The Brazilian people are known for their musicality: we are always after some kind of sound, from a simple finger tap using a matchbox, creating a base for a samba composition, to more complex sounds, like the ones interpreted by the violinist Yamandú Costa.
From all the sounds that echo through the Brazilian cities the ones from Recife manage to escape the conventional. Other than the well-known styles like Samba, MPB and Bossa Nova, Recife is famous for a beat mix, with different influences from rhythms that include a lot of folkloric elements, like Caboclinho, Maracatu and Coco mixed with international sounds like Rock, Indie and Hip Hop among many others.
The Manguebeat movement
One really can’t talk about Recife’s influence within the Brazilian music scene without briefly mentioning the Mangueabeat movement (also known as Manguebit or Mangue Beat). Initiated in the early 90’s this movement was idealized by the musicians Chico Science and Fred Zero Quatro. This artistic movement, which was mostly musical, brought about a new era, in which culture was greatly appreciated in the region. Its ideals spread quickly through the entire country.
Consecrated by the counter cultural character of Chico Science, these songs developed a mix of Rock, Electronic, Hip Hop and Maracatu, which criticized the urban chaos and social injustice in Recife.
With a pungent and outstanding sound, Chico Science, together with the band Nação Zumbi, brought a strong mark to the Northeast, and in an important way, propelled Recife into an important position in the Brazilian music scene, influencing bands in the state until today.
From this movement, several bands emerged like Mestre Ambrósio, Mundo Livre S/A and Eddie, the highlight of the current music of the state. Eddie, formed in the end of the 80’s and one of the founders of Manguebeat, creates a multi-faceted and unpretentious sound experience. The band mixes rhythms that are characteristic of our carnival, like Frevo and Samba, with Reggae and Dub.
Fed by a new generation, the band Mombojó appeared in 2001 and released their first album “Nadadenovo” in 2004. Their style is a mix of Reggae, MPB, Samba, Jazz and Indie Rock, with a strong Recife vibe.
This experimental pop, if there is a right way to classify their sound, unlike other bands, doesn’t talk about the city or social problems. Rather it tries to be an uncomplicated and independent sound.
The culture of Pernambuco offers a rich and complex mix of rhythms, and a lot could still be said, not only about Pernambuco, but about other Brazilian sounds in general.
And what about your Preferences for Brazilian Music? Which bands would you recommend?