Morro dos Prazeres, sete da manhã Desmontagem da Equipe Pitbull Boladinho. //7 in the morning. Dismounting the soudsystem Pitbull - Boladinho after the "baile" which gathered at least 500 dancers on the top of the favela Morro dos Prazeres.The speaker boxes will be transported by men through the narrow lanes of the slum down to the entrance of the favela, only access point for the transport trucks. Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro 2007.//           Démontage de l´équipe de son "Pitbull - Boladinho", à 7h00 du matin, après le baile qui a réunit au moins 500 personnes au somment de la favela du Morro dos Prazeres. Les caisses d´enceintes sont transportée à dos d´homme à travers les ruelles de la favela jusqu´à son entrée, seul accès pour le camion qui la transporte. Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro 2007.

Rio Baile Funk! Favela Rap

Contempted by the Elite, the carioca Funk - born in the favelas and suburbs - conquested all Brazil; Thousands of youngsters risk their life each week to participate in Baile Funk; more than a rhythm and music, the Baile Funk allows for a generation of cariocas to perform a lifestyle, and express their identity statement and shake the traditional relationship between dominant/dominated through the music and lyrics. Bailes are also a unique place for social mix, where the classes are abolished, even if it’s only for one night!

Vincent Rosenblatt´s photographs concentrate specifically on the funk carioca parties (Bailes) that have taken place in the suburban clubs & favelas in and around Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. The portfolios portray the key components of Baile Funk culture: the mix of tension & attraction that the danced choreography allows, the invention of the Funkeiro body & fashion, the DJs & MCs, the sound systems and the parties themselves.
Life in the favelas is oftentimes publicized for its violence and crime; theses photographs gives a rarely documented insight into this massive underground culture that has suffered decades of prohibition & discrimination. Bailes are maybe the largest informal social project of Rio, as thousands of families make a living from the money generated by the hundreds of weekly Bailes.
Beyond music & parties, Baile Funk is an identity statement of the Afro-Brazilians & a fight for cultural rights.

Muitas vezes desprezados pela elite, os Bailes Funk constituem o principal espaço para o mix social, atraindo cada fim de semana centenas de milhares de jovens da cidade inteira. Para muitos dos frequentadores, não é apenas diversão.
Mas sim de uma necessidade vital, um direito cultural ou civico, algo pelo qual às vezes até arriscam a vida.

Desde 2005, venho dedicando centenas de noites sem sono ao mergulho nos bailes, no corpo-à-corpo com o povo funkeiro.
Com este ensaio em construção, tento resgatar a memória frágil desses encontros, desejos sublimados em imagens, retrato da juventude carioca do início do século XXI.

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Elaine, aka "Baixinha" (the small one) as her neighbours in Santa Marta slum call her. She listens to Funk all day long, in her shack, on the favela heights. Every weekend she goes to the Baile in the favela, wearing the brilliant colours of the "funkeiro" look. Santa Marta, Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro. || Elaine, surnommée "Baixinha" (la petite) par ses voisins de la favela de Santa Marta. Elle vit en écoutant du Funk toute la journée, dans sa baraque, en haut de la favela. Chaque fin de semaine, elle fréquente le Baile de la favela, arborant les couleurs vives du look "funkeiro".
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Baile of Morro do Andarai, Rio de Janeiro.  As a contrast to rap the "baile funk" in the favela is a stage for discipline and respect, being a girl or a boy, a dancer or a junkie. It's a moment of  dignity, pride, collective choreographic creations  No boy will approach a girl during a ball unless invited.  The explicit lyrics of the "baile" contrast with the absence of vulgarity, the beauty of gestures, dance movements.
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Baile Funk in the favela Morro dos Prazeres, in the borough of  Santa Teresa. During the filming of "Favela on Blast".
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Funk & hip hop dancer - Soundsystem Furacão Tsunami at Circo Voador, Lapa, Rio de Janeiro.
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Baile Funk at Boquerão club, Rio de Janeiro.  Soundsystem Furacão Gigante, 2008. || Baile Funk au Clube do Boquerão, Rio de Janeiro. Equipe de som (soundsystem) Furacão Gigante, 2008.
