Stevio...LA LA Lovin' It?

I'm British-born Chinese from Bristol, UK. I’m LA-based. I’m a hip hop aficionado. After 15 years in London I moved to LA to pursue a new career and outlook on life.

Back in the 80s I was a DJ. In the 90s I contributed to the world's first street style exhibition at London's Victoria & Albert Museum. In 2011, I had my first interviews published. Today, I’m keeping busy with music, art, photos and writing.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Diplo/Mad Decent goes to Brazil

Diplo is best known to me for his Spank Rock, Amanda Blank and Santigold work, and of course his Major Lazer project with UK bloke and Sinden compadre, Switch.

But, I never knew of Diplo's love affair with Brazilian baile funk. Back in 2004, he released Favela on Blast: Rio Baile Funk 2004 and Favela Strikes Back, and in 2006 he launched his record label, Mad Decent, signing Brazilian baile funk group, Bonde do Role.

Below are some teasers of Diplo's film on the baile funk scene. To a novice like me it looks like the Brazilian version of the Jamaican dancehall scene!

Favela on Blast intro (USA version with Diplo's voice) from Leandro HBL on Vimeo.

Favela On Blast - Official Trailer from Mad Decent on Vimeo.

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