Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

The little black princess of Hip Hop: MC Soffia has sung about empowering black girls since the age of six


Note from BW of Brazil: Represent. Representation. This is what came to my mind when I first learned of the pint-sized rapper known as MC Soffia. Represent because she’s represents where … Continue reading

October 27, 2015 · 2 Comments

The hard realities of show biz: After starring roles in hit film and TV series, singer Jacqueline Simão falls to earth after 15 minutes of fame – artist now on comeback trail


Note from BW of Brazil: Incredible! It’s been nine years! It’s really hard to believe that the film and mini-series Antônia came out back in 2006, early a decade ago. A … Continue reading

September 4, 2015 · 2 Comments

“I was underestimated by my popular music colleagues” – Singer/rapper Negra Li appears on late night talk show and reunites with rap group RZO


Note from BW of Brazil: Singer/rapper Negra Li has made a name for herself over the past few decades with her mixture of Hip Hop inflected beats, pop and música black … Continue reading

August 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Ladies Gang photo gallery


The Hip Hop quintet known as Ladies Gang from Rio de Janeiro’s Manguinhos community consists of Dona Lanôr, Bandity, Slain Rúbia, Kim Glimberg and Tetiz, the stage names of Ana … Continue reading

January 27, 2015 · 2 Comments

Second CD of singer Luciana Oliveira based in black rhythms like Hip-Hop, Samba and Reggae


Note from BW of Brazil: Nearly two weeks ago, BW of Brazil brought you the eclectic sounds of Salvador, Bahia singer Larissa Luz, today it’s great to announce the return … Continue reading

October 10, 2013 · 1 Comment

Six Brazilian rappers killed in the last two years; communities suspect Military Police death squads


Top: DJ Felipe, MC Duda, MC Felipe Boladão Bottom: DJ Lah, MC Primo, MC Careca In São Paulo, Hip Hop is one of the strongest cultural movements in the city. In … Continue reading

January 28, 2013 · 2 Comments

The continuous white appropriation of northeastern Afro-Brazilian Axé music


Claudia Leitte Carnaval campaign ad Earlier this year in February during Carnaval season, BW of Brazil published a short article entitled, “The dominance of the European aesthetic in Bahia’s media” which hinted … Continue reading

October 22, 2012 · 21 Comments