The Movement of Baile Funk |


When I started to read about funk culture, it was in 2008, 2009 and the movement isn’t so expensive as it now. Few people were talking about it, the boom of funk mundial (with Diplo and Haaksman) was over, and there was just few producers making something with funk. The contact with original artists was too hard as now, today a lot f them are on Facebook, on Soundcloud, they answer our mail. Years ago, it was only by telephone, when I’ve lucky to found a number. But the main point about it is: you can deny, but Baile Funk is the most popular music on Brazil.
To explain how funk is getting popular day-by-day on Brazil and world (Diplo and João Branko came recently to Brazil to met MC Bin Laden) I need to explain this movement from beginning.

 The Movement of Baile Funk |

Baile funk is a wrong term; maybe the right spelling can be “Funk Carioca”, because “Baile Funk” is the same thing as “party of Funk”. In the 80’s, cariocas (people who born in Rio de Janeiro) are partying at big warehouses and gymnasiums. They rent the equipment and DJs play the hip-hop from California, in 70’s they usual to dance Funk, e.g. by James Brown. When some producers start to get influence from Miami Bass, the carioca loved the new beat. Unless they say ‘hip-hop’ they still using ‘funk’ to talk about this new genre. On this parties, people was dancing and sing over what they understood about english lyric, this is the origin of movement. So in ending of 80s, Dj Marlboro created the first funk carioca album, the “Dj Malboro Presents, Funk Brasil” bringing the same melody of Miami Bass tracks to a ‘brazilian way’ to sing it.

*This track has the same beat and melody of Oh Sally by 2 Live Crew.

So after this kick-starter, Dj Marlboro presents to crowd, media, and producers a new idea of this funk. In starter of 90’s more and more music are becoming popular on favela crowd, as Rap do Solitário, Rap da Felicidade, Rap do Pirão, Rap das Armas, and many other tracks. All this starter tracks use the old and classic ROLAND TRT-808 to create those beats; the main of this was the track Volt Mix, which was the favorite of producers.

From 1989 until 1998, 8 of 10 tracks used the Volt Mix beat, until Dj Luciano creates the Tamborzão Beat. This is the main and first original beat of funk carioca.

After that, funk carioca start to grow and never stopped. In early of 2000 few names start to appear on media, as Bonde do Tigrão, Mr. Catra, Valeska Popozuda, Tati Quebra-Barraco, Deize Tigrona and many mores. DJ Marlboro start to travel around the world showing the ‘brazilian funk’. In 2003 was on Sonar Barcelona, then in Germany and many others Countries. Funk was becoming popular in World. When in 2004-2005, Diplo and Haaksman came to Brazil to understand what is going here. Both producers release their tracks on their own labels, Mad Decent and Man Recordings, presenting the funk to the world, with a difference style, mixing it with electro.


Diplo was producing M.I.A. in same period that he discovered baile funk. Maybe you can check the similarities in those tracks:

The Movement of Baile Funk |
Deize Tigrona and Edu K

Spreading through Brazil
So now world know what is funk carioca. Another good thing happen in this period: Brazil start his first good economical period. With that, more people has access to internet and the first personal computer. Now, people access internet, listen music and can download programs. Then, after 2008, many variations of funk carioca has become to be known to the public as Funk Ostentação, Funk from São Paulo singing about brands and money.

Mc Guimê, from SP

And in the world, many other artists could produce baile funk, because producers of funk carioca are spreading their material on internet. Now, baile funk became part of global bass community and tropical movement. Many variations are been made with funk: trap funk, twerk funk, moombahton funk, electro funk, and etc.

Favela Trap , Dj Comrade

Bololo Haha – baile funk – São Paulo

Mc Mayara – EletroFunk – Paraná

Valesca Popozuda – baile funk – Rio de Janeiro
Today, Baile Funk is a fundamental electronic music for most underground producers. On main stream, they are reaching their space with Mc Guimê, Anitta, Mc Ludmilla, Mc Gui but media and elite keep seeing as poor culture. It’s very common to see Baile Funk MCs on underground clubs. It may sound strange, but 3-4 years funk was just on in their own space, favelas.

Written by Renato Martins of Funk Na Caixa

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