The music of Brazil's favelas

June 11, 2014

(AP Photo/Nicolas Tanner)
A boy jumps in the air and grabs his foot while practicing a step from a dance form called "passinho," or "little step," at a makeshift dance studio in the Borel favela, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Passinho is a mix of sambaesque footwork, breakdance handstands, free spins and athletic acrobatics, all set to a music heavy on funk hooks laid over snare beats.

The 2014 World Cup begins in Brazil tomorrow. There's an official World Cup song, but it doesn't necessarily include any of the homegrown sounds coming out of Rio's favelas.  We'll explore the roots of favela funk with Morning Shift and Radio M host Tony Sarabia.