The first time I heard baile funk was outside of a Mangueira samba school party in a Rio de Janeiro favela. The tourists and some locals were dancing and partying it up to classic carnival sounds inside, while the teenagers from the neighborhood, who either couldn't afford to pay the $20 cover or just weren't interested, were making their own party outside the venue. The music they were "grinding" to is called baile funk, a mix of old school hip hop beats, Miami Bass and 80's electro-pop sounds. The lyrics are sometimes raunchy and the beats are always captivating.
Lately, I've been jammin' to the baile funk sounds of Brazilian-Indonesia musician, Zuzuka Poderosa. Her music takes me back to that late summer night in Rio where I made my way outside to learn some baile funk dances from the local teens.