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Still from the trailer for Favela on Blast

Extreme poverty, crime, violent drug gangs and their full fledged wars with the police: all of these negative connotations often overshadow the beauty of Rio’s so called slums, the favelas.

International DJ Producer phenom Diplo has been mining the sound of favela music (baile funk) for some time now. Given the equivalent of a ‘hood pass’ into the favelas, he’s had the chance to see and experience first hand the raw energy and charisma that make the favelas like no other place in the world.

Now, backed by his label Mad Decent, he and his partner Leandro HBL are giving us that insider’s glance with their new documentary, Favela on Blast. Assured to be a colorful journey exploring the people, culture and music of Rio’s neglected neighborhoods, this documentary will have you smiling, dancing and making the 2014 World Cup just one more excuse to visit Rio.

The trailer:

You can download the movie at for $5. It comes with a PDF with photos and information about the film’s concept, synopsis and producers.

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About The Author

Matt Huntington

Matt is currently taking a year off to travel through South East Asia, and if he doesn't put down any roots there he's returning to South America to spend the rest of his sabbatical WWOOFing, trekking, and brushing up on his Spanish.

  • Cornelius Aesop

    When I first arrived in Rio and heard about the Funk music of the Favelahs my mind first though of George Clinton and the likes of Maggot Brain. It wasn’t until I spent some time in the country and explored a few unsavory bars and clubs that I learned about the complexities of Funk music that started from the most basic of instruments consisting of 70′s keyboards and a few beat makers and has developed into a mainstream form of music.

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