"Fight for the freedom of being whoever you want."
That’s the motto of Carolina de Oliveira Lourenço - known in Brazil as MC Carol.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, she’s a singer and songwriter who put Brazilian funk under the spotlight using her lyrics to talk about social issues such as feminism. A true voice from our time.
Now she arrives in NYC and brings her music to the city that never sleeps in partnership with Melissa - in an event that is the perfect blend between our Brazilian roots and the New York swag.
Come and see our chat with her.
Both your personal story and your career inspire a lot of people in Brazil. How has it been the experience of making a show in NYC and be aware that your work is known outside your own country?
This is insane for me because I grew up in Preventório - a community in Rio de Janeiro, and never thought I would go that far singing. It's already the second time I've been to NY because of my music and it's wonderful ... to know that I'm reaching people who are so far away from me.
What’s the most incredible thing about Brazil that the rest of the world should hear about?
For sure, funk and favelas. The TV only shows the bad part of the community, but the favela is the place of many lively, talented, cheerful and hardworking people. But it seems that for outsiders, when you talk about Brazil you only have soccer, carnival, naked women and violence.
You consider yourself a feminist and many of your lyrics talk about women empowerment. What do you still want to say to girls who listen to you?
Be independent, always. Fight for the freedom of beeing whoever you want. Do not give satisfaction to anyone. And if you choose to be married or have children, do it because you want to and not because you think it’s your only way.
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