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In Brazil Favela, Rap Battle Is Sign of Returning Normality

Rap artist Kunk, center, listens to a competitor at the Gas Battle rapping competition outside a bar in the City of God favela of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, late Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. Rap artists in the favela are starting to compete again since the COVID-19 pandemic curtailed public gatherings, presenting local residents with a show in a sign of a return to normalcy for music lovers. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Rap artist Kunk, center, listens to a competitor at the Gas Battle rapping competition outside a bar in the City of God favela of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, late Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. Rap artists in the favela are starting to compete again since the COVID-19 pandemic curtailed public gatherings, presenting local residents with a show in a sign of a return to normalcy for music lovers. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Rio De Janeiro (AP) -- This kind of battle was good news for the impoverished, sometimes violent Cidade de Deus favela in Rio de Janeiro: a rap duel in a local bar held for the first time since the pandemic hit early last year.

Ten local rappers took turns at the microphones as an audience of several dozen cheered and waved their arms to the beat Wednesday night.