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Afro-Brazil 2014: Sango's 'Da Rocinha 2' Takes Baile Funk Into Hip-Hop Territory

Sango takes baile funk into booming hip-hop territory with his 'Da Rocinha 2' tape, printed in limited edition vinyl by Jakarta Records.


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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Soulection producer Sango, one of Okayplayer's Top 14 Artists To Watch in 2014, dropped this Brazilian-inspired Da Rocinha 2 beat tape a couple months ago. Much like its original installment, Da Rocinha 2 (named after the largest favela in Brazil) takes off from a baile funk standpoint, with Sango looping and remolding samples of the Rio de Janeiro dance genre into booming hip-hop progressions.

Berlin/Cologne label Jakarta Records just announced that they'll be printing a limited 444 vinyl copies of the Sango's previously bandcamp-only Da Rocinha 2. Along with that announcement comes the unreleased album bonus track "Pôr Do Sol Parte 2," which flips 60s vocal group The Whispers' "You Are Number One," which in turn was later sampled in Monica's "So Gone."

Stream the track below and pre-order the limited vinyl of Da Rocinha 2. Plus, if you're at SXSW catch Sango at our Okayplayer & Soulection showcase this Friday 3/14.

Catch our previous Afro-Brazil 2014 installments: Karol Conka, Buraka Som Sistema x Adidas, and Tropicália: A Film by Marcelo Machado.

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The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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