Note from BW of Brazil: Well unless you were sleeping, unconscious or simply not interested, you know that the long anticipated 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro started off with a bang last night at the famed Maracanã stadium. And what a spectacle the whole thing was! From samba to funk to maracatu and bossa nova, the opening presented to an international audience musical styles that have been the heart and soul of the country in various periods throughout the past century.
After so much controversy that has marred Brazil since the country earned the right to host the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, many still wondered if it was even worth going through with the event. But as the opening ceremony finally began this frustration and pessimism turned into pride, at least for this brief time, as global cameras focused on some of the unique talents that make Brazil Brazil. And as the spectacle unfolded, I was quite surprised by what as well as who were allowed to present the country in such an important moment on the world stage.
Favelas, like the majority black people that have long inhabited them, have long been a part of Brazil that so many like to pretend don’t matter and here were both in all their glory being transmitted into the homes of perhaps a billion people worldwide! Not only did we see more black Brazilians on television than any other time of the year save Carnaval, this wave of blackness continued when the numerous representatives of African nations proudly representing their respective countries.
Each of the Brazilian stars that appeared were important for their own particular reasons. Artists such as Jorge Ben and Gilberto Gil represent the veteran superstars who have offered the best of Brazilian music for the past five decades. Elza Soares, the BBC’s “Singer of the Millenium” is perhaps the only black woman in Brazil to have reached such heights in a career that has seen her scat like Louis Armstrong and share the stage with the new funk generation. And this new generation was well-represented with the likes of Karol Conka and Ludmilla, who have taken their places among Brazil’s top stars in recent years and the diminutive MC Soffia, the 12-year old whose rhymes encouraging black girls just like her to take pride in their race have taken her from small Hip Hop venues to one of the world’s biggest media events!
It’s great to see some of these names that have, for the most part, been known only in Brazil, be able to do what they do best for an international audience! And it’s great to know that BW of Brazil was able to bring these talents to our readers in previous posts as they continue to climb to new heights in their careers! BW of Brazil was here before the World Cup and the Olympics and when all the hype of this event is over, we will continue to bring you news about these movers and shakers when the international spotlight has long faded! But for now and the next few weeks all eyes are on Rio de Janeiro! Welcome to the 2016 Summer Olympics!
#Rio2016: ‘Bloco Favela’ opening was simply sensational
Courtesy of Brasil Pòst
Say what: did you get goosebumps too seeing the “bloco favela” at the opening ceremony of the Olympics?
On Friday evening (5), in the already memorable Rio 2016, the opening ceremony dedicated to the periphery colored Maracanã and slammed into the hard reality represented there.
The funkeira Ludmilla, from the top of the shanties, sung “Rap da Felicidade” (Happiness Rap), announcing to all Brazilians and foreigners present: “Eu só quero é ser feliz / Andar tranquilamente na favela em que eu nasci” (I just want to be happy/Walking quietly in the favela where I was born)
Singers Zeca Pagodinho, Jorge Ben and rapper Marcelo D2 in turn, showed the joy and perseverance of the country’s poor people.
On Twitter, the praise and emotion also spoke out loud:
Gustavo Borges @Gusfborges
D2, Conka, mc sofia DAMN RAP IS THE SHIT, without speaking of what can’t mix. We are great. I doubt that would have happened to rap 10 years ago
Snap: nyleferrari @nyleferrari
MC Soffia and Karol Conka in #CerimoniaDeAbertura (Opening Ceremony) talking about empowerment.
There will be funk yes
There will be Ludmilla yes
There will be Anitta yes
will have Karol Conka yes
FUNK IS ALSO BRAZILIAN CULTURE #CerimoniaDeAbertura
8:34 PM – 5 Aug 2016
215,215 retweets 117,117 likes
snap: JornalOGlobo ✔ @JornalOGlobo
If it is to tip over… Karol Conka gives a peck to Elza Soares behind the scenes. http://glo.bo/2b0ahdI
MC Soffia becomes highlight of international site after Rio 2016 Olympics Opening Ceremony
Rapper, 12, sang alongside Karol Conka about female empowerment
Courtesy of Quem
MC Soffia, 12, won over foreignors and was featured in social networks and on the foreign site Hollywood Life, performing next to Karol Conka at the opening of the Olimpíada Rio 2016 (Rio Olympics 2016) on Friday (5), at the Maracanã stadium.
According to the publication that did a story about the rapper, talking about her quality, which it compared to rappers Drake and Eminem. “She did an amazing duet with Karol Conka,” said the text, which also praised the singer’s style. “She rocked the stage for the Rio Olympics in 2016 and made her mark on music and in fashion! Who didn’t notice in her pink dreadslocks.”
Soffia, who was also featured in The Guardian, blew up on social networks. Internet users praised her hair and the fact that she’s been singing about female empowerment at such a young age.