Brazilian Funk Part 1: Funk in Rio TV show hosted by MC Ellu
Brazilian Funk is a musical style which is widely believed to have been inspired by American music, including Miami Bass, and adapted to reflect life in the slums of Rio de Janeiro. An example of a famous old school funk song is:
This genre has a distinctive beat which remains constant, but a wide array of sub-categories based on the themes discussed in the lyrics. These range from conscious funk, which describes the challenges faced by some of the poorer residents in Brazil, to funk ostentação, which glamorises the riches and fame successful artists can obtain.
Culture in Context had the great privilege of being invited to MC Ellu´s weekly web TV show, called Funk in Rio. MC Ellu is a female funk artist, who has been featured on Brazilian national television.
She has used this exposure to create her programme, Funk in Rio, in which she showcases up and coming funk artists. In a city where territorial rivalries between drug gangs mean it can be risky for people to move between neighbourhoods, her initiative also provides a safe space for artists from all over the region to meet. She further supports local MCs by producing mixtapes which are distributed in the whole of the Rio.
The following videos show some of the talent on display the night Culture in Context filmed the Funk in Rio show.
MC Ellu´s Youtube channel is https://www.youtube.com/user/mcellu and the Facebook page of the Funk in Rio TV show is https://www.facebook.com/Ellumc/