Five Clubs in Rio de Janeiro for the Party Lovers

By Pedro Souza
30th January, 2017

Rio is notorious for its scenic beauty, warm beaches and friendly people. It is also famous for its parties, which go way beyond Carnival. If you are planning on going there and know how to enjoy a good party, you are sure to have a blast. To help you with that, we have made a compilation of some of the best clubs in Rio. Enjoy!

Located near the Siqueira Campos metro station in Copacabana city, this club is known for its eclectic mix of musical styles. In the club’s dancefloor, one can expect to hear underground techno, rock, pop, samba and forró, as well as the occasional live show. While the dancefloor is located downstairs, one can enjoy a drink at the bar or smoke a cigarette and have a chat at the balcony in the upper area.

Inside the planetarium in the neighborhood of Gávea one can find 00, one of the best-designed clubs in Rio. The space contains a dancefloor, a restaurant with a sushi bar and an outdoor garden with sofas and puffs where one can sit and relax. The club plays a variety of styles of dance music, with mainstream music being played on Fridays and Saturdays. On Thursday and Sundays the club gets more adventurous in their choice of music, often displaying live performances. On Sundays, the parties are dedicated to the LGBT crowd, going from late afternoon to the small hours and playing softer music.

Nuth Lounge
One of the most popular clubs in Rio de Janeiro, Nuth attracts large crowds on weekends. The club is split into places for lounging, eating and dancing, boasting a dancefloor decorated with trippy props to enhance the experience. The music style at the club changes from night to night, but DJs usually play hip-hob, R&B and house music. When going there, be sure to dress well, as the door policy can be strict at times.

Casa da Matriz
If you are into alternative clubs, Casa da Matriz is the place for you. Located in the neighborhood of Botafogo, the house features an amazing variety of musical styles from soul, punk and funk to old-school hip-hop and much more. It even offers indie karaoke nights on Wednesdays, which have become one of the staples of the club. When going there, try to avoid dressing too preppy, as a hipster-style dressing is favored by the club’s crowd.

Studio RJ
For those club-goers that want to have a good taste of Brazilian music, Studio RJ is the right choice. The club has a great location in between Ipanema and Copacabana, with a beautiful view to the Arpoador beach. As for the music, it displays a variety of Brazilian music with styles ranging from rock and jazz to bossa nova, with frequent live shows and guest DJ’s. On Sundays, it also offers afternoon sessions, which are a great way to end a busy weekend.

Slangs and Expressions from Rio Grande do Sul

By Pedro Souza
January 30th, 2017

It can be said that Brazil is many countries in one. As you go from state to state, the local people and culture change drastically, and so does the language. Below, we have made a compilation of slangs and expressions you will hear if you go to the state of Rio Grande do Sul.

Acolherar (to spoon): To get together.
Bochinche: An expression for a disorder, conflict or fight.
Chê!: A meaningless exclamation often said at the end of a sentence for emphasis. You will be hearing this one a lot.
Bah!: Another common expression, this one is used to demonstrate surprise or indignation.
Charlar: Gaúchos don’t have a conversation, they “charlam”.
Com o pé no estribo (With feet on the stirrup): A Gaúcho is not ready to leave; he has his feet on the stirrup.
De vereda: When something is about to come up, it is “de vereda”.
Despacito: To do something “despacito” is to do it slowly, with no hurry.
Guapo: In Spanish, a guapo is someone who is good looking. For the Gaúchos, a guapo is a brave person.
Espichar a canela (To extend your shin): In Rio Grande do Sul, to extend your shin means to die.
Bater as botas (To hit the boots): Another southern expression for dying. This one is used more often than “espichar a canela”, and is frequently used in other states as well.
Guri/Guria: For the Gaúchos, a small boy is called a “guri” and a small girl a “guria”.
Macanudo: A powerful or rich person.
Maleva: An evil or perverse person.
Matear: To “matear” means to drink chimarrão, yerba mate based drink that is one of the staples of Gaúcho culture.
Azucrinar: To bother someone.
Arapuca: An arapuca is a trap for birds, but it can also mean a dishonest trick or cheat.
Bóia: A southern term for food.
Chambão: A stupid or gullible person.
Cupincha: Gaúchos don’t have friends, they have “cupinchas”.
Calavera: A calavera is a dishonest person or a bum.
Dobrar o cotovelo (To bend the elbow): To take a cup to one’s mouth, to drink.
Embretado: When you find yourself in a tight situation, you are “embretado”.
Estar com o diabo no corpo (To have the devil in one’s body): When a person is furious or troublesome, that person has the devil in the body.
Facada (A knife stab): For Gaúchos, a “facada” is when a person asks for money without the intention or condition to pay it back.
Fazer a viagem do corvo (To make the crow’s trip): When someone makes a trip and takes too long to return, that person has made the crow’s trip.
Faceiro: In Rio Grande do Sul, an elegant person is a “faceiro”.
Tem um cachorro na cancha (There’s a dog in the field): When something is disrupting the execution of a plan, gauchos will say there is a dog in the field.
Jururu: To be “jururu” is to be sad, depressed, beaten.
Trovar: To “trovar” someone is to flirt with that person.
Vivente (living): A “vivente” is an individual, a person or simply any living creature.