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Young man dressed up as a "Favela warrior" for the Carnival, Rio de Janeiro 2011 // Jovem fantasiado de "Soldado do Morro" no Carnaval 2011.
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ati Quebra Barraco, Baile do Castelo, Rio das Pedras - Rio de Janeiro 2005.  Tati's song  « Tô feia mas tô na moda » - "I'm ugly but I'm fashionable"  became the title of the first Brazilian documentary film on Funk movement, by Denise Garcia. Quebra-Barraco. former cook in a kindergarden in the Cidade de Deus slum made a carreer and a fortune singing explicit raps.
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MC Gorila, from the Gorila & Preto duet, getting his breath back after their show. Gorila & Preto represent the "Funk Comedia" movement, distinguishing themselves from other warlike and sensual raps. Gorila & Preto live in the Rocinha slum and they add humor and self-mockery to sensual raps. Clube Ita Show, Itaborai, Rio de Janeiro state.
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"Baile" of Furacão Tsunami, the most powerful soundsystem on the Funk scene in Rio. Club Boqueirão, downtown Rio de Janeiro . Every hand gesture has a meaning : 3 fingers apart mean "Vida louca" (crazy life), the C and V letters symbolize the Commando Vermelho, the principal drug faction in Rio's favelas.
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Funk ball in Belford Roxo, near Rio de Janeiro. This funk dancer is using a rose, symbol of the boys band "The Don Juans", famous for their romantic raps.
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Baile Funk in the Castelo favela in Rio das Pedras, western area of Rio de Janeiro. This young "funkeira" is only 12 years old, but going out to the Baile is the most awaited moment in her week.
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A dancer of the Furacão soundsystem shows the fashion codes of the "funkeira" : ripped jeans and naked belly.  Rio de Janeiro. The Funk carioca movement is fashion and look as well  : The boys show off their muscles and naked torsos, adorned with chains and tattoos, accessories which will make the difference during the ball.  Girls will look after their bikini marks, which will appear above mini-skirts or micro-shorts.  Everything is worth to draw attention!
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A Funkeira in a trance. Baile of  Furacão Tsunami soundsystem , teh most powerful on the Carioca funk scene. Campo do Ferroviario, Austin, Rio de Janeiro 2006.
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"Baile" of Furacão Tsunami, the most powerful soundsystem on the Funk scene in Rio. Campo do Ferroviario, Austin, Rio de Janeiro 2006.
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"Baile" of Curtisomrio soundsystem, at Club Mourisco, Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro. "Swingue" interval in the middle of the Funk ball: north-american slows or samba-pagode allow the "funkeiros" a more romantic dance...
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The curves of Chris & Dani, dancers of  "As Tchutchucas", famous girls' band of the Carioca funk scene.  Ilha do Governador, Rio de Janeiro. .
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Two friends. Curtisomrio soundsystem at the club Nilopolitano, 2005. The Funk carioca movement is fashion and look as well  : naked bellys, curves, adorned with golden chains, tattoos and piercing , as to distinguish oneself during the ball Everything is worth to  draw attention!
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"Baile" at the club Boquerão, downtown, Rio de Janeiro 2006. In the heat of the "baile", boys will often drop take off their T-shirt. But to draw the girl's attention, choreographic inventivity and body movements will make the difference!
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Baile Funk in the favela Morro de Salgueiro, Rio de Janeiro, 2006. A 14 years old funkeira.
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A funkeiros' boys band ("Os Feras" - The beasts) during a baile in Favela da Gamba, Complexo do Lins, Northern zone, Rio de Janeiro 2009. Many times, the show ends with a hint of a strip tease, under the girls'cheers.
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During a ball of Soundsystem CurtisomRio at  Boqueirão club , Rio de Janeiro.  Funk balls, apart from the favelas, have other places in the city. where the liberty is different.  The police watch the politically incorrect rap texts. Balls might be prohibited if the texts  exceed the limits, beeing to sexually or warlike explicits. In spite of the limited freedom of speech, there is a greater freedom of acts :  flirting, kissing, caressing...This is Rio and everyone can try one's luck.
