The Condo Funk Music of Brazil: A Compilation

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A compilation of the best condo funk music from Brazil. This music is perfect for getting your groove on and dancing the night away.


Condo funk is a subgenre of Brazilian funk characterized by its sexually explicit lyrics and Afro- Brazilian -influenced sound. It emerged in the early 2000s in the city of Rio de Janeiro, and has since spread to other parts of Brazil.

Condo funk songs are often about sex, drug use, and crime, and are often sung in a rapid-fire, slang-laden Portuguese. The music is characterized by heavy use of electronic instruments and samples, as well as rap vocals. Condo funk tracks typically have a danceable, syncopated rhythm and are often remixed or interpolated by DJs.

The genre first gained mainstream attention in Brazil in the early 2010s, when several songs by artists such as MCs Nave and Pabllo Vittar became hits on radio and television. In recent years, condo funk has become increasingly popular among LGBT people and Black Brazilians, who have been drawn to the music’s sexually liberating and unapologetic attitude.

Despite its growing popularity, condo funk has been criticized for its explicit lyrics and for promoting negative stereotypes of Black Brazilians. Nevertheless, the genre continues to be embraced by many as a source of pride and cultural expression.

The Music of Brazil

Brazil is a country that is rich in culture and music. The music of Brazil is a reflection of the country’s diverse culture and history. One of the most popular genres of music in Brazil is funk. Funk is a type of music that is based on a repetitive bass line and is often accompanied by a drum beat.

Bossa Nova

bossa nova, (Portuguese: “new trend”) Brazilian popular music that evolved from samba and ultimately became world-famous in the 1960s. Bossa nova acquired a large following, first in Brazil and later worldwide, by blending Brazilian samba and African rhythms with cool jazz. The style was precipitated by a series of recordings made in 1957–58 featuring guitarist Antonio Carlos Jobim (1927–94), singer João Gilberto, and saxophonist Stan Getz. The recordings were extremely popular, particularly in the United States.


Samba is a Brazilian musical genre and dance style, with its roots in Africa via the West African slave trade and African religious traditions, particularly of Angola and Congo. Samba is recognized around the world as a symbol of Brazil and the Brazilian Carnival. Considered one of the most popular Brazilian cultural expressions, samba has become an icon of Brazilian national identity. Traditionally, the samba is played by strings (cavaquinho and various types of guitar), flutes, trumpets, trombones, drums (including tamborim) and voices.


Afro-Brazilian music is a wide variety of styles that result from the mixing of African and Brazilian cultures. These styles include samba, Afro-Brazilian jazz, bossa nova, funk carioca, and many others. The music is often based on a mix of African percussion instruments and European melody and harmony.

The history of Afro-Brazilian music is closely linked to the history of race in Brazil. African slaves were brought to Brazil beginning in the 16th century, and they brought with them their musical traditions. Throughout the centuries, these traditions have been mixed with those of the Brazilians, resulting in a rich tapestry of musical styles.

One of the most important figures in Afro-Brazilian music is Pixinguinha (1897-1973), a composer, arranger, and bandleader who is considered one of the founders of samba. His work helped merge African and Brazilian influences into a new form of music that would eventually become one of Brazil’s most popular genres. Other important Afro-Brazilian musicians include Hermeto Pascoal, Airto Moreira, Marcus Miller, and Nelson Angelo.


MPB, or Música Popular Brasileira, is a term used to describe the popular music of Brazil. MPB is a fusion of various genres, including samba, bossa nova, and other Brazilian and African styles. The term was first used in the 1960s to describe the work of artists such as Tom Jobim, Gilberto Gil, and Caetano Veloso. MPB has since become one of the most popular genres in Brazil, and has been exported to neighboring countries and beyond.

The Artists

In no particular order, the artists included on this compilation are:

Gilberto Gil

Brazilian singer, guitarist and songwriter Gilberto Gil was born in Salvador de Bahia in 1943. One of the founders of the Tropicália movement, he was exiled to London in 1969 after military dictatorship took over Brazil. He returned to a hero’s welcome in 1972, and has since become one of Brazil’s most respected and successful musicians, with a career that spans five decades. His songs have been recorded by everyone from Caetano Veloso to Beck, and he was appointed Minister of Culture by President Lula da Silva in 2003.

