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By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Dubbed the biggest baile funk (Carioca funk music party) in the world, the Rio Parada Funk (The Rio Funk Stop) returns with its third edition this Sunday, November 24th....
By Anna Kaiser, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Around 25,000 people gathered in Parque de Madureira in Rio’s Zona Norte (North Zone) Sunday, April 28th, for the third annual Batalha do Passinho semi-final. The dance battle gives dancers...
By Sibel Tinar, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – One of the distinct sounds of Rio, Baile Funk can be heard blasting from the many favelas of the city, even from long distances due to its unmistakably distinct...
By Doug Gray, Senior Reporter A Short History Of Baile Funk Part 3, Funk Enters The 21st Century RIO DE JANEIRO - By the turn of the millennium Funk Carioca was slowly seeping out of Rio and Brazil and onto the...
By Doug Gray, Senior Reporter A Short History Of Baile Funk Part 2, The 1980s Electro Revolution RIO DE JANEIRO - Afrika Baambaata grew up in The Bronx, New York, and is widely regarded as the Godfather of Hip Hop. As...
By Doug Gray, Senior Reporter The Formative Years – Rio's Black Music Explosion The name Funk Carioca is taken directly from the musical genre pioneered by James Brown in the mid 1960s after he seized upon Little Richard's funked up rock...
By Sarah Coursey, Editor RIO DE JANEIRO - The roots of Africa in Brazil run as deep as the country's settlement. The African culture has gifted its music, dance and culture to Latin America, and continues to be celebrated...
By Maíra Amorim, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO - In Brazil's winter months of June and July, folkloric events take place throughout the country. A tradition that began in Portugal, the festivals commemorate Saint John, Saint Peter and Saint Anthony....
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