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FURIA - the new Curtisomrio team soundsystem. After two years of eclipse, Curtisomrio rebirth as a phenix at the club Boquerão do passeio, center of Rio de Janeiro. || Après deux années d'absence, l'équipe Curtisomrio renaît avec la FURIA sa nouvelle "Equipe de Som" au club Boquerão.
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Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro 2007. The biggest slum in Rio, located in the heart of the city's richest areas : São Conrado, Gavea and Barra da Tijuca.  There are at least 4 baile each weekend.
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A sudden fog, coming from the sea, appears and covers the borough of Flamengo : on the foreground, the favela Santo Amaro.
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MC Ombrinho, a young funk singer from the favela Turano, had his hair cut and dyed with the Puma sneakers' logo. Baile atclub Boqueirão, Downtown Rio de Janeiro. The Funk carioca movement is fashion and look as well : the boys will use their shaved heads as a screen.  Fluorescent white Batman, short cut red hair, or a cut out name  as to attract the girls' attention and assert oneself.
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Baile of soundsystem Pitbull Boladinho. Favela Morro do São João - Northern Area, Rio de Janeiro.As a contrast to rap the "baile funk" in the favela is a stage for discipline and respect, being a girl or a boy, a dancer or a junkie. It's a moment of  dignity, pride, collective choreographic creations. ||  Baile de l´Équipe de Pitbull Boladinho. Favela du Morro do São João - Zona Norte Rio de Janeiro 2010. "Du  paroxysme de la violence aux sentiments les plus ingénus,  de minuit à l’aube, seront ressassés tous les désirs et les peurs, les rêves de puissance et de domination, mais toujours sous le signe du jeu et de la dérision, scandés par des murs d’enceintes géantes…Contrastant avec la logorrhée des raps, le baile funk de la favela est tout en discipline, respect de l’autre. Moment de dignité retrouvée, de fierté, de créations chorégraphiques collectives".
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Soundsystem Curtisomrio Boladona,  Ball at the Boquerão club, Rio de Janeiro || Equipe Curtisomrio Boladona, baile do Boquerão, Rio de Janeiro.
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Soundsystem Curtisomrio Boladona,  Ball at the Boquerão club, Rio de Janeiro. || Equipe de son Curtisomrio Boladona, baile du Boquerão, Rio de Janeiro.
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A funkeiro, at the Baile of the soundsystem Furacão Tsunami, the most powerful on the Carioca Funk scene. Campo do Ferroviario, Austin, Rio de Janeiro. As a contrast to rap the "baile funk" in the favela is a stage for discipline and respect, being a girl or a boy, a dancer or a junkie. It's a moment of  dignity, pride, collective choreographic creations.
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Funkeiro at the ball of soundsystem Curtisomrio, at the Amnésia club, in the city of Alcântara, near  São Gonçalo.
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Funkeiros improvising a zombies'dance at the Baile of Curtisomrio's soundsystem, club Amnésia, in the city of Alcântara, near São Gonçalo.
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"Batman" at the Boqueirão club Baile Funk, Downtown Rio de Janeiro.  The Funk carioca movement is fashion and look as well : the boys will use their shaved heads as a screen.  Fluorescent white Batman, short cut red hair, or cut out name  as to attract the girls' attention and assert oneself.
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Dancers' shadows on the speakers. "Os Sedutores", a boys' band from  Jacare, a favela  in Rio's North area, are performing at the "baile" of  the favela Boca do Mato. For those boys' bands, to enter the Funk scene represents an opportunity to get a living and win the esteem of tens of thousands of "funkeiros", to succeed beyond the fatality of drug trafficking or miserable wages.
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"Os Sedutores", a boys band from  Jacare, a favela  in Rio's North area, are performing at the "baile" of  the favela Boca do Mato. For those boys bands, to enter the Funk scene represents an opportunity to get a living and win the esteem of tens of thousands of "funkeiros", to succeed beyond the fatality of drug trafficking or miserable wages.
