BW of Brazil: It’s funny how someone’s popularity can go beyond categories and be featured in areas and spaces that they have nothing to do with. Such is the case of one Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, one of the world’s most popular entertainers, who arrived for a series of shows throughout Brazil starting last week in Fortaleza, Ceará (northeastern region).
In reality, Beyoncé, not being a black woman from Brazil, has no reason to even be on this blog, but as her influence in Brazil is so huge it’s impossible to mention her highly anticipated arrival. Even not being Brazilian, Beyoncé’s name has been mentioned on this blog a number of times. Why? First because of the Brazilian media’s penchant for tagging nearly any pretty black Brazilian female public figure the “Brazilian Beyoncé”. Or, her influence on black Brazilian women hair styles, copy cats of her ever popular “Single Ladies” video, her declaration on ancestry (and thus race) and even her name itself which was borrowed by a popular Rio MC.
The anticipation and arrival of the “Mrs. Carter” tour stop in Brazil hit a peak as the singer’s image has been plastered on numerous newspapers and magazine covers, a blog covering her tour in Brazil (photo at top of page) and of course a Beyoncé dance and lip sync competition. Check out the video.
Beyoncé’s performance in Rio was actually very special for a popular Rio-based funk group whose popular song Beyoncé danced to in the middle of her own show. The intersection of race, media and representation in regards to funk music is another popular topic on this blog. The genre which is connected to its origins in poor, predominantly black neighborhoods has been the target of endless ridicule by Brazil’s middle and upper classes but is now being accepted in some of these circles because of a lighter skinned performer who many say has lightened the sound of the funk and even her skin color (according to some) to achieve mainstream success that has mostly alluded the genre’s black performers. The performance of such a song by an international superstar of Beyoncé’s stature would be huge for any aspiring singer or songwriter, even more so for artists of a genre that has been so disrespected as “funk carioca”.
See the story, Beyoncé’s performance of the song and the original group’s performance below.
After Beyoncé concert , Leleks makes protest track to give to the singer
by Globo Extra
MC Federado and os Leleks are forbidden to sing the hit “Passinho do volante”
The most anticipated attraction of the first day of Rock in Rio, Beyoncé surprised and excited the audience when she played and danced to the funk hit “Passinho do volante”, which contains the refrain “Ah, Lelek lek lek”.
The success of the performance spotlighted the song again, and now MC Federado and os Leleks, forbidden from performing their hit, want to protest. The music that blew up in 2013 is the center of a court battle that has unfolded since March. An injunction issued by the 49th Civil Court of the capital of Rio de Janeiro forbade members signed by Furacão 2000 – Paulo Victor (Federado), Allan and Alex – from singing the song .
Now, the funkeiros want to write a track to thank the American diva and at the same time, protest the ban.
“If I stop to think about what I want to tell her, everything that I wanted to thank her for, would have to be a huge track. We want to give her a hug. If I have a chance to talk to her, I would talk about everything that is happening to us, of the people who want to take away our shine,” says Paulo Victor, 18.
He says he was in the street when friends told him that Beyoncé was performing to the sound of the hit.
“At first I didn’t believe it. But when I got home, I saw the video. All that everyone was talking about was this. I don’t know. It was like the phoenix, reborn from the ashes. I felt the same thing when I saw (soccer superstar) Neymar dancing. I cried, I called my father and my mother. I talked to everyone – emphasizes the funkeiro, who hopes the buzz around the singer’s show will help reverse the judgment: – We were deprived of singing it, this song was our breadwinner. We all need to support our families. It’s a bad thing to lack money to pay bills, eat, not having money to have fun.”
The court battle
Confusion backstage and made MC Federado and os Leleks be one group and os Lelekes, a different one. The two fought in court for the right to sing “Passinho do volante”, and currently group formation consisting of Renan, Jean, Raphael and Vitor is the only one authorized. But only Renan was in the video that rocked the internet and made the music blow up.
The dispute began in March, when the group MC Federado and os Lelekes, riding the wave of the success, were represented by Lek Produções, of funkeiro MC Dieddy. Until Paulo Victor (Federado) , Allan and Alex signed with Furacão 2000 accusing Dieddy not sharing the money of the shows correctly. Currently, the trio cannot perform in concert halls, the radio and television, under penalty of use of police force and a fine of R$100,000 (US$43,800).
Source: Globo Extra
Beyonce performs “Leleke leke leke (Passinho do Volante)” at Rock in Rio 2013
Ah lelek lek – Mc Federado e os Lelekes – Passinho do Volante