You Gotta Fight for Your Right To Party? Rio’s Wicked War on Baile Funk

Baile funk emerged in favelas during the 1980s under Brazil’s military dictatorship and provided a space for young Afro-Brazilians to claim a tangible black identity grounded in a vibrant local culture, but it also became inextricably associated with drug cartels, drawn to the funk scene both as a retail venue and as a means to promote their own particular faction.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Many of Rio de Janeiro’s oldest favela communities have long been regarded as well-springs of popular cultural creativity – especially musically – and this is a process that has not ceased. What has changed is the reception this creativity has received in the wider community.

Communities like Mangueira (among others) are justifiably famous for their role as incubators and innovators of musical genres – like samba and choro – that have come . . .

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