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A dancer of "Os Sedutores", a boys band from  Jacare, a favela  in Rio's North area, are performing at the "baile" of  the favela Boca do Mato. For those boys bands, to enter the Funk scene represents an opportunity to get a living and win the esteem of tens of thousands of "funkeiros", to succeed beyond the fatality of drug trafficking or miserable wages.
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Jayson, funkeiro at the baile of Favela Central.The Funk carioca movement is fashion and look as well  : The boys show off their muscles and naked torsos, adorned with chains and tattoos, accessories which will make the difference during the ball.  Girls will look after their bikini marks, which will appear above mini-skirts or micro-shorts.  Everything is worth to draw attention!
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DJ Fú on the turntables of club UBS, in the borough of São Cristovão, Rio de Janeiro.  Fú - like a few other famous Funk DJs from the favelas - produce some of the greatest hits on the carioca funk scene. An old PC, a microphone, a pirate software downloaded on internet ... Those mini-studios produce an average of  50 to 80 music tunes a month ,  MCs from the entire city get to cover long distances to have a chance and work with the best DJs.   They are the Funk carioca living base,  put their productions online and launch them on community radios as well as during the "bailes".
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Gracy, funkeira from Santo Amaro slum, on the dancefloor of club Boquerão, at a ball organized by Curtisomrio soundsystem, downtown Rio de Janeiro.
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Baile at Morro do Andarai, Rio de Janeiro 2006. As a contrast to rap the "baile funk" in the favela is a stage for discipline and respect, being a girl or a boy, a dancer or a junkie. It's a moment of  dignity, pride collective choreographic creations  No boy will approach a girl during a ball unless invited.  The explicit lyrics of the "baile" contrast with the absence of vulgarity, the beauty of gestures, dance movements.
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"Perversos" show at the Boquerão "baile". Their choreographies end up with the beginning of a strip tease, which turns girls into frenzy. The male dancers are snatched by the girls who will try and undress, kiss or touch them. Rio de Janeiro.
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Ball at the Morro do Cantagalo, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro. As a contrast to rap the "baile funk" in the favela is a stage for discipline and respect, being a girl or a boy, a dancer or a junkie. It's a moment of  dignity, pride, collective choreographic creations  No boy will approach a girl during a ball unless invited.  The explicit lyrics of the "baile" contrast with the absence of vulgarity, the beauty of gestures, dance movements.
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"Baile" of Curtisomrio soundsystem, at Club Mourisco, Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro. "Swingue" interval in the middle of the Funk ball: north-american slows or samba-pagode allow the "funkeiros" a more romantic dance...
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During a ball of Soundsystem CurtisomRio at  Boqueirão club , Rio de Janeiro.  Funk balls, apart from the favelas, have other places in the city. where the liberty is different.  The police watch the politically incorrect rap texts. Balls might be prohibited if the texts  exceed the limits, beeing to sexually or warlike explicits. In spite of the limited freedom of speech, there is a greater freedom of acts :  flirting, kissing, caressing...This is Rio and everyone can try one's luck.
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Show of the "Piratas", a group  from the Mineira slum,  at the Boquerão ball,  Rio de Janeiro. Their choreographies end up with the beginning of a strip tease, which turns girls into frenzy.   Makale, leader of the group, tries and resists as the girls will try everything to snatch and undress him!   To enter the Funk scene represents a chance to earn a living and the esteem of tens of thousands of funkeiros, to have a life ahead of fatality, drug trafficking and miserable salaries.  © Vincent Rosenblatt / Agencia Olhares
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Mister Catra, godfather of the Funk carioca, during a show at the  Baile Funk of club Boquerão do Passeio, downtown Rio.
