Thursday, March 09, 2006

Rio Baile Funk - Favela Booty Beats / M.I.A. - Arular

The "Favela Funk" was born in illegal parties organized at the poor neighborhoods of Rio de Janeiro and is now taking over the world, from suburban undergroung parties to posh and chic clubs, with the help of Dj's such as Diplo or DJ Malboro. This music is raw, dry and minimal, with basic-nonsense-semi-erotical lyrics, and is inspired by hip-hop, jungle or electro, having some parallels with emerging movements such as the miami bass, grime, crunk or the jamaican dancehall. In few words, it's completely infectious and irrestistible to dance to, with an addictive groove. A good way to start is with the compilation "Rio Baile Funk - Favela Booty Beats", which represents this style very well.

One step ahead is already taken by M.I.A. with her debut "Arular", which was probably one of the most important albuns of 2005 and has Diplo as one of its producers. She wisely joined together all the emerging underground movements mentioned above and created a completely new sound. Even her biography helps the myth, as she had to leave her country, Sri-Lanka, for political reasons - her father is a rebellion leader and is believed to still being in the Sri-Lanka forests, fighting the government troops.

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