COLORS: How would you describe Baile funk to someone who hasn’t heard it before?
MC Dricka: Baile funks—the name of both the musical genre and the parties where it is played—are places where you can be yourself. You can meet a lot of different types of people at these parties because they are free to attend. They’re places for happiness and for dancing. Dancing is what funk is all about.
COLORS: Can you remember the first time you heard funk or went to a Baile funk party? What was the experience like?
MCD: I was introduced to funk by some school friends. It amazed me. I loved the beat and how it made me want to move. Funk is different to hip-hop. Hip-hop only makes you want to move your head and arms, whereas funk is something you move your whole body to. I never used to like dancing because I’m quite a shy person. This all changed when I started listening to funk.
COLORS: When did you decide to make your own funk music?
MCD: There’s a holiday in Brazil on 12th October called the day of the children. One year during this celebration, I went to an event in my community where a lot of MCs were performing. I thought it was amazing, especially when I realised that most of the singers were around the same age as me. I decided to go backstage to meet them. When we got talking, they invited me to be part of Liga do Funk, an association in Sao Paulo giving free music classes and focusing on artistic development. This was where I learnt how to write music, how to sing, and how to perform on a stage. This was the beginning of the MC Dricka everyone knows today.
COLORS: Funk is often referred to as a male dominated music scene. Were there many female MCs that inspired you when you started out?
MCD: There were a few that were becoming big, like LUDMILLA. There was also Tati Quebra Barraco, MC Carol, and MC Marcelly. These women were my reference.