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Baile do Castelo, Rio das Pedras, Rio de Janeiro . This ball of the western area of Rio de Janeiro is well known for its social diversity : from the "playboys" from Barra neighborhood to the slum's inhabitants...  In this extended favela,  drug trafficking doesn't exist because it is controlled by a paramilitary militia. In a city where social classes are divided and where whole territories are controlled by drug traffickers or militias, the Funk carioca movement, enables for the time of a "baile" to forget differences
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Baile do Castelo, Rio das Pedras, Rio de Janeiro . This ball of the western area of Rio de Janeiro is well known for its social diversity : from the "playboys" from Barra neighborhood to the slum's inhabitants...  In this extended slum,  drug trafficking doesn't exist because it is controlled by a paramilitary militia. In a city where social classes are divided and where whole territories are controlled by drug traffickers or militias, the Funk carioca movement, enables for the time of a "baile" to forget differences
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Baile funk at the club Big Field, in Campo Grande, Rio de Janeiro. The boys band "Don Juans", one of the most famous groups of Funk dancers, is performing. At the end of the show, Tony will give the rose he keeps in his pants to a  "Juanita" .
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Baile do Castelo, Rio das Pedras, Rio de Janeiro . This ball of the western area of Rio de Janeiro is well known for its social diversity : from the "playboys" from Barra neighborhood to the slum's inhabitants...  In this extended slum,  drug trafficking doesn't exist because it is controlled by a paramilitary militia. In a city where social classes are divided and where whole territories are controlled by drug traffickers or militias, the Funk carioca movement, enables for the time of a "baile" to forget differences
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"Baile" of Glamorosa soundsystem in the favela Arvore Seca, Rio de Janeiro. Arvore Seca's Baile, among the favelas of the Complexo do Lins, is one of the most notorious of Rio de Janeiro.
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Ball at the Morro do Cantagalo, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro. As a contrast to rap the "baile funk" in the favela is a stage for discipline and respect, being a girl or a boy, a dancer or a junkie. It's a moment of  dignity, pride, collective choreographic creations  No boy will approach a girl during a ball unless invited.  The explicit lyrics of the "baile" contrast with the absence of vulgarity, the beauty of gestures, dance movements.
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Two sisters attend the Baile in the favela Mineira, Rio de Janeiro. As a contrast to rap the "baile funk" in the favela is a stage for discipline and respect, being a girl or a boy, a dancer or a junkie. It's a moment of  dignity, pride, collective choreographic creations  No boy will approach a girl during a ball unless invited.  The explicit lyrics of the "baile" contrast with the absence of vulgarity, the beauty of gestures, dance movements.
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Show of the "Piratas",  a group  from the favela Mineira,  at the Boquerão ball,  Rio de Janeiro. Diego, one of the 3 dancers.  To enter the Funk scene represents a chance to earn a living and the esteem of tens of thousands of funkeiros, to have a life ahead of fatality, drug trafficking and miserable salaries.
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MC Deize Tigrona (the Tigress) - native of the favela City of God - has long worked as a domestic help in rich boroughs. She has conquered a status as a national star with her mischievous, double meaning funks, which respond to the macho lyrics of male MCs .  She's the main character of the Brazilian documentary film  "To feia mas to na moda" by Denise Garcia.
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A funkeiros' boys band ("Os Feras" - The beasts) during a baile in Favela da Gamba, Complexo do Lins, Northern zone, Rio de Janeiro 2009. Many times, the show ends with a hint of a strip tease, under the girls'cheers.
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The Hawaianos, one of the most famous boys band of the Carioca funk scene, from the favela Cidade de Deus,  during a show at club Boqueirão baile funk , downtown Rio de Janeiro.  Their success is due to their choreographic creativity :  They transform the movements of TV comics heroes into dance steps.  Every weekend, they go on the roads of Rio de Janeiro State to perform in about ten bailes, for which they get paid between 200 and 2000 euros each show.
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Two members of the boys band "Os Teimosos"  ("the nasty boys") -natives of the favela Fallet  in the borough of Santa Teresa- at the  Baile organized in the hall of samba school Vizinha Faladeira, downtown old Rio de Janeiro. In  Rio, the Samba places usually house Bailes Funk, out of the Carnaval's season. The sambistas remember that  50 years ago, it was their music which was then despised and criminalised.
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Moment of seduction. Baile organized in the hall of samba school Vizinha Faladeira, downtown old Rio de Janeiro. In  Rio, the Samba places usually house Bailes Funk, out of the Carnaval's season. The sambistas remember that  50 years ago, it was their music which was then despised and criminalised.