The Gaucho Way of Barbecuing

By Pedro Souza December 27th, 2016

Everyone that has come to Brazil knows how delicious Brazilian food is. Few things are as satisfying as a big plate of rice, beans and farofa complete with a large steak. Among a wide array of dishes and foods, the gaucho-style barbecue known locally as “churrasco” stands out as a reference when it comes to meat.

The gauchos are the inhabitants of grasslands known as pampas, which are found mostly in Paraguay, Argentina, Uruguay and southern Brazil. They are known for being excellent horsemen, and they are often hired to herd cattle through the year. Playing a role akin to cowboys in the United States, the gauchos have become a folk symbol in Argentina and Uruguay. In Brazil, the gauchos are concentrated in the south of the country. Nevertheless, their legendary way of making meat has spread like wildfire through Brazil, becoming a staple of the national cuisine.

In Brazil, the gaucho barbecue emerged in the 17th century in communities catholicized by Jesuit monks. The meat would be spiced with coarse salt and fat before being placed in the ground with stakes around a fire. Over a period of several hours, the meat was roasted by the embers. This process that enhances the taste and texture of the meat, quickly became a staple in the state of Santa Catarina, in the South of Brazil.

In the beginning, the meat of choice for the gaucho barbecue was the rib, which acquired a texture that makes it so tender that it almost dissolves in your mouth as you eat it. As the method gained popularity and spread to other regions as well, people started experimenting with different cuts of meat, condiments and ingredients to enhance the process. A cut that has become widely popular for example is the picanha, a juicy cut from the rear of the steer that has generous amounts of fat. Another popular cut in Brazil is the flank steak, known locally as fraldinha. Yet, these are just a few among an incredible array of meat cuts to make any mouth water.

As the gaucho barbecue developed and became popular through the country, a new concept emerged: The “rodízio”. In a rodízio steakhouse, a costumer will pay a fixed price for an all-you-can eat buffet of gaucho barbecue. In most rodízios, costumers will be greeted with a table where they can get salad, vegetables and other side-dishes to eat with their meat. The different cuts of meat however, are served at the table in skewers by waiters. On a single rodízio, one might experience more than 10 different cuts of meat, providing one with a real tour through the flavors offered of gaucho barbecue.

The rodízio is considered the epitome of gaucho barbecue, which considered by many to be the holy grail of all barbecues. If you are a meat lover and find yourself in Brazil, you should not miss the opportunity of going to a rodízio steakhouse. Although they are usually a bit pricey, it is a remarkable experience. If you don’t live in Brazil, you can still find one in some countries such as the United States and Canada, where they are starting to become popular. Either way, one thing is guaranteed: you are in for a hell of a ride!

Understanding Healthcare in Brazil

By Pedro Souza
December 27th, 2016

If you are planning on living in Brazil, it is essential that you understand how the healthcare system works here. The country offers a free Unified Health System funded by the government and known locally as SUS (Sistema Ùnico de Saúde). Hospitals that are covered by this system are known as municipal hospitals. Both Brazilians and foreigners can get access to the services offered by these hospitals by showing an ID and a SUS card (Cartão SUS), which is issued by all Brazilian municipal offices, health centers, hospitals and clinics. You can also order one online at this link.

While the healthcare offered by SUS is decent, it has its share of problems, and for many foreigners it will not be able to meet their standards. Municipal hospitals are good at dealing with emergencies, but when it comes to nursing care, they leave a lot to be desired. This is particularly true in areas away from urban centers. They are also often crowded, which means that you might have to deal with long waits.

