The manguebeat movement is a cultural movement created circa 1991 in the city of Recife in Northeast Brazil as a response to the city's cultural and economical stagnation.
The original movement named itself mangue bit, "mangue" for Recife's mangroves and "bit" to the computer bit central to the movement's electronic music influences. Since then, mangue bit has been more commonly called manguebeat.
The stylistic origins of the music are in maracatu, punk rock, hip hop, samba, Brazilian folk music, and psychedelic rock. The first wave appeared in the 1990s. Mombojó is part of the second wave of the manguebeat movement. They were featured in MTV's coverage (Sintonizando Recife) of manguebeat along with fellow bands China and Maquinado.
excerpt from review by Kees Schoof of MúsicaBrasileira.org:
In the 1960's and the 1970's it was quite normal to "discover" new groups with very young musicians. They were inventive, talented and a joy to listen to. Next the music world was dominated by disco and other dance music. The punk revolution tried to break that, but until now many young musicians seem to focus on an obvious road to success: play what teenagers want to hear, follow the trend lines, don't worry too much about musical talent.
But of course there is more, it's only hard to find. So now and then the matured music lover is pleasantly surprised by a bunch of youngsters. Like the band from Recife, Pernambuco, called Mombojó. Formed by seven obstinate youngster, ranging in age between 17 and 21 years old, they perform music that is hard to define. It's a bit of everything: a bit of samba, a bit of bossa, a bit of pop, rock, jazz, rock 'n roll, punk, mangue beat, reggae... But above all: it's clever. The band does its own thing, something that is definitely appreciated by the music critics, who rave about the quality of the presented music.
The band's sound is not seldom compared to a mix of Mundo Livre S/A and Los Hermanos. Lúcio Maia (Nação Zumbi) acknowledges the quality of the band in an interview, admiring their own sound. This year the band released its first cd independently, Nadadenovo (Nothing new). A well chosen title, because when hearing this cd, one will probably say: everything sounds new here. But the musical influences refer to tradition. Singer Felipe S, 21 years old, states that his main influence is Tom Jobim. In the music you'll also hear the spiritual presence of icons like Hermeto Pascoal and Chico Science.
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