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In the heat of a Baile Funk, Ball at Boqueirão club, Rio de Janeiro.
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A moment of seduction.  Baile Funk on sunday night at Club 18, in the borough of Olaria, by the entry of the Complexo do Alem
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A moment of seduction. Baile Funk at favela Morro da Gamba, in the Lins complex , Northern area of Rio de Janeiro.  DJ Pernalonga's soundsystem.
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"Bonde das Capetinhas" , "the little devils' band" .  They won't miss any baile funk  of the Lins' complex of  favelas. This picture : Baile in the favela  Morro da Gamba, Northern area of Rio de Janeiro, with DJ Pernalonga's soundsystem.
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A young funkeira, member of  the "Bonde das Capetinhas" - "the little devils' band" .  She won't miss any baile funk  of the Lins' complex of  favelas. This picture : Baile in the favela  Morro da Gamba, Northern area of Rio de Janeiro, with DJ Pernalonga's soundsystem.  © Vincent Rosenblatt / Agencia Olhares
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Funkeiro. Baile Funk on sunday night at Club 18, in the borough of Olaria, by the entry of the Complexo do Alemão's favelas.
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Fabricia, 12 , at the Baile Charme Hip Hop in Nilopolis, Rio de Janeiro.
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Funkeiro at the baile of  favela Arvore Seca, New Year's eve 2009.
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Baile do Castelo, Rio das Pedras, Rio de Janeiro . This ball of the western area of Rio de Janeiro is well known for its social diversity : from the "playboys" from Barra neighborhood to the slum's inhabitants...  In this extended slum,  drug trafficking doesn't exist because it is controlled by a paramilitary militia. In a city where social classes are divided and where whole territories are controlled by drug traffickers or militias, the Funk carioca movement, enables for the time of a "baile" to forget differences.
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Funkeira, ball at Castelo das Pedras, favela Rio das Pedras - Western area of Rio de Janeiro.
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DJ Marcelo - Funk DJ "da antiga", vinyl records veteran , during a "Funk contest" organised in the favela Santa Marta by the Apafunk ,(Professionals and Friends of Funk Association), which fights for the decriminalization and the recognition of the Funk Carioca culture.  Santa Marta's favela is experimentally occupied by the military police since early 2009, after 30 years of domination of the drug dealers & gang war. But Baile Funk, the genuine leasure of the favela's habitants, hasn't been authorized yet.
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A "funkeira" dancing next to the soundsystem, the speakers'wall whose bass shakes bodies and houses of the favela and nearby boroughs. Baile Funk in the favela Morro de São João, Northern area, Rio de Janeiro.
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Baile of soundsystem Glamorosa. Favela Arvore Seca, Complexo do Lins, Northern Area,  Rio de Janeiro.As a contrast to rap the "baile funk" in the favela is a stage for discipline and respect, being a girl or a boy, a dancer or a junkie. It's a moment of  dignity, pride, collective choreographic creations. ||    Baile de l´Équipe de Som Glamorosa. Favela de Arvore Seca, Complexo du Lins, Zona Norte Rio de Janeiro 2007. "Du  paroxysme de la violence aux sentiments les plus ingénus,  de minuit à l’aube, seront ressassés tous les désirs et les peurs, les rêves de puissance et de domination, mais toujours sous le signe du jeu et de la dérision, scandés par des murs d’enceintes géantes…Contrastant avec la logorrhée des raps, le baile funk de la favela est tout en discipline, respect de l’autre. Moment de dignité retrouvée, de fierté, de créations chorégraphiques collectives".
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Giant Baile Funk in the favela Chapadão, zona norte, Rio de Janeiro 2011. Far from the "pacified" zona sul, wild funk scene still exists, far from the controled areas. There the forbidden songs (proibidão) still have a space to florish. With the soundsystems Chatubão Digital & Pitbull Dente de Aço.
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Giant Baile Funk in the favela Chapadão, zona norte, Rio de Janeiro 2011. Far from the "pacified" zona sul, wild funk scene still exists, far from the controled areas. There the forbidden songs (proibidão) still have a space to florish. With the soundsystems Chatubão Digital & Pitbull Dente de Aço.
