7 AM Dismounting the soudsystem “Pitbull - Boladinho” after the Baile Funk on the top of the favela Morro dos Prazeres.. Rio de Janeiro 2007.
O Crocodilo - (the crocodile) took a major space in the Tecnobrega scene since 2014. Its DJ's tend to play the "press„o" style, more funk carioca and raggaton style and less melody than other machines : the croco is one of the favourite "aparelhagem" of the Youth of BelÈm,
Preparation - assembling a soundsystem for the "Rio Parada Funk" giant yearly party, for once in the traditional district of Lapa, Center of Rio de Janeiro.
Elaine ake “Baixinha” - Santa Marta favela, Rio de Janeiro 2005
"Baile" at the club Boquerão, downtown, Rio de Janeiro 2006. In the heat of the "baile", boys will often drop take off their T-shirt. But to draw attention, choreographic inventivity and body movements will make the difference!
Daiane, aka "Mulher Jaca", then a dancer of "Bonde da Loira" group, exhibits her bikini marks.
Baile of Curtisomrio soundsystem, at Club Mourisco, Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro. "Swingue" interval in the middle of the Funk ball: north-american slows or samba-pagode allow the "funkeiros" a more romantic dance...
A "Funkeira" in a trance. Baile of Furacão Tsunami soundsystem , one of the most powerful on the Carioca funk scene. Campo do Ferroviario, Austin, Rio de Janeiro 2006.
FURIA - the new Curtisomrio team soundsystem. After two years of eclipse, Curtisomrio rebirth as a phenix at the club Boqueirão do passeio, center of Rio de Janeiro. || Après deux années d'absence, l'équipe Curtisomrio renaît avec la FURIA sa nouvelle "Equipe de Som" au club Boquerão.
Comando Zuação is a gang of clowns specialized in parody the "comando vermelho" faction of the drugtraffic. They change lyrics of all the forbidden funk war songs & rap and adapt them to their carnival parade. For their party, they hired the Chatubão Digital, famous soundsystem from the favelas of the Complexo da Penha, zona norte of Rio de Janeiro. Baile Funk is the soundtrack from the clown's carnival.
O Crocodilo - (the crocodile) took a major space in the Tecnobrega scene since 2014. Its DJ's tend to play the "press„o" style, more funk carioca and raggaton style and less melody than other machines : the croco is one of the favourite "aparelhagem" of the Youth of Belém,
Party featuring the Badalasom (The Buffalo soudmachine from the island of MarajÛ) at the Mans„o do ForrÛ club in BÈlem do Par·. This machine was build by Marcelo "Projesom" - one of the most prestigious "aparelhagem" maker.
Pop Live, the 2016 version of the Superpop, "the fire eagle, the crowd pusher", one of the biggest machines in Belem. "Festa da Cerveja" (yearly Beer Party) in Igarapé Açu. The most expected soundmachines show of the Year with DJ's Elison & Juninho, the most famous of the Tecnobrega scene... In the middle of the night, the fire eagle takes off graciously thanks to its hydraulic system and shoots its fireworks and lasers, in a pyrotechnic show at the edge of technology..
Launch party for the new Crocodilo Prime - the biggest machine ever (9 meters long) at the Metropoles club, september 2017. It was built by João do Som, the most respected soundmachine maker. The Crocodile took a major space in the Tecnobrega scene since 2014. Its DJ's tend to play the "pressão" style, more funk carioca and raggaton style and less melody than other machines : the croco is one of the favourite "aparelhagem" of the Youth of Belém,
Dj's Edilson e Edielson command the Principe Negro (the Black Prince) one of the most appreciated Equipment of the state of Para. Based Belem's peripherical district of Jurunas, became in a few years a case of success in the whole state..
"Baile" of Furacão Tsunami, the most powerful soundsystem on the Funk scene in Rio. Campo do Ferroviario, Austin, Rio de Janeiro 2006.
Description/Caption: "Baile" of Furacão Tsunami, the most powerful soundsystem on the Funk scene in Rio. Club Boqueirão, downtown Rio de Janeiro . Every hand gesture has a meaning : 3 fingers apart mean "Vida louca" (crazy life), the C and V letters symbolize the Commando Vermelho, the principal drug faction in Rio's favelas.
