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Riot Grrrl: Brazil

One of 8 regional playlists focusing on the music of Riot Grrrl around the world, curated by artists, musicians, and publishers who were part of the original movement. Created for Alien She, the first exhibition to examine the legacy of Riot Grrrl: http://ybca.org/alien-she

Riot Grrrl: Brazil
Curator: Elisa Gargiulo
Formerly: Band member, Dominatrix, Cosmogonia, Catalina, Fantasmina
Currently: Member, CARMEM feminist art collective; Band member, Visiona; Lesbian feminist activist and documentarian

“The most famous Riot Grrrl band in Latin America, Dominatrix released three records and toured the U.S. and Europe. Close Enough To Jump, a subjective look at the challenges around the articulation of feminist youth movements like Riot Grrrl, was written as a response to macho, misogynistic backlash against Riot Grrrl in the Brazilian hardcore scene.”

Tracklist:

1. Bulimia, “Punk Rock Não é Só Pro Seu Namorado (Punk Rock is Not Only For Your Boyfriend)” (Prótons Records, 1998)
From Brasília, the capital of Brazil, Bulimia is a classic Riot Grrrl band from the ‘90s. Its members are still playing music in different bands with feminist and DIY attitudes.

2. Dominatrix, “Knowledge” (Dykon Records, 2004)
Still active and playing, the most famous Riot Grrrl band in Latin America, Dominatrix (from São Paulo), released 3 records and toured the U.S. and Europe. “Knowledge” is about the painful process of understanding how the forces of patriarchy work upon us.

3. Ligera, “Fofoca (Gossip)” (Discos e Afins, 2013)
Ligera is a DIY electronic Riot Grrrl “one girl band” from the city of São Paulo that started in 2013.

* 4. TPM, “hipocrisia” (Läjä Records, 1998)
TPM means “PMS” in Portuguese, but it can also mean “Trabalhar Para Morrer (Work to Die).” With this firm political stance against the status quo and
the economic system in Brazil, this late ‘90s Riot Grrrl band is a classic.

* 5. Catalina, “No Way Out” (Clorine Records, 1998)
Catalina had a short life but included members from TPM, the classic indie band No Class, and Dominatrix.

* 6. Elevador, “Until Down” (Clorine Records, 1998)
Elevador was a band from São Paulo that experimented with noise and sarcastic lyrics.

* 7. Same, “Easy” (Clorine Records, 1998)
From the city of Americana in the state of São Paulo, Same mixed loud punk rock with a political but fun attitude.

8. Kólica (Cramps), “90 60 90” (Clorine Records, 1998)
Campinas is one hour away from the big São Paulo city, and Kólica rocked that quiet city with punk rock feminist anthems that were famous all over the country.

* 9. Egzekucija (Execution), “Sociedade Hipócrita (Hypocritical Society)” (Clorine Records, 1998)
In the ‘90s we got in touch with three girls from the city of Sao Roque that formed the band Egzekucija (Serbo-Croatian word for “execution”). They were 14 years old and played a mix of crust and Riot Grrrl music.

10. Kaos Klitoriano (Clitoris Chaos), “Kaos Klitoriano” (Faça Discos, 2000)
The capital of Brazil was also the home for another classic Riot Grrrl power trio: Kaos Klitoriano.

11. Dominatrix, “Patriarchal Laws” (Teenager in a Box, 1997)
The anthem of the Brazilian Riot Grrrl movement, “Patriarchal Laws” starts with a girl choir screaming, “Three things you should learn: riot grrrl will never die, every girl is a riot grrrl, stop boys’ violence.”

12. Dominatrix, “Close Enough To Jump” (Teenager in a Box, 1997)
A subjective look at the challenges around the articulation of feminist youth movements like Riot Grrrl, “Close Enough To Jump” was written as a response to macho, misogynistic backlash against Riot Grrrl in the Brazilian hardcore scene. It also contains a confession: “This scene thing I just don’t believe, all we want is girl unity.”

(* recording not presently available on YouTube — if you find it, let us know at comments@ybca.org)

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Alien She Playlists:

American South: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQDhk5q2sSEbDOWCDj...

Belgium + the Netherlands: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQDhk5q2sSEZ3nAOge...

Brazil: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQDhk5q2sSEZ5JMy8V...

California: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQDhk5q2sSEaZbk6fr...

Canada: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQDhk5q2sSEb5ZvvfX...

D.C. + Olympia: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQDhk5q2sSEZanFXXO...

England: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQDhk5q2sSEYmalQrY...

Pacific Northwest: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQDhk5q2sSEa0z8sTh...
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