Nacao Zumbi, Futura

Peter Margasak

By Peter Margasak

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
The pioneers of mangue beat soldier on without their leader.

Under the leadership of the charismatic and visionary Chico Science — who was killed in a car accident in 1997, at the height of his popularity — Nacao Zumbi almost single-handedly developed the genre known as mangue beat, which matched the fierce, almost tribal maracatu rhythm on Pernambuco with tough rock guitars and hip-hop vocabulary. The band has soldiered on since his death, and while vocalist Jorge Du Peixe lacks the personality of Science — his chanted vocals are more about adding another rhythmic element that delivering melody — the band still kicks up an impressive ruckus. Chunky, highly propulsive electric guitar riffs form dazzling puzzle-piece rhythms, adding a substantial heft to the pummeling drums. Amid all the motion comes deftly placed texture — a berimbau pattern here, an electronic squiggle there — helping to put the emphasis on pure sound and groove.