A pioneer of Brazilian hip-hop and breakdancing presents the sound of the cultural movement’s most formative era.
Nelson Triunfo is a Brazilian breakdancer and cultural activist who is considered one of the forefathers of hip-hop culture in the country. Born in western Brazil, he moved to São Paulo in 1977 in pursuit of a career in dance. That year he made friends with Tony Tornado, recorded a song with Miguel de Deus on the album “Black Soul Brothers” (one of the original Brazilian funk recordings) and formed a dance team called Funk & Cia. In the mid-’80s, his dance crew turned the São Bento subway station into a temple of emerging of hip-hop culture in São Paulo, and he became a force in Brazil’s street culture.