Funkeiros can be a mysterious lot if you don't live in Brazil. But sometimes you can get a feel for their personalities. Two funk artists that are killing it for me at the moment are....
MC Sabrina has got a great flow and a stage presence to match. She stalks that stage like a panther but seems like a good laugh. Shes done quite a few tunes with MC Frank but her solo stuff is what I'm feeling. And shes got a good ear for a hook. Her singing is sort of out of key sometimes but it works really well in a funk kind of way. Some of her stuff is a little on the pop tip for my tastes but she seems to be doing great things for Baile funk in Brazil. This is her live at a massive rave called Twister in Rio last year.
MC Sabrina - Bonde Passando live at Twister (Zshare)
DJ Sandrinho, on the other hand, is like the Dark Lord of the funk scene. His DJ sets are pretty much piledriving all the way. Less vocals, more samples and sheer crazed jackin' funk beats played along with an MPC. He played a storming set at Rio Rocks last year. I read he was one of DJ Marlboro's prodigal funk sons and he has taken the funk sound harder down the electro rave path. He's kind of like the Grooverider of Rio. He has just released an EP out on MAN recordings featuring his own cuts of Tamborzão style funk. Well worth buying here or itunes.
DJ Sandrinho funk radio mix (Zshare)
Read more on DJ Rideon's Riobailefunk blog.