Brazilian indigenous rap group's rhymes of resistance

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Bro MC's are recognised as the first indigenous rap group in Brazil, a country whose 900 000 native inhabitants have endured a long history of mistreatment and violence. (Photo: Carl de Souza/AFP)
Bro MC's are recognised as the first indigenous rap group in Brazil, a country whose 900 000 native inhabitants have endured a long history of mistreatment and violence. (Photo: Carl de Souza/AFP)

Mixing feather headdresses and face paint with trendy jeans and kicks, rappers Bro MC's blend their traditional culture with hip-hop style to draw attention to the harsh reality of life for indigenous Brazilians.

Formed in 2009 by two sets of brothers - Clemerson Batista and Bruno Veron, and Kelvin and Charles Peixoto - Bro MC's are recognised as the first indigenous rap group in Brazil, a country whose 900 000 native inhabitants have endured a long history of mistreatment and violence stretching into the present day.

"The earth is red with the blood of warriors massacred for taking a stand, killed by big-shot ranchers and hired guns for defending their land," they rap on one well-known track, "Terra Vermelha" (Red Earth).

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