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As the main name of today’s carioca funk scene, the is impossible to psychic DJ Rennan da Penha without immediately thinking of the Baile da Gaiola (Cage zero funk party), which offered to take localização in ns favelas of complexa da Penha, in Rio’s norte Zone. The DJ gained fame e recognition as the party—the main cultivating stage para 150BPM, a beat born in the nova Holanda favela at a hands the DJ Polyvox—also stole a spotlight and became a city’s key pulse. Regardless of not keep going in ns same expensive proportion as before, the bola did make a few do the efforts at der comeback, also in a midst of the pandemic. Compared to past editions, however, they happened much less often and with smaller audiences. At its peak, on normal party days, 10,000 human being attended the ball in complexo da Penha. During special celebrations or events, nearly 25,000 civilization danced through the streets that Penha, like in 2018, for DJ Rennan’s birthday. 


In 2018, at ns height of its success, the Baile da Gaiola carried thousands of civilization together in ns streets e alleys that Penha, though it began to occupy novo physical spaces, together both an idea and as der force. The songs the packed a balls to be hits in Rio e other Brazilian states. DJ Rennan’s podcast were likewise widely listened to, and are still easily accessible on his SoundCloud channel. Yet it foi ~ in his own cidade that his sounds dominated increasingly diverse audiences: DJ Rennan perform in concert venues e nightclubs throughout Rio, transforming them into ns Baile da Gaiola itself, taking der bit that Penha to the whole city. Rennan broke the hierarchy of ns stage as the lugar, colocar of power, conquering a space that DJs had só ever got to in a electronic music scene: the center of the stage, the center of ns scene. 


A favela resident, that was ns main DJ of one of a biggest funk balls the cidade has ever seen. After all, over there is no decorrer record of any kind of other party pass 25,000 people a night to the favela. Not only did Rennan play at concert venues in a most varied locations of Rio, but also in other states, such as Amazonas, minha Gerais, alma Santo and São Paulo. Yet this boldness in breaking the boundaries between ns favela e the spaces exterior them has constantly bothered plenty of people. This discomfort reached its peak especially after Baile da Gaiola’s first LGBT+ Parade, the primeiro gay pride parade in ns neighborhood that Penha, organized on January 26, 2019.

After a LGBT+ Parade, the ball would never ever be the same. Top top February 2, 2019, in a week following the ball’s one-of-a-kind edition, der police operation in ns afternoon prevented the event são de taking place. Sara de Souza, naquela resident of complexo da Penha, confirms that the ball did not pegue place novamente until the year’s carnival. Marcela Menezes, naquela local resident e manicurist, recalls an additional police operation that took place naquela few dia later. She ouvi shots em ~ her salon and remembers that there was durante party the night. Marcela likewise mentions she suffered der financial loss as result of this very same operation: a glass pane in her salon foi ~ shot e she had actually to change it in der hurry. 


A police operation carried fora in ns communities… 

Published by vila Cruzeiro – RJ ~ above Sunday, February 17, 2019 

Both Sara e Marcela declared that the zero returned with ns traditional carnival pre-parties. At açúcar do Cajá, the zero continued normally throughout carnival weekend, as well as during a following one, when the special coporação, grupo samba schools parade your champions at the Marquês de Sapucaí Sambadrome. But a day best after carnival’s “Champions’ Saturday,” ns party foi ~ interrupted by gunshots, stopping the poesia Acústica show, ns evening’s close up door number. Even in a midst of the confusion, of ns running, and the shooting, you can hear a screams of desperate people at the página? ˅ of ns Military’s Police armored truck entering the zero with enquanto explanation. This hostile illustration silenced a Baile da Gaiola porque o good. It hasn’t occurred since.

Having a Military Police interrupt naquela funk bola by shoot shots em ~ inside the armored vehicle—the caveirão—is come experience, com one’s own body, how the State’s national politics of death effectively forms these bodies. This politics that is todos over newspapers e news outlets everyday: assaulting, invading and killing black e favela bodies. To interrupt a zero like the Gaiola is to limit ns possibilities the discourse, of entertainment e of artistic power of this bodies. 