If you don’t wish to make use of the healthcare offered by the government, you can opt for the private sector. If you intend to do this, you can choose between a health plan (plano de saúde) or health insurance (seguro de saúde). A health plan is restricted to a certain geographic region, while health insurances usually cover medical care in the whole country. Health plans are usually more expensive, but unlike health insurance it covers all of your costs. Another difference is that health insurance also offers more choices of doctors.

In order to apply for either of these forms of insurance you need to have your passport, a local ID and a CPF, which is a taxpayer registry number. If you attempt to be treated at a private hospital without being insured, they might ask you to make a large deposit before being treated. If you are insured however, the hospital will usually contact your insurance company, which will then pay it directly. If your bill is higher than your health plan can cover, you have to pay the balance before being discharged by the hospital.

Before getting a health insurance, you should check its terms and conditions, which can vary a lot. Some companies for example, might require you to pay the hospital directly and then obtain reimbursement from them. Others do not cover chronic or pre-existing medical conditions. By being aware of the policies of the company from which you plan to buy insurance, you might avoid unpleasant surprises.

Another thing you should be aware of is that the Ministry of Social Welfare (Ministério da Previdência Social) has benefits available for foreigners as well. These benefits include maternity benefit, sickness or injury benefit, invalidity benefit, unemployment benefit and survivor benefit. In order to qualify for the benefits, you need make a certain number of contributions that the ministry requires, as well as having a valid work permit.

The Dazzling Beauty of Chapada dos Veadeiros

chapada222By Pedro Souza
November 26th, 2016

Brazil is a country known for the beauty of its luxurious nature. Every state hides its own wonders, just waiting to be explored by the outdoors lovers. Based in the state of Goias, the Chapada is a plateau with an estimated 1.8 billion years of age. In 1961, the national park was inaugurated by the then president of Brazil, Juscelino Kubitschek. With an area of 655 square kilometers of very well preserved land, the park has become one of the most popular destination for nature lovers in Brazil. To get there, one needs to take the road, since there are no flights directly to the park. The most common way of getting there is by taking a bus from Brasília. If you are far from Brasília, you can get there by plane and then take a bus to the Chapada.

The park’s rock formations are among some of the oldest in the world, which help to form the cerrado biome. The cerrado is a form of savannah characterized by its vegetation formed by crooked trees, low forests and grassy plains. This environment is also home to a rich fauna, which attract many nature enthusiasts. One can find animals such as the maned wolf, the pampas deer, the jaguar and the capybara, which is the largest rodent in the world. The park is also a delight for birdwatchers, with species such as the savannah hawk, the great black hawk, the crowned eagle, the king vulture, the ringed kingfisher and many species of macaws and parakeets. There are also many lakes, river, waterfalls and canyons in the park, which compose a truly wonderful landscape.

There are basically two places in the park where visitors stay: Alto Paraíso and São Jorge. Alto Paraíso is a small city close to the entrance of the Park. It has more infrastructure and choices of places for eating and sleeping than São Jorge. São Jorge in contrast, is a small village with little infrastructure. While some may find it troublesome, others find it to be a better place to truly experience the Chapada. Those that are more adventurous can also gather their supplies and camp by themselves in nature, but the vast majority will prefer to stay in one of these two places, where you can find a comfortable place to sleep, restaurants to eat and tourism guides to hire.

Most tours involve visiting the canyons and waterfalls that abound there. The main river in the park is the Rio Preto, which runs through the Chapada forming beautiful waterfalls along the way. Among these, the most famous ones are the Carioca Falls and the Rio Preto Falls, which impresses visitors as it falls from 120m of height. Another place worth visiting is the Vale da Lua (Moon Valley), a surreal scenery composed of a rock formation full of craters, that give it its name. Among the formations, one will find grottos, waterfalls and natural pools where one can bathe. These are just a few of the park’s attractions, which contains a huge array of waterfalls such as the Poço Encantado (Enchanted Well), Macaquinhos (Little Monkeys), Anjos and Arcanjos (Angels and Archangels) and many more. There are also plenty of hiking trails that will take you through these waterfalls and through the canyons, among the rich fauna and flora that abounds in the park.

