January 25th, 2008

Here, Blonde Hair Always Means Money

A charming video about / promoting MC Gringo, Rio’s funky Alemão interloper, who represents for Kraftwerk and not just Germans but “all the gringos” (via vamanos) —


  • 1. Kiddid  |  January 25th, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    Very interesting video. Gotta respect that distinctly German trait of diving in head first even (and especially) when there might be extreme physical risk involved.
    I love the way he simply responds that he “feels German” at the end. To me that reinforces his sincerity. E o cara fala bem portugues, nein?

  • 2. Raffa (frikstailers)  |  February 5th, 2008 at 1:00 am

    I haven’t seen this video before.. Very interesting. I didn’t know he was german. He is just as mad as “Dick el Demasiado”, you know, this dutch man who came to Argentina to start making cumbia.. Anyway there are some big differences.. MC Gringo makes Baile Funk respecting the style as it already is (me respect to him for that!).. Dick makes cumbia in a way It haven’t been done before..
    I love MC Gringo and Dick el Demasiado for coming to Southamerica to bring new perspectives to our musics.. if they ever see this comment…THANKS!

  • 3. wayneandwax  |  February 9th, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    I think I’m with you, Raffa. I appreciate all kinds of different engagements and perspectives on things. Of course, as Gringo notes here, we often have to deal with the uncomfortable legacies of slavey — i.e., racialized appropriation of labor (and the products of labor) — which can make modern “appropriations” seem especially uncomfortable. Were it not for a racialized class system, though, I think we could all play together and it’d be all good. And I’m glad there are some brave (and/or ignorant) folk who do so anyway.

  • 4. André Albert  |  February 13th, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Hi, Wayne,
    Great video (and great comment too!).

    I’ve listened to something you might like:


    The text, talking about Belém’s musical scene, is in portuguese, but there is a box in which a song can be downloaded (Eletro Melody – Maderito & Joe – Passageiros da Nave). They say it’s “the newest” trend, eletro melody. It would be a sort of crossing of tecnobrega with raggamuffin and electro. The article is really good, talks about the constant wish for new rhythms that paraenses (those who come from Pará state) have , and that creates dozens of sub-rhythms and global-local electronic hybrids that are sold in this huge informal market.

  • 5. wayneandwax  |  February 13th, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    Thanks for the tip, André. Interesting article. I’ve long admired Ronaldo’s writings on music, technology, and copyright in Brazil. I really like the “electro melody” track embedded in that article. It sounds like it could fit in right along “niche” / “bassline” / “fidget” house and lots of other high energy dance genres that have embraced these synth sounds. I’d love to hear some more, or hear a mix of the range of technobrega productions. Very curious to know how this fits in / departs.

    It’s awesome to see that Kraftwerk continues to get mad love in Brazil, even outside of the funk scene.

    And that’s a funny little comment he works in there about Diplo “exporting” the stuff. I wonder whether I’ll be complicit if I blog it? Perhaps you’ve already crossed the line, you mediator you, by bringing it to my attention. You don’t have blonde hair, do you? :P

  • 6. André Albert  |  February 13th, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    Fortunately I don’t have blonde hair, it would definitely not match my eyebrows.

    Well, I’ve commented on his text that I didn’t know if Diplo had already listened to that, but that I’d let you know. So I guess that makes me kind of guilty, yes.

    (oh, no! now the purists are going to chase me. you know, they are everywhere.)

    Another thing that I said to Ronaldo is that, before exporting it to the world, they should “export” it to São Paulo – the cities are so distant one from the other and São Paulo tries so hard to be connected to the world (and not, at the same time, to the rest of the country) that these new stuff take some time to get here. And it’s a big opportunity lost, because electro is really fashionable here among the indies.

    Thank god there’s the internet (and there are people like Ronaldo, and you, and, why not?, me, sharing those stuff). I hope that soon a lot of blondes start playing some eletro melody around the world. ;)

  • 7. wayneandwax.com » E&hellip  |  February 26th, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    […] devote a post of its own to an emerging sound in Brazil known as “eletro melody.” After André put me on to it via an article @ overmundo, I made but a passing, linkythinky reference to […]


I'm a techno-musicologist, internet annotator, imagined community organizer.

I left my <3 in the digital global, but I reside in Cambridge, MA, where I'm from.

I represent like that.

wayne at wayneandwax dot com

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