Astrud Gilberto

Astrud Gilberto (born March 30, 1940) is a Brazilian singer of popular and bossa nova music. Gilberto is among the first Brazilian artists to gain international prominence, especially after her performance of “The Girl from Ipanema” during the 1964 New York World’s Fair.

Born in the Ipanema neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro to a middle-class family, Gilberto began her musical career singing in clubs in Rio de Janeiro with her father, João Gilberto (1931–2019), a singer, composer, and guitarist. She rose to fame in 1963 with her rendition of “The Girl from Ipanema”.

Gilberto’s songs have been featured in numerous films and television series, including The Sopranos, Entourage, and The L Word.

João Gilberto

João Gilberto is a Brazilian singer, songwriter, and guitarist who created the musical style of bossa nova. He is considered one of the greatest guitar players of all time and his innovative style has influenced musicians all over the world. Bossa nova means “new trend” in Portuguese and it is a style of music that combines elements of samba and jazz. Gilberto’s father was a violinist who exposed him to music from an early age. He began playing the guitar when he was only 15 years old.

As a young man, Gilberto moved to Rio de Janeiro where he became involved in the city’s vibrant music scene. He began playing with different bands and soon developed a reputation as a talented musician. In 1951, he recorded his first album with singer/songwriter Antonio Carlos Jobim. The album was entitled “Chega de Saudade” and it contained the song “Bim-bom”, which would become one of Gilberto’s signature tunes.

Throughout his career, Gilberto has worked with some of the biggest names in music, including Miles Davis, Stan Getz, and Wynton Marsalis. His relaxed, smooth singing voice and masterful guitar playing have made him one of the most popular Brazilian musicians of all time.

The Albums

This article is a compilation of the best condo funk albums of Brazil. For those unfamiliar with the genre, condo funk is a type of music originating from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. It is a mix of Brazilian funk and electronic music. The music is often characterized by its heavy bass and drum beats.


Getz/Gilberto is a studio album by American saxophonist Stan Getz and Brazilian guitarist João Gilberto, featuring composer and pianist Antônio Carlos Jobim (Tom Jobim), who also wrote many of the tracks. It was released in March 1964 on Verve Records. The album features the vocals of Astrud Gilberto on two tracks, “Girl from Ipanema” and “Corcovado”.

Getz/Gilberto combines the bossa nova style with American jazz which helped to bring both genres to a wider audience. It peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States and won the 1965 Grammy Award for Album of the Year, as well as Best Jazz Instrumental Album – Individual or Group. The instrumental track “Desafinado” became one of Bossa nova’s most famous tunes worldwide.

Astrud Gilberto’s Finest Hour

Astrud Gilberto’s Finest Hour is a compilation album by Brazilian singer Astrud Gilberto, released in 2001. The album features some of Gilberto’s most popular tracks, including “The Girl from Ipanema” and “Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars)”. Featuring a blend of bossa nova, samba, and jazz, the album is a prime example of the “condo funk” sound that emerged in Brazil in the 1960s and 1970s.

The Best of João Gilberto

João Gilberto is a Brazilian singer, songwriter, and guitarist who helped develop the Bossa Nova style of music in the late 1950s. His recordings influence many artists in Brazil and beyond, and he is considered one of the most important figures in Brazilian music history. The Best of João Gilberto is a compilation album of some of his greatest hits, including “Chega de Saudade,” “The Girl from Ipanema,” and “Corcovado.” If you’re a fan of Bossa Nova or Brazilian music in general, this album is a must-have.


In conclusion, condo funk is a musical genre that is popular in Brazil. This type of music is often characterized by its use of synthesizers and other electronic instruments, as well as its catchy rhythms. If you enjoy listening to upbeat, danceable music, then you may want to give condo funk a try.

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