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Manguebeat[1] is a musical and cultural movement that originated in the state of Pernambuco, Brazil in 1991, and uses colours found in maracatu performances, which tend to have psychedelic patterns. Imagery such as mangroves are also prominent. The Manguebeat movement is known for being critical in nature. Pioneers of the movement include Chico Science (from the band Chico Science & Nação Zumbi) Fred04 (from the band Mundo Livre S/A), Mestre Ambrósio, the band Sheik Tosado, the band Comadre Fulozinha and the band Via Sat.

The main symbol associated with the movement is a crab. People who participate in Manguebeat are known as Manguegirls and/or Mangueboys.


It was a reaction to the lack of opportunities for young local artists and musicians, as well as an expression of the unique cultural identity of the region. The movement blends elements of traditional Northeastern music, such as maracatu, coco, ciranda, and embolada, with influences from rock, hip-hop, funk, and electronic music.

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February 2, 1997: Chico Science dies at age 30 in a car accident in Pernanbuco, Brazil

The term "Manguebeat" refers to the mangrove region, a coastal ecosystem area in Recife, symbolizing the connection between urban culture and Northeastern cultural traditions. The Manguebeat movement also had a strong political and social dimension, aiming to address issues such as social inequality, marginalization, and environmental preservation.

The album "Da Lama ao Caos," released by the band Chico Science & Nação Zumbi in 1994, is often considered a milestone of Manguebeat. The album features an innovative blend of rhythms and lyrics addressing social and cultural issues in the region.

Unfortunately, the rise of Manguebeat was interrupted in 1997 with the premature death of Chico Science in a car accident. Nevertheless, the movement left a lasting legacy, influencing subsequent generations of musicians and artists in Pernambuco and throughout Brazil.


The Manguebeat movement was not only about music but also embraced various forms of artistic expression. Visuals often included vibrant and eclectic imagery that reflected the cultural diversity and energy of the movement.

  • Colorful and dynamic designs that captured the fusion of traditional and contemporary elements.
  • Use of traditional costumes, expressive dance, and visual projections
  • Graffiti and murals in urban spaces often featured Manguebeat themes and symbols
  • Style that combined traditional and modern clothing elements.


The clothes of Chico Science and similar people were heavily used as a form of criticism in the Manguebeat movement. Rules in regards to fashion is to dress with what you have, with the main characteristic being to value your local cultures. Fashion typically includes the following: [2]

  • Thrifting
  • Animal prints
  • Straw hats
  • cheap clothes


Chico Science


  • Chico Science & Nação Zumbi
  • Mundo Livre S/A
  • Sheik Tosado
  • Mestre Ambrósio
  • DJ Dolores
  • Comadre Fulozinha
  • Jorge Cabeleira e o Dia em que Seremos Todos Inúteis
  • Eddie
  • Via Sat
  • Querosene Jacaré
  • Cascabulho
  • Faces do Subúrbio
  • Dr. Charada
  • Devotos
  • Orla Orbe
  • Bonsucesso Samba Clube
  • Mombojó
  • Instituto
  • Otto
  • Karina Buhr
  • Makamo
  • Banda Bonina
  • Deusa Astral Suprema
  • Orquestra Contemporânea de Olinda
  • Academia de Berlinda
  • Living in the Shit
  • Dasbandas da Parahyba
  • Dona Margarida Pereira & Os Fulanos