Note from BW of Brazil: As stated in numerous previous posts, the intent of this blog is to present to the English-speaking world information coming out of Brazil from the perspective of race with a focus on black women. Many of the stories we bring you cover topics such as racism, racial identity, black culture and everyday life in Brazil in relation to persons of visible African ancestry. But in order to get a better or more complete understanding of the racial situation, we also cover stories that don’t necessarily touch upon the issue of racism, racial inequality or white supremacy. Another common theme we approach here is the ongoing debate over what some deem to be cultural appropriation. One aspect of cultural appropriation can be set in motion when certain facets of what is deemed cultura negra or black culture is represented more and more by persons who are not considered black.
Now the intent of today’s story is show how the strength and popularity of cultura negra is spreading out the ghettos of the nation’s capital city of Brasília and becoming popular among the middle classes. This could be interpreted as a good thing. It could be seen as something that brings people of differing races and classes together in mutual love of some cultural practice. As this writer began to do more research on the topic of this article, I came across a number of photos from the events featured in today’s piece and, from what I saw, blonds and brunettes (male and female) are a large percentage of the crowds and performers. Again, depending on your perspective, this could be interpreted a number of ways. But based on what we recently saw at a series of parties in Rio de Janeiro called “Meu Black é assim”, meaning ‘My Black is like this’, where actual black people were a minority, I see that these parties in the nation’s capital city could have a similar potential. Again, not having been there, I can only judge from the photos I’ve seen, but as the parties have moved from the city outskirts to more middle class areas, this conclusion may have validity. After all, this is what happens when something goes mainstream. Anyway, here’s the story…
Rhythms played in the periphery invade parties in middle-class downtown of capital city
By Raquel Martins Ribeiro
Music, dance and representation of cultura negra (black culture). Every day, parties that promote black style gain more prominence in Brasília. Events that emerged with character of resistance in peripheries, in the 1970s and 1980s, today occupy the downtown of the federal capital. Melanina, Makossa, Mistura Fina, Criolina and the traditional Baile do Chocolaty prove that this style has conquered the brasiliense (native of Brasília). By the end of 2016, rhythms such as Hip Hop, R & B, Trap, Funk, Jazz and sSoul, among others, will echo to the four corners of the city.
This Friday night is another edition of Drop it Like it’s Hot, held at the Mané Garrincha National Stadium. In the programming, Filipe Ret (Rio de Janeiro), Cacife Clandestino (Rio de Janeiro), Flying Buff (São Paulo), Cinara (São Paulo), Hugo Drop and Torch. On Sunday, at 4:20pm, it’s time for B-Negão and Water Rats to invade Sub Dulcina (Underground of Dulcina Theatre) to commemorate 1 year of Chezz Recs.
With 14 years of history Makossa, which takes place in the Galeria dos Estados (South Commercial Sector), can be considered one of the most traditional encounters for lovers of cultura negra. Conceived by Leo Cinelli, the party started with the intention of making room for the b-boys and b-girls of the Federal District. “The original idea was to mix black music with house music, common in American dances. We had this desire to insert break dancers into the party,” said Chicco Aquino, resident DJ and one of the organizers of Makossa.
According to Aquino, cultura negra as a whole is invading the lifestyle of people in fashion and especially musically. “All this contributed so that producers understand the search for events with this footprint and the movement grew throughout the country,” he says.
The next edition of the festival is scheduled for June 4.
Popularization, sound and visibility
With a 37-year career, DJ Chocolaty is a reference when it comes to baile (dance). And for him, the internet was one of the factors that helped popularize the style in the capital. “A lot of people didn’t know, but today it’s (in) fashion and everyone wants to consume. That’s really good. It gives visibility to black artists, DJs and MCs that were limited only to their usual public,” says the DJ, who is also a host and professor of DJing.
Besides DJing at Makossa, the artist has his own party, the Baile do Chocolaty, held every two months at Complexo Cultural Dulcina. “We have occupied the Dulcina for 18 years. Before it was known as A Noite do Charme e Hip Hop (The Night of Charme and Hip Hop), later we ended up putting my name (on it), which is how everybody already called it.”
Drop It Like Its Hot – Friday, at 10pm. At the Mané Garrincha National Stadium (entrance through Gate 2). Tickets: R$ 50 (first capacity, subject to change without notice). Information: 9668-0061. Not recommended for minors under 18 years.
BNegão + Water Rats: 1 Year of Chezz Recs! – Sunday at 4:20pm. In Sub Dulcina (Diversões Sul Sector). Tickets: R$15 (first capacity). Online sales through the site sympla.com.br. Not recommended for minors under 18 years.
Source: Jornal de Brasília