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Afro-Brazil 2014: Karol Conka's Rap Anthem 'Boa Noite'

As we gear up for World Cup Brazil 2014, we'll be highlighting some select Brazilian tracks grab the first one from rapper Karol Conka.


As we gear up for next summer's World Cup in Brazil 2014, we'll be taking moments to highlight some select Brazilian tracks that come across our desks. From capoeira music (an accompaniment to the sport) and maracatu to samba and the favela-bred baile funk, the influence of African cultures & sounds on the South American nation's own arts is immeasurable. In our series Afro-Brazil 2014 we'll be digging into a few of these 'ritmos e batidas' from Brazil.

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Boasting a sound influenced by Lauryn Hill and the Música Popular Brasileira (MPB) genre popularized by the likes of Elis Regina, Curitiba's Karol Conka is quickly becoming one of the leading female rappers in Brazil. "Boa Noite," the Nave-produced single off her debut album Batuk Freak, showcases Karol Conka's commanding flow over an infectious girl group vocal sample. It's not much surprise that the track has earned her several accolades, including an MTV Brazilian Awards nod. Find this track and more Brazilian gems on UK label Mr. Bongo's Brazilian Beats 7. Stream "Boa Noite" and watch the music video for the track below.

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9 Black Electronic Musicians You Should Be Listening To

Featuring DJ Lag, Spellling, Nozinja, Klein, LSDXOXO and more.

We know that Black queer DJs from the Midwest are behind the creation of house and dance music. Yet, a look at the current electronic scene will find it terribly whitewashed and gentrified, with the current prominent acts spinning tracks sung by unnamed soulful singers from time to time. Like many art forms created by Black people all over the world, the industry hasn't paid homage to its pioneers, despite the obvious influence they have. Thankfully, the independent music scene is thriving with many Black acts inspired by their forefathers and mothers who are here to revolutionize electronic music. Here are a list of the ones you should check out:

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