Brazilian Funk

When in Rio, you will notice the radios blasting a type of hip-hop/techno music accompanied with rap lyrics.  This musical style is the latest in Brazilian funk music.  In general, funk is any music style related to American R and B or soul music.  Brazilians gave it the name funk because it became popular, in the 70s and 80s, at a time when funk music was popular in America, especially with  African Americans.  However, Rio’s funk scene should not be compared to George Clinton and other American funksters.  Today, funk music is enjoyed throughout Rio but has a close association with the favelas, or ghettos of Rio.

The songs are quite often very explicit about sexuality, drugs, violence, but also chronicle life in the favelas.  In reality, funk is not just music but an urban lifestyle.

Here is a popular TV show where many of Rio’s funk stars perform:

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s