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Our man in Brazil

June 7, 2010

My friend Diego has written some words about the Brazilian music scene.

The first track is probably the song that reminds me most of Brazil, you here it everywhere here; on the bus, in the bars, in the internet cafes, even when you’re chilling with your project chick in the favelas. There are many different versions but this is the original and best. Jorge Ben represented Rio’s wing of Brazil’s Tropicalia movement, his style sounds like Afro-American funk mixed with Samba. He actually wrote ‘mas que nada‘, made more famous by Sergio Mendes.

When he is not trying to impress posh girls by posting diverse videos from the field of electronica, Oli likes to impress his nigga Kai by posting vulgar, predictable hip-hop from the likes of Drake. Most wiggas like me think hip-hop died years ago, but Florida collective Cyne show that it’s still very much alive with their track Paradise.

My third offering is a bit of a shit song, infact most Brazilian baile funk sounds repetitive. But going to a live baile in the favela’s is one of the funnest things you will ever do in your life. Baile funk, born in the favela’s of Rio de Janeiro, is Brazil’s answer to grime, drum and bass, or hip hop. The main difference being when you go to a baile you’re surrounded by half naked Brazilian girls, not sweaty English bagheads. Yank DJ Diplo often plays baile funk, his tune Perção is worth a listen.

And in case you were wondering, yes, I can do the dance shown at 01:57.

Abracos x

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 7, 2010 4:56 pm

    who is that dishy guy on the beach ?


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