Blogger Zezinho: “Falsche Vorstellung von Favelas”

Zezinho wohnt in der Favela Rocinha in Rio de Janeiro – weil ihn nervte, wie die Massenmedien die Favela darstellten, gründete er sein eigenes Blog.

Muskelmänner zu Besuch, DJ-Klasse, Kritik an der Besetzung der Favela: Auf seinem Blog “Life in Favela of Rocinha” bloggt Favelabewohner Zezinho über den Alltag in der der größten Favela von Rio de Janeiro.

200 feste Leser hat er mittlerweile, ein überschaubares, aber interessiertes Stammpublikum. Regelmäßig erhält Zezinho von Studenten, Wissenschaftlern oder Journalisten Anfragen zu Themen wie UPP, Besetzung der Favelas, Leben in der Favela – und hat sich jetzt überlegt, eine Art “Open-Source-FAQ” zu Favelas zusammenstellen, die dann jeder auf seinem Blog abrufen kann.

Zezinho

Im Videointerview erzählt Zezinho, warum er angefangen hat zu bloggen und wieso sich Favelabewohnern mit dem Internet eine ganz neue Welt eröffnet.

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Favela Remix: DJ School “Spin Rocinha”

Mixing, scratching, spinning: A new DJ school in favela Rocinha shows young people how to become a DJ.

 

In Rocinha, the largest favela in Rio de Janeiro, the music never dies: 80ies-Hits, songs from the northeast of Brazil and latest funk raps are pouring out of small bars and shops lining the main street, the hundreds of brick houses, a buzzing sound escorts some of the mini-vans and cars driving by and young people walking up the steep hill are listening to their earphones.

Also 20-year-old Ramon is standing behind DJ decks in one of the houses at the main street, smoothly blending a spanish Dance-Hit together with a faster electro track for several minutes, without a break. Ramon didn`t even have to pre-listen the second song – the blinking lights at the mixer and his laptop told him everything he had to know for that perfect demonstration of digital DJing.

Learning by doing: DJ school "Spin Rocinha" (Foto: Sonja Peteranderl)

It is the start of a lesson, at Rocinha`s new DJ school „Spin Rocinha“. Since last August young people from the favela community have been learning how to become a DJ, attenting sessions twice a week. Three young men and a 16-year-old girl are attentively watching every move of their teacher Ramon. „It`s pretty easy“, motivates Ramon them. „You just have to keep the rhythm and the speed of the two songs, you want to mix together, in mind.“ Continue reading