“Nu-Whirled” Music on Afropop Worldwide

So here’s the episode of Afropop Worldwide where they talk about this new electronic roots dance music thing.

I didn’t realize that Diplo is really responsible for bringing baile funk to the indie mainstream (if that oxymoron “indie mainstream” makes any sense). By the way, a prediction: You will hear flavors of the baile funk sound in popular hip hop tunes soon.

Interestingly, if you play even the hippest, silliest American baile funk tune to a Brazilian, they don’t really seem to appreciate it and will tell you about how that music comes from exceptionally low class people. There are some Brazilian hipsters like the kids in Bondê do Role that get the irony, but for most there is a pretty bad association with the sound.


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