If you enjoy spending time in the outdoors and appreciate nature, this is easily one of the best places in Brazil to do so. Whether you want to relax with your family and friends or to have a true adventure in the Cerrado, the Chapada dos Veadeiros is the place for you. So what are you waiting for? Come see for yourself what this hype is all about. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

The History of Cachaça

cachaca222By Pedro Souza
November 26th, 2016

Most foreigners have only come to know cachaça as a component of caipirinha, a Brazilian cocktail that has become popular worldwide. Yet, it is a drink widely appreciated in Brazil, most often drank pure. The cachaça is a distilled spirit made with sugarcane juice, with an alcohol content usually around 40% of its total volume. Currently, it is the most popular distilled drink in Brazil, and it has become embedded in Brazilian culture.

No-one knows for sure how exactly did cachaça originate, and many conflicting versions exist. What is agreed on is that it was created after the Portuguese brought sugar cane from the Madeira Island. According to one version of the story, cachaça was accidentaly created when a slave from Pernambuco that was storing “cagaça”, a liquid formed when sugar cane juice is boiled. This would have caused it to ferment naturally and create the first cachaça of all. Another version is presented by Brazilian historian Luís da Câmara Cascudo in his book “Preludes of the Cachaça”. According to him, cachaça was first distilled around 1532 in the city of São Vicente, where the production of sugar in Brazil originated. In his version of the story, it was the Portuguese who distilled it at first, after learning techniques from the Arabs.

Regardless of how it originated, it has been a part of Brazil through the vast majority of the country’s history since it was found by the Portuguese in 1500. At first it was consumed by slaves, but other people soon began to appreciate it. The drink spread quickly through the coast, becoming an important part of the emerging economy. Through merchants, it also spread outside of Brazil, being well received in some parts of Africa and Europe. In Portugal, cachaça became so popular that the Portuguese crown decided to heavily tax the cachaça that was coming from Brazil and out-competing the nationally produced “bagaceira”. This led cachaça producers to rise up against Portugal in 1660 in what is now known as the “Revolta da Cachaça” (The Cachaça’s Revolt).

Later, cachaça spread to the states of Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais, which is a state that is nowadays notorious for its cachaça production. In Minas, cachaça arrived with the gold rush. Stories tell that white cachaça was transported in barrels to Minas, arriving there with a brown color and a flavor acquired from the barrel. Supposedly, it is because of this that cachaça started to be produced inside oak barrels. Whether this is true or not, the cachaça production in Minas tends to favor the brown cachaça produced inside oak barrels.

In the 19th century, cachaça started to be devalued by the new Brazilian elite that was born from the ascension of coffee. The new coffee barons copied their manners and culture from Europe, and the elitists that they were, they despised cachaça as a drink for poor, uneducated black people. Despite the elite’s rejection of cachaça, it remained a popular drink for the majority of the population, and it was also celebrated by intellectuals who mocked the Brazilian elites and their aversion for national customs.

Nowadays, it is celebrated through the whole country, and produced by more than 4 thousand “alambiques”. It is interesting to note that while the production of sugar cane has always been associated with powerful land-owners in Brazil, the production of cachaça has always been and still is made in an artisanal manner. And through the country, one can enjoy an incredible array of cachaças, varying in flavor, color and strength. Many foreigners do not like their first taste of pure cachaça, but many say it is a drink that grows on you. If you enjoy a good drink, do not miss an opportunity to have a taste of cachaça. And if you ever find yourself in Brazil, this is just the right place to do it.

Amazonas Slangs and Expressions

amazonas222By Pedro Souza
October 30th, 2016

The state of Amazonas is located in the northwest of Brazil, and is in large part occupied by the amazon rainforest. Like in every other state, locals have developed unique slangs and expressions. If you ever plan on going there, you might as well become familiar with these expressions and impress some locals in the process. Below, we have made a compilation of the slangs and expressions used by Amazonenses in their daily life.

