Burlesque Made in Brazil

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Clo and Tiago Miranda from ZambaBem Dances are performers that just want to have fun with the pulsating Brazilian rhythms.

Burlesque is a literary, dramatic or musical work intended to cause laughter by caricaturing the manner or spirit of serious works, or by ludicrous treatment of their subjects. The word derives from the Italian burlesco, which itself derives from the Italian burla – a joke, ridicule or mockery.


-“Frevo in a rainy day”: The word frevo is said to come from frever, a misspeaking of the word ferver (to boil). It is said that the sound of the frevo will make listeners and dancers to feel as they are boiling on the ground.

-“Carmen Miranda tem dengo”: Carmen Miranda,  was a Portuguese-born Brazilian samba singer, Broadway actress and Hollywood film star popular in the 1940s and 1950s. She was, by some accounts, the highest-earning woman in the United States and noted for her signature Fruit Hat outfit she wore in the 1943 movie The Gang’s All Here Though hailed as a talented performer, her movie roles in the United States soon became cartoonish and she grew to resent them.

– “Surra de Bunda”: is a Funk Carioca is the new sound of Brazil’s shantytowns. It features old-school hip-hop beats and rapping in Portuguese.

In Brazil, Funk Carioca lyrics are often criticized due to their violent and sexually explicit, as well as  Misogynistic content – the degradation of woman as objects for sex is a recurring theme in funk Carioca. Girls are called “cachorras” (dogs) – meaning bitches – and “popozudas” – large asses, and many songs revolve around casual and degrading sex practices with them. “Novinhas” (young/underaged girls) as  sexual objects are also a frequent theme in funk songs. Some of these songs, however, are ironically sung by women. The extreme banalization of sex and the incitement of  promiscuity is viewed as a negative aspect of the funk culture. Besides the moral considerations, in favelas, where sanitary conditions are poor and  sex education low, this might lead to public health and social issues.

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