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Held in contempt by the Elite, the Carioca Funk – born in the favelas and suburbs – has grown to conquer all Brazil. Thousands of youngsters risk their life each week to participate in Baile Funk.

More than the rhythm and music, the Baile Funk allows 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.


These photos portrays 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; yet these 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…





Source: Agencia Olhares


3 Comments leave one →
  1. 18/11/2011 13:44


  2. Brasilian permalink
    29/11/2013 18:49

    Im brasilian and im very proud of my culture and country! This is the purest expression of that people who suffer in this system imposed by the richest countries! Baile (ball) funk is a rich place and source of history and culture!
    One thing: it doesn’t happens only in Rio, but all over the country! And I think that those images you chose are very exaggerated, maybe used as a tool of sensationalist!

  3. Alexandre permalink
    04/04/2014 23:23

    This is Brazil. But I mean it happens more in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo mainly in slums where people do not study. I live in the south of the country and here we have more financial conditions. thus study, and we are ashamed of this part of the country.

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