Lavar Urubu (Washing Vultures): When an Amazonense is unemployed, he is washing vultures.
Fanta: When something is boring or bland, it is fanta.
Aploprado: Something exaggerated.
Leso: A person who often gets distracted and/or forgets or loses things is a leso.
Leseira: When the leso’s distraction manifests itself, he has committed a leseira.
Malinar: To malinar is to gratuitously commit a wrongdoing or to do harm to someone.
Maceta: If something is abnormally large, it is a maceta.
Maluvido: A person that behaves badly.
Aporrinhar: To bother or annoy someone.
a Monte: This expression that has spread through the rest of the country simply means a large amount of something.
Aperreado: When you are in a tight situation that is making you nervous or stressed, you are aperreado.
Péia: In Amazonas you don’t take a beating, you take a péia.
Pitíu: A bad smell.
Arrumação: An unnecessary invention.
Arregaçar: To destroy something.
Angu: An angu is a typical Brazilian dish. In Amazonas, it can also mean a confusion or a mess.
Pai d’égua: Something really good or cool.
Altear: To raise something such as the volume of the television.
Alumiar: To light something.
Zoada: Things don’t make noise in Amazonas, they make a zoada.
Á perigo (By danger): When you have no money, you are by danger.
A pulso (By pulse): To do something by pulse in Amazonas means to do it by force.
Abafar (To smother): Strangely, this means “to steal” in Amazonas.
Abestado: An abestado is a stupid person.
Baixa D’égua: When someone is bothering you in Amazonas, you tell that person to go the Baixa D’égua, which is a hypothetical place.
Brocado: A hungry person.
Cunhatã: A little girl.
Curumim: A little boy.
Capar o gato (To castrate the cat): In Amazonas you don’t leave a place, you castrate the cat.
Dos vera: When something is true, it is dos vera.
Putatueba: A meaningless word used to express dissatisfaction.
Vexado: This adjective can mean either “ashamed” and “in a hurry”.
Visagem: A ghost or apparition.
Abobrinha (Squash): Something stupid or not important. If a person is talking nonsense for example, you can tell that person to stop talking squash.
Aço (Steel): An alcoholic beverage.
Acunhar: To acunhar with someone is to get romantically involved with that person.
Afrontado: Full or satisfied. Used often after eating.
Agorinha (Right now): When something has happened “agorinha”, it occurred few moments ago.
Ajuntar (To gather): To pick things from the floor.

How to Open a Bank Account in Brazil

bankaccount222By Pedro Souza
October 30th, 2016

If you are planning on living in Brazil, you will probably need to have a bank account here. Opening a bank account in Brazil can be tricky because banks are free to create their own interpretation of policies and rules. That being said, the process is straightforward.

First you need to decide in which bank you want to open an account. Caixa Economica Federal and Banco do Brazil are two government-owned banks that are among the largest banks in Brazil. Other banks that have a strong presence in Brazil are Itaú, Bradesco and Santander. Bradesco however, only allows permanent residents to open a bank account there. One can also open a bank account on Citibank or HSBC. Although these last two have less branches than the others mentioned, they are more used to dealing with foreigners.

Once you have decided which bank you want to open an account in, you need to gather the required documentation. You need to have a permanent or a temporary visa. A tourist visa however, is not accepted, and the duration of your stay needs to be at least one year. You also need to have your passport, the RNE protocol that you received when you registered at the Federal Police and your CPF number, which is your tax ID. Finally, bring a proof of residence such as an electricity bill and a proof of income if you are opening a salary payment account.

With all the necessary documents in hand, go to the nearest branch of the bank of choice and request an account. If you want to open a current account, you should ask for “conta corrente”. For a savings account, ask for a “conta de poupança”. If you have a job in Brazil, you can also get benefits such as lower fees in transactions by opening a salary payment account, known as “conta salário”.

During the process, expect to answer many questions and sign a lot of documents. At this stage, you might experience some problems because most bank workers do not speak english, or speak very poor english. You might consider bringing a translator to help you with this process. Once you are done with the bureaucracy, you finally have your bank account. Congratulations! Now you are eligible to use the banking services of the bank of your choice.

Five Museums to Visit in the City of São Paulo

pinacotecadoestado222By Pedro Souza
October 2nd, 2016

Being the largest city in Brazil, São Paulo is a hotbed of cultural activity. People will find there a plethora of concerts, theaters, museums and much more. Below, we have compiled a list of 5 museums to visit in São Paulo for your enjoyment.

1. Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo

Founded in 1905 with an array of only 26 works of art, the Pinacoteca is considered the oldest art museum of São Paulo. Nowadays, the museum has more than 9,000 works of art, documenting Brazilian art production from the 19th century until today. It is divided in many spaces such as the “Estação Pinacoteca”, which hold shows of contemporary art and houses the Walter Wei library. Another interesting space is the resistance memorial, which is located on the ground floor and dedicated to preserving the memory of the repression suffered by the population during the times of the military dictatorship. The Pinacoteca also holds many exhibitions, which can be followed in the museum’s official website.