Fabricia, 12 , at the Baile Charme Hip Hop in Nilopolis, Rio de Janeiro..
Mister Catra, godfather of funk carioca. During a break between two shows , Catra shows the takings of the night..
Mr Catra's hand, Godfather of funk carioca, at the Whiskeria Paris cafe, famous brothel in the borough of Recreio, in the Western area of Rio de Janeiro. Every week, the Whiskeria invites the biggest Funk stars to make a show..
During a ball of Soundsystem CurtisomRio at Boqueirão club , Rio de Janeiro. Funk balls, apart from the favelas, have other places in the city. where the liberty is different. The police watch the politically incorrect rap texts. Balls might be prohibited if the texts exceed the limits, beeing to sexually or warlike explicits. In spite of the limited freedom of speech, there is a greater freedom of acts : flirting, kissing, caressing...This is Rio and everyone can try one's luck.
"Perversos" show at the Boqueirão "baile". Their choreographies end up with the beginning of a strip tease, which turns girls into frenzy. The male dancers are snatched by the girls who will try and undress, kiss or touch them. Rio de Janeiro.
Turma do Indio 2017 - Guadalupe
The gang of the Indian (Turma do Indio) is based in the district of Guadalupe, suburb of Rio de Janeiro. Pacific oriented, they use a totem and a soft toy instead of the ball - as a sign of non agressivity. They all join for a ceremony & fireworks before their invasion and parade in the other districts of Rio de Janeiro. They've grown up to 250 in the last years, duplicating their members..
The parade of the Enigma gang from Marechal Hermes district, zona norte of Rio de Janeiro, full of art and details.
Turma do Indio 2017 - Guadalupe
Launching party of the Beast ('Fera") the new Ouro Negro soundmachine at the Metropole club, suburb of Belém do Pará, september 2016. The machine was built by Jo„o do Som, one of the most proeminent craftsman and creator of machines..
Baile Funk in the favela São João, in the district of Engenho Novo, Rio de Janeiro. On the wall, a slideshow of my Rio Baile Funk series. After years documenting Baile Funk in the whole city - I started to show it back in the place where the work was done.
Pendant representing a deceased friend. Baile Funk in Morro do Turano slum. Rio de Janeiro, 2006..The Funk carioca movement is fashion and look as well : The boys show off their muscles and naked torsos, adorned with chains and tattoos, accessories which will make the difference during the ball. Girls will look after their bikini marks, which will appear above mini-skirts or micro-shorts. Everything is worth to draw attention! .
Submachine gun pendant , Baile of Curtisomrio soundsystem, downtown Rio de Janeiro. A hint to the omnipresence of weapons on favelas' territory..The Funk carioca movement is fashion and look as well : the boys try and identify themselves to the gangs' "warriors" who dominate Rio's favelas as to attract the girls' attention and assert oneself..
Funk ball in Belford Roxo, near Rio de Janeiro. This funk dancer is using a rose, symbol of the boys band "The Don Juans", famous for their romantic raps..
MC Gorila, from the Gorila & Preto duet, getting his breath back after their show. Gorila & Preto represent the "Funk Comedia" movement, distinguishing themselves from other warlike and sensual raps. Gorila & Preto live in the Rocinha slum and they add humor and self-mockery to sensual raps. Clube Ita Show, Itaborai, Rio de Janeiro state..
Baile Funk in the Castelo favela in Rio das Pedras, western area of Rio de Janeiro. This young "funkeira" is only 12 years old, but going out to the Baile is the most awaited moment in her week. .
Suellen Santos et Roberta Petraglia, 16 et 13 ans, danseuses du groupe des "Desejadas", après un show dans leur quartier de Pavuna, Zona Norte de Rio de Janeiro
Funkeiros. Baile Funk on sunday night at Club 18, in the borough of Olaria, by the entry of the Complexo do Alemão's favelas.
"Baile" at the Fazenda F.C, in São João do Meriti - suburb of Rio de Janeiro. In the heat of the "baile", boys will often drop take off their T-shirt. But to draw the girl's attention, choreographic inventivity and steps will make the difference! Homo-erotism is often part of the seduction game
Tournage du clip "Vira a Cara" du DJ Leo Justi / Heavy Baile à Vila Mimosa, quartier de prostitution populaire, avec Massengo Jr, fameux danseur de la scène black music de Rio/
Baile of Morro do Andaraí, Rio de Janeiro. As a contrast to rap the "baile funk" in the favela is a stage for discipline and respect, being a girl or a boy, a dancer or a junkie. It's a moment of dignity, pride, collective choreographic creations .No boy will approach a girl during a ball unless invited. The explicit lyrics of the "baile" contrast with the absence of vulgarity, the beauty of gestures, dance movements..
