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Gringos Love Baile Funk

By Doug Gray, Senior Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - Though imported as ‘Baile Funk’ around the world, the name given to the often primitive, always pounding sounds of Rio’s hillsides, raves and definitely not the affluent condos of Barra, is simply ‘Funk’ or ‘Funk Carioca’ (pronounced ‘Funk-ee’ in Rio due to the keen avoidance of finishing any word with a closed sound) to Brazilians.

From London to Berlin, Baltimore to Lisbon, Baile Funk has been adopted as a cutting edge and vital new musical form, really only heard outside of Brazil since the turn of the century despite its . . .

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