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DJ Byano & MC Ticão performing at the Baile of the favela Chapadäo, zona norte, Rio de Janeiro. DJ Byano - like a few other famous Funk DJs from the favelas - produce some of the greatest hits on the carioca funk scene. An old PC, a microphone, a pirate software downloaded on internet ... Those mini-studios produce an average of  50 to 80 music tunes a month ,  MCs from the entire city get to cover long distances to have a chance and work with the best DJs.   They are the Funk carioca living base,  put their productions online and launch them on community radios as well as during the "bailes".
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"Funkeiros" at the Baile Funk in the favela Chapadão, zona norte, Rio de Janeiro 2011. Away from the "pacified" zona sul, wild funk scene still exists, far from the controled areas. There the forbidden songs (proibidão) still have a space to florish.
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"Baile" at the club Boquerão, downtown, Rio de Janeiro 2006. In the heat of the "baile", boys will often drop take off their T-shirt. But to draw the girl's attention, choreographic inventivity and body movements will make the difference!
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Tamiris & Sidney, funkeiros at a Baile at club Boquerão do Passeio, with the soundsystem Curtisomrio.
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Sidney, funkeiro,  never misses the Baile of club  Boquerão do Passeio, with soundsystem Curtisomrio - where he can try his choreography and a seductive approach.
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Tati Quebra Barraco, superstar female funk singer, Baile do Castelo, Rio das Pedras - Rio de Janeiro.  Tati's song  « Tô feia mas tô na moda » - "I'm ugly but I'm fashionable"  became the title of the first Brazilian documentary film on Funk movement, by Denise Garcia. Quebra-Barraco. former cook in a kindergarden in the Cidade de Deus slum made a carreer and a fortune singing explicit raps.
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"Baile" at the Ramos Social Clube, close to the Complexo do Alemão's favelas, Rio de Janeiro 2009. In the heat of the "baile", boys will often drop take off their T-shirt. But to draw the girl's attention, choreographic inventivity and body movements will make the difference!  Homoerotism is often part of the seduction game.
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"Baile" at the Social Ramos Club, close to the Complexo do Alemão's favelas, Rio de Janeiro 2009. In the heat of the "baile", boys will often drop take off their T-shirt. But to draw the girl's attention, choreographic inventivity and body movements will make the difference!  Homoerotism is often part of the seduction game.
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"Baile" at the club Paranhos, close to the Complexo do Alemão's favelas, Rio de Janeiro 2009. In the heat of the "baile", boys will often drop take off their T-shirt. But to draw the girl's attention, choreographic inventivity and body movements will make the difference!  Homoerotism is often part of the seduction game.
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Baile Funk in a creche of favela Vila Cruzeiro, Complexo da Penha, Rio de Janeiro.
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Funkeiros. Baile Funk on sunday night at Club 18, in the borough of Olaria, by the entry of the Complexo do Alemão's favelas.
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Funkeiras at the Big Mix soundsystem's baile, club Emoções, favela Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro.
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Baile do Castelo, Rio das Pedras, Rio de Janeiro . This ball of the western area of Rio de Janeiro is well known for its social diversity : from the "playboys" from Barra neighborhood to the slum's inhabitants...  In this extended slum,  drug trafficking doesn't exist because it is controlled by a paramilitary militia. In a city where social classes are divided and where whole territories are controlled by drug traffickers or militias, the Funk carioca movement, enables for the time of a "baile" to forget differences
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Baile do Castelo, Rio das Pedras, Rio de Janeiro . This ball of the western area of Rio de Janeiro is well known for its social diversity : from the "playboys" from Barra neighborhood to the slum's inhabitants...  In this extended slum,  drug trafficking doesn't exist because it is controlled by a paramilitary militia. In a city where social classes are divided and where whole territories are controlled by drug traffickers or militias, the Funk carioca movement, enables for the time of a "baile" to forget differences.
