DJ school provides a career path for Favela Rocinha youths
Music is the heartbeat of Rio de Janeiro, and can often be found in unlikely places.
Located in the favela of Rocinha, one of the poorest areas of Rio, is the Rocinha Media School, a small but growing DJ school dedicated to taking youths off the streets and teaching them a marketable skill.
The school is less than a year old. It is run by Renato da Silva, better known as DJ Zezinho, who has already begun to change the lives of some Rocinha residents.
Zezinho makes a lot of sacrifices to have the school, including moving his bed into the kitchen so he can host classes in what used to be his bedroom.
He hopes that the school can continue to grow and eventually move into it’s own business space.
Zezinho finances the school mainly through donations and a favela tourism business, in which he guides tourists and visitors on a walking tour through Rocinha. Zezinho's efforts to change people's perceptions of favelas don't stop there. He is an active blogger. He uses the online platform to educate people on what living in a favela is really like, contrary to what they may hear through the local media.
About the Contributors
2012 Graduate / Visual Journalism
Kelley is a Penn State graduate with a major in visual journalism and a minor in sociology. She has interned as a multimedia reporter at two.one.five magazine in Philadelphia, as a lifestyle writer at the Lansdale Reporter, and worked three years on the staff of The Daily Collegian student newspaper, where she was Photo/Multimedia Chief.
In 2012 she traveled to Rio de Janeiro to do field work for Comm 402, International Reporting.