Pearls Negras: They’re “precious, beautiful, warriors” and Rio’s latest sensation

Black Women of Brazil

Note from BW of Brazil: Music from Rio’s favela slums has always been disregarded by those from the middle classes. When Samba first came out of morros of Rio de Janeiro in the early 20th century, it was panned as a “coisa do negro” or a “thing of blacks”. The same was said about “Funk Carioca“, a Brazilian take on Florida-based bass music of the 80s and 90s in the US. And like Samba crossing over and also influencing the creation of Bossa Nova in the 1950s, variations of the “Funk Carioca” sound (here and here) has also captured the attention of  middle classes. Now the latest talent to come out of Rio’s majority black favela of Morro do Vidigal may have the goods to take their sound to an international market. As black youth and women are generally ignored by Brazil’s mainstream media, it’s exciting…

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