Karol Conka – The New Face of Brazilian Hip-Hop

By 22 December, 2011

We made a bit of a fuss about the latest Criolo album, making it our best album of 2011 as well as calling it the future of Brazilian hip-hop. Well, it looks like Karol Conka could be making that future come a lot quicker. From the emerging Curitiba hip-hop scene, Conka – like Criolo – mixes traditional Brazilian music with the harder sound of modern hip-hop, while also revealing a love for MPB and samba. Hip-hop in Brazil has always either aped Western hip-hop or gone to the other extreme, becoming insular within it’s scenes in Sao Paulo or Rio de Janeiro. It’s exactly this kind of insularity that Karol Conka is intending to fight, carrying on the work of Chico Science and Nacao Zumbi in the 90s.

Here is a brand new clip of Conka in action, performing “Gandaia” off her upcoming self-titled debut album:

If you want more, Conka released a promo earlier this year featuring seven tracks, which you can listen to below:
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You can check out Karol Conka at myspace.com/mckarolconka and twitter.com/Karolconka

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