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Crabs With Brains: The Mangue Revolution and New Sounds of Recife


In the early 1990s, mangueboys and manguegirls stimulated fertility in the veins of Recife, Brazil. They were interested in hip-hop, the collapse of modernity, chaos and marine predator attacks (mainly sharks). Armed with boundless creativity, they turned one of the world’s most poverty-stricken cities into one of Brazil’s greatest centers of culture. Mangue artists mixed hip-hop, Jamaican raggamuffin and punk rock with traditions from Brazil’s northeast like maracatu and embolada. In this program, we explore the legacy of the mangue bit movement and its biggest star, Chico Science of Nação Zumbi. We also take a look at a new generation of adventurous musicians in Recife. Join us as we connect the good vibrations of the mangue with the world network of pop! Produced by Jesse Brent.

Mangue Bit Primer


On The Scene Today in Recife


Tagore: Psychedelic Pernambuco


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  • mesagoat

    can’t catch band name from Georges @’55:07… please help! FUNKY! wanna’ see the video mentioned. stay antennaed!