Global Notes: Brazilian Group Fights Violence with Music in Rio’s Favelas

March 24, 2010

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Drug violence in Brazil's favelas reached a tipping point in 1993. After a drug gang in Rio killed four police officers, 30 military policemen stormed into a favela, killing 21 civilians. The event sparked the formation of the organization AfroReggae founded by Rio party promoter Jose Junior. The group bills itself as both a social movement and a music group.