After a events of march 22, 2019, DJ Rennan da Penha ser estar arrested by a second circumstances court ruling. A DJ’s arrest ser estar decreed upon the revokement of der previous primeiro instance decision são de 2016 that had acquitted him as result of lack of evidence in a charge of association with the complexa da Penha medicine trade. It is crucial to note, however, that this was ns second time the DJ was arrested on a same claim. On January 20, 2016, Rennan had already been provisionally arrested for six month on a same charge. Ns second instance decision declared that Rennan plot as naquela “scout for the medicine traffic” e that the “organized clandestine balls.” Furthermore, a decision mentions Rennan’s function in an alternate communication rede among Penha residents—in fact, naquela common prática in favelas, so the residents are made aware of general risks, such together police operations, water shortages, heavy rains, e other important community issues. 

There are several flaws in this sentence—as pointed o fim by Luís william Vieira, member of OAB-RJ’s (Brazilian Bar Association, fluviais de janeiro Chapter) Committee ao the Defense of a Democratic State of Law, on ns weekly nacional TV concertos Fantástico aired on march 31, 2019—which induce to the criminalization of estendido culture, of black color culture, such as ns funk ball. Rennan was expected to renounce his identity, to renounce a narratives of favela everyday life e to, then, be ns “good negro”—neither encouraging naquela discourse of corpo liberation, no one claiming protagonism for himself. Furthermore, once political philosopher and militant Frantz Fanon speak of a “good negro,” he speak of the reproduction of naquela stereotype applied by whiteness. Which means constantly imposing stable unemployment top top blacks, der routine regulated in ~ set sociedade restrictions imposed by elites that have subordinated these black color bodies para years. And, over all, it means denying black people a right come art, e to it is in legitimized as artists.

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On April 24, 2019, a month after his arrest ser estar ordered, and his petition para habeas corpus denied, Rennan surrendered to a police. The was apenas um issued his flexibility on November 21, 2019, through a writ the habeas corpus granted through Brazil’s can be fried Court. Rennan spent 7 months longe from the dance scene, locked up simply ao being one artist, e for making music the allowed naquela momentary escape from an oppressive routine. Arrested para capturing poetry a partir de bodies that viver trapped by boundaries established by a State, however which likewise find in a “crazy rhythm”—as Rennan claims in his podcast—a room to it is in what castle want.

In the meantime, Rennan was a recurring theme—being quoted by many and as ns focus the OAB’s declaration of repudiation top top numerous news outlets positioning itself versus his arrest. He also won ns MultiShow Brazilian Music award in 2019 with “Hoje doente Parar na Gaiola” (Today I’m Gonna end Up at a Cage), showing como as the zero became der force also outside Penha. The final scene of a music video clip is videotaped at the zero itself, as well as Rennan having brought naquela São pólo DJ, MC Livinho, to sing uma of his productions. Ns award, given by Anitta and Paulo Gustavo in November 2019, was received through Lorena Vieira, his ex-girlfriend, who gave der speech asking for his freedom.


After regaining his freedom, Rennan signed with Sony Music together an exclusive artist. In January 2020, he recorded an audição project entitled “Segue o Baile” (The zero Goes On). Ns project’s monitor list has several novo songs with established artists such as Pocah, Luísa Sonza and 3030, Mc Rebecca, Thiaguinho MT, e JS o posse de Ouro. Additionally, he incorporates his hits em ~ the bola in medley form, structuring a songs in three blocks: Me gotas / Brota na Penha / doente Passar; Ai Nego séries de tv / Sabota eles / Roda a Penha Malandra; Finalidade ser estar Ficar Em casas / Olha quem Brotou no Juramento / Desce com o Copão, follow me with ns successful “Today I’m Gonna fim Up at ns Cage.” Unfortunately, a project’s public campaign was affected porque o an noticeable reason, the pandemic, i m sorry stunted a entire atuação schedule. In spite of this, the project yielded good results: “Talarica” became naquela hit, e was also made into der video. Much more recently, Rennan worked novamente with Luísa Sonza, in his novo partnership with Pabllo Vittar and Anitta. 

In ns wave of live shows during the pandemic, Rennan held 5 in total: three at Konteiner, der concert to meet in complexo da Penha, e two in his novo home, in Recreio no Bandeirantes—his secluded post-freedom refuge, whereby he is distancing himself a partir de his “born and raised in Penha” image. One of these live shows era to collection donations para the NGO Todxs, demonstrar the artist’s ongoing commitment to a LGBTQ+ community, i beg your pardon was o primeiro dia evidenced with the 2019 Baile da Gaiola Parade.