2. Museu de Arte Moderna (Modern Art Museum)

This museum is located in the heart of Ibirapuera, the largest city park in São Paulo. Within it, one can find art galleries, a library, an auditory and a shop. With a beautiful collection of more than 5.000 works of art from artists such as Di Cavalcanti and Picasso, the Museu de Arte Moderna is definitely worth a visit. If you plan to go there, take your time and enjoy the park as well, which has many other attractions.

3. Museu do Futebol (Soccer’s museum)

Of course there is a soccer museum on this list! Located in the Pacaembu stadium, this museum documents the history of soccer and pays a tribute to it. Inside the museum, one can learn about the history of soccer, its players, narrators and Judges, as well as practicing a “virtual kick”. Known for being highly technological and interactive, this one is a must-visit for soccer fans.

4. Museu da Imagem e do Som (Museum of Sound and Image)

Located in the neighborhood of Jardins, the “MIS” is one of the most acclaimed museums in São Paulo. It was founded in 1970 as a result of a project devised by Brazilian intellectuals that wanted to create an institution willing to explore new forms of media. Nowadays, it has become a reference for studies in audio-visual production, as well as a center for artistic diffusion. With a collection of more than 350,000 entries including films, video records, photographs and graphic design, this is definitely a place worth the visit.

5. Museu de Arte de São Paulo (Art Museum of São Paulo)

Known simply as MASP, this museum is one of the symbols of the city of São Paulo. Home to the works of artists such as Remembrant, Boticelli, Renoir and Manet, it holds one of the most important art collections in South America. Not only are the exhibitions excellent, but the architecture of the building design by the Italian Lina Bo Bardi is fascinating as well. For art enthusiasts, this museum is definitely a must.

A Short History of Brazilian Funk

funk222By Pedro Souza
October 2nd, 2016

For most people, the word “funk” brings to mind the groovy rhythms played by the likes of James Brown, Rick James and Herbie Hancock. Brazilian funk however, bears little resemblance to its American counterpart.

Born in the eighties in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian funk was heavily influenced by Miami Bass, being considered a derivative of it by some. With repetitive beats, sensual choreographies and lyrics that reflect the daily life in the favelas and other marginalized communities, the style quickly spread.

In the end of the eighties, funk had become the voice of the favelas, talking about drugs, violence, poverty and sexuality. Funk parties became popular events where communities competed by displaying their songs and sound systems. It was at this time that the first famous Mc’s started to appear and make their names in the music community. The style however, was still confined to poor communities, and was viewed by many with prejudice.

One of the reasons was the association between funk parties and violence and drug use. Many criminal factions financed funk parties, and used them as a way to spread their influence and dispute power with other factions. In the 2000’s however, the style broke through its isolation and began to be appreciated by Brazilians from all walks of life.

As the names of popular MC’s became well known among Brazilians regardless of their origins, the style also began to appear in radios and television shows. Funk also started to develop into a more diverse style, with many different subdivisions. One of these subdivisions is funk melô, with melodic and romantic characteristic. This form of funk conquered the public with MC’s like Claudinho and Bochecha. Another notorious subdivision of funk is the “proibidão”, with violent and super-sexualized lyrics. Nowadays it is one of the most popular forms of funk.

The rise of funk wasn’t without resistance however. In 2009, the prefecture of Rio de Janeiro launched a project with norms that made it impossible to throw funk parties in the favelas. The norms had to be revised after a wave of popular protests however. The style also faces criticism from many intellectuals and other segments of the Brazilian populations.

Some critique the style for its frequent apology of drug-use and crime. Others complain about the promiscuity of the lyrircs and the effects it may have on children and teenagers. Another common criticism is the sexist behavior and objectification of women that is often seen in funk culture.

While there is some validity to these objections, Brazilian funk should be seen as a legitimate cultural manifestation, one that allows people from marginalized communities to assert and express their identity. Alongside with rap, it has become one of the main channels for these communities to let their voice be heard. And like rap, it has come a long way from its humble beginnings to its invasion of mainstream Brazilian pop culture. Even after coming that far, however, there is still a stigma to Brazilian funk. But like it or not, it is here to stay.