Friday Funny: Brazil Mayor Fights the Funk

Due to its pounding beat and often sexual themes, funk music has been banned from Carnival by the mayor of a small Brazilian town.
February 12, 2010, 2pm PST | Nate Berg
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"Mayor Jose Neto of Sao Lourenco in southeastern Minas Gerais state told Globo television he was banning songs that incite violence and disrespect authority and wanted to protect more traditional Carnival music, such as samba.

Anyone caught listening to funk -- a pounding beat often with sexual lyrics popular in Rio de Janeiro's slums -- or rap during the Carnival period would have to turn it off or face arrest and up to six months in prison, he reportedly said."

The Brazilian Carnival begins today -- with funk or without.

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Published on Friday, February 12, 2010 in Reuters
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