2006, Fri, Jun 02

Baile Funk

Ballroom: The late-night meeting place | Copyright: Ellen Kraft

Ballroom: The late-night meeting place | Copyright: Ellen Kraft

This late-night meeting place offers a Brazilian mixture of rap, hip hop, traditional song, dance and instruments, turntables, samba and its equally rhythmic predecessor, maracatú.

A hard-edged dance style of screeching raps and booty-shaking beats, the sound of a Baile Funk (Favela Funk ball) can be considered the bastard child of Miami Bass music, which arrived in Brazil in the mid-1980s and went native. It’s music designed to be played as loud as possible throughout the sweltering tropical night. Baile Funk is a reflection of Brazil's (mythical or not) melting pot society, throwing into the saucepan a mixture of Funk, Miami Bass, Electro, Rap, Hip-Hop, Freestyle, Bastard pop and MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira). Plus some lively and unrelenting Brazilian rapping style that report live and direct from the favela streets.

An event within the framework of Focus Brasil IN TRANSIT 06 / Copa da Cultura – Brasil + Deutschland 2006