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Nação Zumbi marks 2024 with three decades of musical resistance. Formerly led by Chico Science, the band are pioneers of Manguebeat, a unique style of hip-hop originating from Recife Brazil.
At the core of Manguebeat, merging Northeastern rhythms with electronica and social critique, the band steps forward after the passing of Chico Science, carrying on with lyrics that spotlight inequalities and champion cultural diversity.
Their impact goes beyond Brazil, introducing Manguebeat to global stages. Today, they’re more than a band: they’re the poetic voice of protest, a beacon of innovation, and a standard-bearer for social battles.
Originating from the banks of the Capibaribe River in Recife, Nação Zumbi have been hailed as one of the most important groups to come out of the Manguebeat movement in the 1990s. They experiment with rock, punk, funk, hip hop, soul, Pernambuco’s regional rhythms and Brazilian traditional music.