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Tá patrão: a study on artistic and musical work in the funk ostentação in São Paulo

Grant number: 18/24327-2
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2019
Effective date (End): April 30, 2023
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Sociology - Other specific Sociologies
Principal Investigator:Liliana Rolfsen Petrilli Segnini
Grantee:Marcos Roberto Mariano Pina
Host Institution: Faculdade de Educação (FE). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):21/12570-2 - A comparative study between the musical work in the funk of São Paulo and the rap of the parisian region, BE.EP.PD


This research aims to analyze the work relations of the MCs of the musical style known as funk ostentação in the city of São Paulo. The MCs are responsible for the composition and/or presentation of the songs offered to the final audience through virtual platforms and/or live performances in clubs and block parties. The interest is to verify how this specific aesthetic of the funk ostentation articulates and helps to create the funk music market, which emerges as a promising work alternative in the scenario of cultural production for a growing portion of young men living in poor neighborhoods. The MCs take a leading role as trendsetters, reinforcing a lifestyle through the lyrics of the songs, whose theme revolves around the incentive of the consumption of luxury goods, viewed as a measure of individual value. This songs project characters whose trajectories were previously confined to the so-called territories of poverty now at the heart of brazilian consumer society, making this access to consumption a common denominator, where the representations of center and periphery meet. The starting point will be the discussion about artistic and musical work, analyzing the meanings of the work category itself in the funk ostentação circuit, considering the influence of social class, gender and generation in the construction of MCs trajectories. The methodology will be qualitative, contemplating an ethnographic effort to accompany this musical shows in clubs and block parties, interviews with key informants and also analysis of the music produced, which I consider as legitimate illustrations of the values that influence the organization of their work.

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