It’s fair to say that 12-year-old MC Soffia will steal the show tonight, Aug. 5, during the Rio Olympics opening ceremony, though of course you’ll have to tune in and see for yourself. Here’s everything you need to know about the São Paulo musician who’s performing later today!
MC Soffia is a massively talented rapper who uses her music to discuss issues with an understanding far beyond her twelve years. Read on to learn all about the kid who will be taking the 2016 Rio Olympics by storm tonight!
1. MC Soffia empowers African-Brazilian women through her music.
Throughout her six-year career, Soffia has rapped about Brazil’s racial division and history of slavery. With songs like “Africa”, she honors famous black Brazilian women like Chica de Silva and Carolina Maria De Jesus. Check out her track “Menina Pretinha” below:
2. Since she was little, Soffia has used music as a response to her country’s “casual racism”, including her own personal experiences with discrimination.
The young rapper revealed in an interview that she was bullied in kindergarten by other students. “I used to be teased by everybody,” she said. “So one day I told my mom I wanted to be white.” In response, her mother — who was understandably furious — took Soffia to hip-hop concerts so she could become familiar with her roots and be proud of her heritage. Now, Soffia uses her lyrics to reflect that pride.
3. Soffia has amazing personal style and loves showing it off on social media.
Recently, Soffia posted a series of pics of herself rocking bright pink braids and matching pink eyebrows — so cool! You can check out her Instagram account, which has over 27,000 followers, right here. The rapper has done tons of edgy photoshoots and enjoys sharing pics with fans.
4. Though she’s already on her way to becoming a successful rapper, Soffia has multiple career aspirations!
Prior to her Olympic performance, Soffia spoke to Daily Mail about what she wants to be when she’s older. “I want to be a lot of things when I grow up: a football player, a basketball player, a doctor, a cardiologist, an Olympic swimmer, a dancer, a model, an actress and a singer,” she told the site. Love it!
5. Soffia hopes her performance will bring awareness to a law in Brazil that promotes African culture within the country’s education.
A law was passed in 2003 that requires Brazilian schools to teach African culture as part of the curriculum, but “hardly any schools obey it”, as Soffia points out. She wants her appearance to bring attention to the law, which ideally will eventually help “bring racism in Brazil to an end”. How amazing is this kid?
HollywoodLifers, are you pumped for MC Soffia’s performance tonight? Tell us which part of the opening ceremony you’re most looking forward to!