Or browse results titled :. Songs focused on dancing and partying were offset by those that addressed political issues—like poverty, violence, crime, drugs, and racism. Their take on the song became an international hit, but it also provoked the ire of local government, who had it banned from the radio. Albuquerque wrote a lengthy discussion of the case for Vice Brazil. Despite all of this, funk carioca is more popular than ever, and while radio play is still limited, the music has taken off on the internet.
“Olha a Explosão” (“Watch the Explosion”)
All rights reserved. These are people whose identity, lifestyle, fashion, and body language are defined by funk. Photographer Vincent Rosenblatt spent ten years documenting the funk scene in Rio, and his work was recently featured in the March issue of National Geographic in Brazil.
“Rap da Felicidade” (“Rap of Happiness”)
In the whole country, funk carioca is most often simply known as funk , although it is very different musically from what funk means in most other places. Funk carioca was once a direct derivative of samba , Afrobeat , Miami bass , Latin music , traditional African religious music, Candomble , hip-hop and freestyle another Miami-based genre music from the US. The reason why these genres, very localized in the US, became popular and influential in Rio de Janeiro is due to proximity. Miami was a popular plane stop for Rio DJs to buy the latest American records. Along with the Miami influence came the longtime influence of the slave trade in Colonial Brazil. Various African religions like vodun , and candomble were brought with the enslaved Africans to the Americas. The same beat is found in Afro-Religious music in the African diaspora and many black Brazilians identify as being part of this religion. This genre of music was mainly started by those in black communities in Brazil, therefore a boiling pot of influences to derive the trademark. Many similar types of music genres can be found in Caribbean island nations such as; Jamaica , Cuba , Dominican Republic , Barbados , Haiti , Puerto Rico , among others.
Over the years, the favelas grew exponentially and, even now, a migration of labourers, mainly from the poorer north-east, is still going on. The result: gigantic neighbourhoods without any spatial planning. It was in these favelas in the 80s that funk carioca became extremely popular. Due to the strong connotation of the favela with violence and drugs, people from outside the favela rarely dared and still rarely dare to enter those neighborhoods. However, funk proved itself strong enough to cross this psychological boundary, starting with radio and television broadcasts about funk which soon became popular among many cariocas inhabitants of Rio. Brazilian funk music consists, with a strong influence from American hip-hop, of a DJ and an MC either rapping or singing , sometimes accompanied by live drums and a group of dancers. In the early years of the funk, DJs used loops of electronic drums from Miami bass. Funk was born and has developed itself in a typically Brazilian way, integrating musical and cultural elements from everywhere, but evolving in a very personal way.