Fashion Designer Mark Ecko, Gringolado?
Fashion designer Mark Ecko posted a video of him in Rocinha, and wrote a little about the favelas in Brazil.
You really don’t get a taste of Brazil until you get to visit the Favela’s. I visited both Helipolis in Sao Paolo, and Rocinha in Rio. In Sao Paolo I got to visit the work of Apprendiz and other social projects involving the arts and community. In Rocinha I got a very special night time tour with MC Junior and Leonardo– who are giants in the music scene here.
I had an amazing time. People were lined up on the streets watching old videos of Michael Jackson. The food was great. Graff scene in Sao Paolo is sick! Rio is a completely different vibe– much more chill, typical of a beach community. Rio is LA. Sao Paolo is NYC. This video is a little long, but it’s worth watching- especially for the music in the end.
Side note: Interesting comment left on Mark’s blog by a brazilian that shows the Brazilian attitude towards favelas. “Damn, so I, a brazilian, who visited hundred of different places of my own country, but never a favela from Rio or São Paulo never got the “real taste” of my country?”