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Baile do Castelo, Rio das Pedras, Rio de Janeiro . This ball of the western area of Rio de Janeiro is well known for its social diversity : from the "playboys" from Barra neighborhood to the slum's inhabitants...  In this extended slum,  drug trafficking doesn't exist because it is controlled by a paramilitary militia. In a city where social classes are divided and where whole territories are controlled by drug traffickers or militias, the Funk carioca movement, enables for the time of a "baile" to forget differences.
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Baile do Castelo, Rio das Pedras, Rio de Janeiro . This ball of the western area of Rio de Janeiro is well known for its social diversity : from the "playboys" from Barra neighborhood to the slum's inhabitants...  In this extended slum,  drug trafficking doesn't exist because it is controlled by a paramilitary militia. In a city where social classes are divided and where whole territories are controlled by drug traffickers or militias, the Funk carioca movement, enables for the time of a "baile" to forget differences.
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Lacraia ("centipede"), dancer and transvestite, is famous for her duo work with MC Serginho, from the favela Jacarézinho : after years touring bailes Funk, now they present newcomer artists on TV. Lacraia is without doubt the most rapid and supple Funk dancer on the Carioca scene.  Photo: Lacraia putting on her make up before entering the stage at club Nova Show in São Gonçalo.
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Valeska, dancer & singer  of Funk girls band "Gaiola das Popozudas" ("the big buttocks' cage"), Baile Funk at Boqueirão club, downtown Rio de Janeiro. Valeska also posed for a special issue of Brazilian Playboy . The aggressive, feminist and sexually explicit lyrics made Valeska an icon in Brazil, beyond her various silicon implants.
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Marina, a Funk dancer, at the  Baile organized in the hall of samba school Vizinha Faladeira, downtown old Rio de Janeiro. In  Rio, the Samba places usually house Bailes Funk, out of the Carnaval's season. The sambistas remember that  50 years ago, it was their music which was then despised and criminalised.
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Dancing to catarsis at the Baile Funk of the Boqueirão club, Rio de Janeiro 2010.
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Funkeira on the dancefloor of club Boquerão, at a ball organized by Curtisomrio soundsystem, downtown Rio de Janeiro.
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Daiane, then a dancer of  "Bonde da Loura", known under the nickname  "Mulher Jaca" (Jaca : a tropical fruit) performing during a Baile funk in Nova Iguacu, in Rio de Janeiro's suburbs. Numerous MCs perform with female dancers who sometimes give a hint of a strip tease . The male audience doesn't loose a second of this show.
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Dancer, "Baile" Funk at club Boquerão do Passeio, downtown Rio de Janeiro.  Soundsystem Curtisomrio.
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Daiane, aka "Mulher Jaca", then a dancer of "Bonde da Loira" group, exhibits her bikini marks. Show Caravane do Funk, Volta Redonda, Rio de Janeiro.  The Funk carioca movement is fashion and look as well  : The boys show off their muscles and naked torsos, adorned with chains and tattoos, accessories which will make the difference during the ball.  Girls will look after their bikini marks, which will appear above mini-skirts or micro-shorts.  Everything is worth to draw attention!
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Submachine gun pendant ,  Baile of Curtisomrio soundsystem, downtown Rio de Janeiro.  A hint to the omnipresence of weapons on favelas' territory.The Funk carioca movement is fashion and look as well : the boys try and identify themselves to the gangs' "warriors" who dominate Rio's favelas as to attract the girls' attention and assert oneself.
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Dani, dancer of the girls band "Tchutchucas" from favela Vila Cruzeiro, shows her eccentric look,  mixing leather and netting stockings. Vila Cruzeiro, Rio de Janeiro.The Funk carioca movement is fashion and look as well  : The boys show off their muscles and naked torsos, adorned with chains and tattoos, accessories which will make the difference during the ball.  Girls will look after their bikini marks, which will appear above mini-skirts or micro-shorts.  Everything is worth to draw attention!
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Pendant representing a deceased friend. Baile Funk in Morro do Turano slum. Rio de Janeiro, 2006.The Funk carioca movement is fashion and look as well  : The boys show off their muscles and naked torsos, adorned with chains and tattoos, accessories which will make the difference during the ball.  Girls will look after their bikini marks, which will appear above mini-skirts or micro-shorts.  Everything is worth to draw attention!
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