In the documentary “Inside the Mind of Favela Funk”, two Dutch female directors dive into the world of Rio baile funk. The film explores the connections between the lyrics of baile funk and the personal, daily (love) life of its protagonists, their surroundings being shaped by a lawless sub culture of drug gangs, violence and sex. “Inside The Mind Of Favela Funk” is an introspection into Brazilian underground music and its gender values. Catch it at a documentary festival near you. Or watch the trailer below.
In Seiji´s long spanning career, the king of West London broken beat has made many tracks that were so ahead of their time, is almost spooky. His track “Basslips”, released on the 5 year anniversary compilation of Man Recordings – “Valeu” – is one of such tracks. With it´s off beat, a heavy bassline and a melody line that resembles “Township Funk”, “Basslips” felt groove patterns of current Afro House already six years ago . Listen to this golden tropical bass nugget below:
Brasil is currently not only experiencing a political crisis , its economy is in trouble too. And there´s probably no Brasilian music genre that is more effected by the money crash than funk ostentação. The São Paulo version of baile funk, which rose to prominence with artists such as MC Guimé or MC João displaying their new wealth in music videos full of gold chains, raining cash and expensive cars has lost its meaning. Brasilian researchers Renato Barreiros and Renato Meirelle show in this short, yet informative documentary, what went wrong. If you don´t understand Portuguese, switch to English subtitles in the Youtube settings.