Arts, Travel

Rising: Pearls Negras

Alice, Mariana and Jennifer hail from the Vidigal favela in Rio de Janeiro. Despite still being in their teens, Pearls Negras are already well established in Brazil's growing female rap scene, having emerged from the Nós do Morro theatre company and school. Lyrically the trio cover everything from Brazil's well documented social problems to love, "cute boys" and "envy girls", and their words can be as weighty as their bass-heavy beats or as lighthearted and fun as a paddle in the surf of the Copacobana. Crane caught up with the girls on a recent trip to Europe and followed them as the rapped their way around London's streets.

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