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Our Misssion

Welcome to Cariocafreeculture. Please contact us for price information and special services for tips.  Below is a description of our mission:

  • Offer a rich and balanced perspective of favela culture
  • Answer questions to the best of our abilities
  • Breakdown stereotypes about favelas and the people living there
  • Replace fears or misunderstandings with accepting diversity
  • Open doors of communication
  • Create networks between locals and foreigners
  • Become popular enough to help provide this type of work for other people here living in the favela

Viewpoint from a favelado:

Favelas, Language and Culture

Our mission is to show you the reality of favelas that is lacking in the media, to show the culture, art and language used by those who are from the favelas.

The actual word favela translates to something like great slum of urban disorder. We are here to open your minds about this and bring you the information freely.

I was born in the biggest favela in Latin America, known as Rocinha. I grew up respecting our culture and language, learning what it meant to live with a lot, and how to live with very little.

Many people don’t know what life is like inside the favelas, they just watch tv and listen to the radio and make their judgements from there.

Of course there are many people in the favelas who never reach great success or achievements in institutional education due to lack of opportunities, but they grow up with culture.

The doors of the media and social communication have opened up great opportunities for those in dance, samba, capoeira, as well as the social language of favelas known as “Gírias”. (Through gírias came favela funk, a now famous subculture of music in Rio.)

Samba- was the first expression of the favelas to become a part of the current culture inside the favelas, opening the doors of communication between the rich and the poor, a legitimate expression of what is known as Brasilian culture.

Carnival “Africanized” the official culture of Brasil by creating the “Samba” school – Escolas de Samba- attracting investment capital for the schools.

African rhythms have completely invaded since carnival, a festival of European origin.

Capoeira from african culture, from slavery, was taken in by the favelas and is now known world wide as a Brazilian martial art. A dance from African origins has opened new horizons. Used inside the favelas, capoeira demonstrated the suffering of African Brasilians. Now, it has transformed into schools, teaching the world of the rich culture of the Favelados.

We have our own language known as slang or “Girias das Favelas” which has gained strength through funk and today is spoken and sung in all of Rio de Janeiro.

Once viewed as poor and broken Portugues of the poor without culture, it is now a part of “Carioca” culture. It is a difficult language to learn. Without the slang, a big part of carioca culture would not exist.

This, is a bit of what we are trying to teach you here, simply and free.

Carioca Free Culture – showing you some culture as a friend.

-Rodrigo & Mary Ellen