“Popa Da Bunda” – the rear end, as well as “O Crime tá ai” – the crime is there. These titles name two thematic complexes, queer dance and body representation as well as favela gang culture, which play a major role in current Brazilian music videos. While queer music and corresponding music videos receive a lot of attention worldwide, depicting mega-trends of sexual diversity, and therefore the Brazilian varieties of queerness and their representations should be asked, the favela gang culture per se is a specifically Brazilian development, because it led to the development of its own genre, Proibidão (radically forbidden music). In this context, music is used specifically to communicate against the militias of the military police as well as against rival gangs, but also to recruit new gang members, with beats often based on recordings of gunshots or imbued with them. Proibidão is thus part of the genre of militant music, and far beyond the world of marches.
The evening introduces the two thematic complexes by means of numerous video examples.
Thanks for impulses for the screening program go to Pedro Oliveira, who applied decolonial design research and sound studies to the genre of Proibidão as part of his dissertation project.
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