We the whole lokos da Favela family are doing great. The response to our efforts and music is amazing and the Favela is feeling it and responding to our efforts.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “What’s Wrong”?
For us, it is our gateway to the Rest of the world. It is our way of reaching out to the world and saying yes we are here, look at us, pay attention to us, know about us because we are coming and this is just the beginning. Everything about this song is about educating the world about the Favela, our life our world and Brazil. We have not chosen to do it with music style, but with exposure of our culture through music that people in the west can relate to and by collaborating with artists and stars from the West who see our vision and love the real Brazil.
Did any event, in particular, inspire you to write this song?
Inspiration comes from many places, what Inspired me the most was Tito Jackson and Alex Boye seeing us and working with us. Their hard work and belief has inspired everyone in the Favela of Brazil. Before this, we are all inspired by Doc B and all he has sacrificed and given to work with us and help us get to this place. He has brought the world to us. He brought us Stevie Eagle E and Shlepp Entertainment who have done so much to make us global and tell our story to the world as well as being our record company they have upped our game in so many ways, our media, images, videos, PR social media it goes on and on, Who could not be inspired when you come from nothing and these great people come and hold you up to the world and say shine!
Any plans to release a video for the single?
The video is being put together as we speak. It has been a painstaking process. We thought long and hard about the video and what we would expose to the world with this song. We did not want to do anything fake or pretentious. that is not what we are about. The video is being produced by Stevie Eagle E and Shlepp Entertainment and Stevie was adamant that we show the Brazil people do not often see. The Favela, the people, the life, the love, our life and impact in the Favela so that is the direction we chose to go. At this point, I want to thank all the artists, musicians and people of the Favela and Brazil who helped us make this video. We hope it will shine a little more light on the Lokos Da Favela family and Favela life.
How was the recording and writing process?
Organic, fun and quick. Working with Doc B is always like this. He has a great way of getting the best out of people and raising our standards and game. I guess that’s the German in him, he is a perfectionist and he can be a ‘ball breaker’ now and then but we all know it is because he wants the best.
What role does Brazil play in your writing?
Everything. Brazil is my life, my experience, But more importantly I would ask what role does the Favela play in my writing. There is Brazil and then there are the Favelas of Brazil. We in the Favela are the forgotten ones, the ignored ones, the ones cast aside. We are not shown in tourism brochures, there are no Favela tours taking place in Brazil. So it is my duty to give the world a tour of the Favela, to show the world of the Favela for real, not just what the TV and films expose but the good, the bad and the ugly. For me it is hard, it can be ugly and it can be very bad, but mostly I see the good, I see the people, the music, the life and the love of family here in the Favela, our community and how we all work together for each other. The tag ‘Hip hop Robin hood’ is nice, but more importantly, I want to be the Shakespeare of the Favela.
How your philanthropic heart does gets translated into your music?
To me, they are one in the same thing. You cannot separate your music from your heart and soul if you are a real writer and real artist.
How did you get in touch with Generation Hip Hop and what role has they play in your music??
I cannot claim that. I have to thank the amazing Ambassador Andrew Williams Jr and Stevie Eagle E. Andrew is a long time friend of Stevie Eagle E and he saw what we were doing and introduced Stevie to Terence Barry the head of GHH. They spoke to Ndaba Mandela the grandson of Nelson Mandela and they liked what we are doing and decided to get behind me and the Lokos Da Favela Movement. From there I met with Miwa Kozuma head of GHH in Brazil and she came down with another member to perform in our video What’s wrong. We are not trying to help each other and build together helping the kids of the Favela throughout Brazil.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than on your own?
No I stay true to who I am and what I do.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
We have more great collaborations, more great music, more big stars, and much more to come, this is just the beginning. Our movement, name, and message are going global.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
The release of whats wrong is the 29th of April, once that has hit it wont be long after that we start to drop more things, new things but I cannot tell the title right now.
Any plans to hit the road?
We are always on the road, really doing our rap battles and events, and doing carnival events around Brazil, but our plans are to take our shows all over the world, We are working on this right now and If there are any promoters out there who wish to have something new, something that has the flavor of Brazil, the beautiful women, Great rap music, energy and also big stars then please contact us, we are ready to talk.
What else is happening next in Kaos MC’s world?
Our aim is to make Kaos MC’s world, your world, to take it global and to help the people in the Favela where we came from, to give them pride, help and show them that the world sees their beauty even if some in their own country do not.