Brazil Sings a New Tune

The rise of MC Guimê and other funk artists to national fame shows how funk music—long associated with violence and the favelas—is going mainstream in Brazil. Brazilian funk—not to be mistaken with the 1970s sounds of U.S. singers such as James Brown—is a dance-music genre based on loops of electronic drums and samples from other songs, combined with rapping or singing. Technology and social media have allowed funk artists such as MC Guimê to make names for themselves despite being largely ignored by major record labels.

Read my story on how technology is widening the audience for funk music in Brazil here. (Clique aqui para Portugues.)


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