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Sound Machines of the Amazon

Ask anyone who’s spent time in Brazil about Brazilian music, and they’re liable to mention a few things: Cachaça in tiny nightclubs, dancing women’s heels; the glittery, and the militant, Miami bass vibe of favela funk. But that’s the popular stuff, the music of Rio and São Paulo. Way up in the isolated northern state of Pará, right on the edge of the Amazonian wilds, something else is playing. The people of Belém, the capital of Pará, listen to technobrega.

Literally meaning “tacky techno,” technobrega shows are like carnivalesque Jamaican dancehall parties set to blaring, early-90s arena house. Oh, and it looks like outer space and there’s fire shooting out of stuff. The whole scene lives off of the parties themselves, with DJs and artists who actively encourage people to pirate their music just to help get their name out there and fill the next show. All in all it makes for an incredibly prolific and tight-knit scene unlike any other out there. The film team traveled to Belém to check out the technobrega scene.

By Derek Mead, Vice

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