The journal Folha de São Paulo published, in January 2020, a report signed by the PPGAS'researcher Meno del Picchia, together with journalist Nina Rahe about the presence of funk in the city's celebrations after the 2019 tragedy that led to death of 9 innocent youths by the police.
The research sought to understand funk in São Paulo in the light of music anthropology, in particular, based on the concept of music by the New Zealander Christopher Small. Musicking funk is not the same as funk music. Music is the sound object, the recording, the phonogram. The musicking talks about all kinds of engagement observed in a specific sound-musical manifestation, and about all the actors involved (in the case of the funk flow, for example, from the bar owners selling drinks, to the powerful sound systems that young people take on the backs of cars. Ethnography was part of the Funk League, an association that guides young aspiring MCs and DJs. He toured some funk studios of a neighborhood on the south side of São Paulo, famous for its street flows, to describe the creative processes and the technologies involved in making music. The flow looked like a musician revealed the centrality of a complex network of sound systems being activated every weekend by young funkeiros and funkeiras in the streets, in doors of bars and inside tobacconists. Young people get involved and get together from the electric activation of powerful loudspeakers. Living with the sound mass produced at parties is not peaceful, it generates disputes over local but also of a political nature that transcend local issues.
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