Roadies assembling a soudsystem for the "Rio Parada Funk" (Rio Funk Parade 2014) inside the Sambodromo.
Daiane, then a dancer of "Bonde da Loura", known under the nickname "Mulher Jaca" (Jaca : a tropical fruit) performing during a Baile funk in Nova Iguacu, in Rio de Janeiro's suburbs. Numerous MCs perform with female or male dancers who sometimes give a hint of a strip tease.
Young man dressed up as a "Favela warrior" for the Carnival, Rio de Janeiro 2011 // Jovem fantasiado de "Soldado do Morro" no Carnaval 2011.
Havita - Osvaldo Cruz 2017
Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro 2007. The biggest slum in Rio, located in the heart of the city's richest areas : São Conrado, Gavea and Barra da Tijuca. There are at least 4 baile each weekend.
Revelhão no morro da Arvore Seca, Complexo do Lins, Rio de Janeiro. // New year's eve 2009 in the Complexo do Lins' favelas, Northern Area of Rio. Far from the beaches and Copacabana, the favelas treat themselves to their own fireworks.
Projection of the series "Rio Baile Funk" during a Funk event, in favela Santa Marta, South area of Rio de Janeiro. After years documenting and photographing the bailes funk , it seemed only fair to show this work where it actually took place..
Slideshow "Rio Baile Funk" - work by Vincent Rosenblatt in the district of Lapa, Rio de Janeiro
Slideshow in the Baile Funk of the favela São João, North Zone, Rio de Janeiro. After years documenting Baile Funk in the whole city - I started to show it back in the place where the work was done.
Slideshow "Rio Baile Funk" - work by Vincent Rosenblatt in the district of Lapa, Rio de Janeiro
Slideshow "Rio Baile Funk" - work by Vincent Rosenblatt in the favela Margem da Linha, in Campos, Rio de Janeiro state.
Kids from the favela of City of God love to fantasy as Bate Bola clowns. Still too young to get out and circulate out of the favela, they show in their neighboorhood..
The gang of the Indian (Turma do Indio) is based in the district of Guadalupe, suburb of Rio de Janeiro. Pacific oriented, they use a totem and a soft toy instead of the ball - as a sign of non agressivity. To show and parade on the Beach of Copacabana is a pride & revenge for this people of poor workers from the far suburbs.
This devil is part of the Agony clown gang, showing of at their headquarter. The "Turma da Agonia" is a feard and respected gang of clowns of the district of Madureira, North Zone of Rio de Janeiro. The long awaited moment of the outlet arrived !
Bonde do Quebra
Vitor Hugo, Diego, Anderson and Heverton, "Muleks 100 limits" ("boys without limits") are training on the rooftop of Diego's house, on the heights of Mangueira favela . They rehearse almost every day, and perfect their choreographies, hoping to have success on the carioca funk scene and get a better life. Down the hill, the Maracanã stadium.
Turma Abusados from City of God. With more than 100 members, it has already 10 years of existence in the favela.
Mounting of the soundsystem of the Cyborg, once one of the major soundmachine of the state of Para (but now out of business). The party starts in the afternoon and will only end at the sunrise. An Amazonian, popular rave party, swinging on the rythm of Technobrega..
The rain did not stop the party : in Amazonia, Tecnobrega parties give a "Woodstock" spirit to the event..
Party featuring the Badalasom "Evolution" (The second iteration of the Buffalo soudmachine from the island of Marajo, released in 2015) at the Bancrévea club in the periphery of Bélem do Par·. This machine was build by Marcelo "Projesom" - one of the most prestigious "aparelhagem" maker.
Tupinamba Saudade is the last of the Tubinamba soudmachines - soundmachine. All the native americans that lived in the region when the portugueses arrived at the XVIth century. The owner, DJ Dinho, is proud of his indigenous roots. The machine was created by Marcelo "Projesom" - one of the most talented craftman of the state of Pará.