A Filial: Brazilian Skateboarders Meet Hip-Hop


Song List

  • "A Ciranda Continua/Calma Pedro"
  • "Aqui Se Faz Aqui Nao Paga"
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Emerging from the skateboarding scene of Rio de Janeiro, A Filial melds Brazilian roots music with hip-hop. Though it's easy to assume that the band's beats are primarily American-influenced (making it something of a Brazilian Beastie Boys), A Filial has developed a sound that's perfectly at home in an American skater's stereo, yet authentically Brazilian.

Most of the band members grew up in the same poverty-stricken Santa Teresa neighborhood. Their first tape was recorded with a Playstation, a karaoke set, a cheap mic and a used cassette. A Filial's official debut album, $1,99, refers to the Brazilian equivalent of the American dollar store — a nod to the idea of accessibility for all.

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