Chico Science


Chico Science
Chico Science

Chico Science statue at Recife, Brazil.
Background information
Birth name Francisco de Assis França
Born March 13, 1966(1966-03-13)
Olinda, Pernambuco, Brazil
Origin Olinda, Brazil
Died February 2, 1997(1997-02-02) (aged 30)
Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
Genres Manguebeat
Occupations Singer, songwriter
Instruments Voice
Years active 1980–1997
Labels Sony Music
Associated acts Nação Zumbi

Francisco de Assis França (March 13, 1966 - February 2, 1997), better known as Chico Science, was a Brazilian singer and composer and one of the founders of the Mangue Beat cultural movement. He died in a car accident in 1997 in Recife, Pernambuco, at the age of 30.[1]

Biography

Francisco de Assis França was born in the Rio Doce, neighbourhood of Olinda, in the state of Pernambuco in Brazil's Northeast, as a little boy he would sell crabs that he caught himself in the city's mangrove swamps.[2]

He became the lead singer and major creative driving force of the groundbreaking Mangue Bit band called Chico Science & Nação Zumbi (CSNZ). Influenced by such musicians as James Brown, Grandmaster Flash and Kurtis Blow, their music cleverly fused rock, funk, and hip hop with maracatu and other traditional rhythms of Brazil's Northeast. Chico had a powerful stage presence that was compared by some to that of Jimi Hendrix.

Before CSNZ, Chico was a member of the bands Orla Orbe and Loustal (the latter named after the French comic book artist and cartoonist Jacques de Loustal).

Around 1991, Chico Science, along with singer Fred 04 of the band Mundo Livre S/A, founded the Mangue Bit cultural movement in response to dire economic and cultural stagnation in Recife and Olinda. CSNZ made their US debut at New York's Central Park SummerStage in 1995, opening for Gilberto Gil, with whom he collaborated during the encore. While in NY, they also performed additional shows at CBGB's, SOB's and at Bryant Park as part of the JVC Jazz Festival, on a bill with the Ohio Players.

Chico Science & Nação Zumbi toured several times in Europe and brought massive attention to the new generation of Brazilian artists in the 1990s. With only two full albums released during his lifetime 'Da Lama Ao Caos' ('From Mud To Chaos) and 'Afrociberdelia' (as well as a postuhumous double CD of remixes and live recordings "CSNZ'), his influence and vision became the foundation to a whole new generation of musicians in Brazil. Chico's genius was to celebrate the rich and fascinating local culture of his home state of Pernambuco and fused it with all the modern global trends of the 1990s - Computers, Mud, Misery, Cyberspace, Hip Hop and roots music co-existed peacefully in Chico's world.

In 1996, Chico Science contributed Maracatu Atômico along with Nação Zumbi to the AIDS-Benefit Album Red Hot + Rio produced by the Red Hot Organization.

Nação Zumbi have continued to record and tour internationally after Chico's death.

Discography

References

  1. ^ "Chico Science" (in Portuguese). Cliquemusic. http://cliquemusic.uol.com.br/artistas/ver/chico-science. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  2. ^ L, Renato. "Biografia" (in Portuguese). Memorial Chico Science. Prefeitura da Cidade do Recife. http://www.recife.pe.gov.br/chicoscience/. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  3. ^ Snowder, Don. "Da lama ao caos". Allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/album/r273512. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  4. ^ Snowder, Don. "Afrociberdelia". Allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/album/r273511. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  5. ^ Snowder, Don. "CSNZ". Allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/album/r515333. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Chico Science — est un artiste, musicien, chanteur et poète brésilien. Il naît en 13 mars 1966 à Recife, dans le Pernambouc, état du nord est du Brésil, de son vrai nom Francisco de Assis Franca. Dès 1984, il participe au collectif Legiao Hip Hop, groupe de… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Chico Science — Chico Science, eigentlich Francisco de Assis França (* 13. März 1966 in Olinda; † 2. Februar 1997 in Recife) war ein brasilianischer Musiker. Leben Chico Science war mit seiner Band Nação Zumbi einer der Begründer des Mangue Beats, einer Stilart …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Chico Science & Nação Zumbi — (CSNZ) was the former name of the Brazilian rock band led by Chico Science prior to his death on February 2, 1997. The remaining musicians continued on under the name Nação Zumbi.CSNZ released two albums by the time of Chico s death, Da Lama ao… …   Wikipedia

  • Chico — ist der Name folgender Orte in den Vereinigten Staaten: Chico (Alabama) Chico (Kalifornien) Chico (Montana) Chico (New Mexico) Chico (Texas) Chico (Washington) Chico is der Name folgender Flüsse: Chico (Fluss), Fluss auf der philippinischen Insel …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Science (disambiguation) — Science is the effort to understand how the physical universe works, with observable evidence as the basis of that understanding.Science may also refer to:* Chico Science (1966 1997), Brazilian singer and composer * S.C.I.E.N.C.E. , a 1997… …   Wikipedia

  • Chico, California — City of Chico   City   City Plaza in Chico …   Wikipedia

  • Norte Chico civilization — Norte Chico redirects here. For other uses, see Norte Chico (disambiguation). History of Peru This article is part of a series …   Wikipedia

  • California State University, Chico — Motto Ars Probat Artificem (Latin) Motto in English Art is the test of the artisan. [1] Established 1887 …   Wikipedia

  • James Chico Hernandez — (born 14 April 1954 in Chicago, Illinois) is an accomplished athlete in the sport of Sombo wrestling and a five time member of the Team USA National Team.ombo and wrestling activities and achievementsHernandez competed for Reavis High School in… …   Wikipedia

  • List of Universities with Soil Science Curriculum — This is a comprehensive list of universities and learning institutions which maintain soil science curriculum.=North America=USAAlabama* [http://www.aamu.edu/portal/page/portal/School of Agricultural and Environmental Science/Plant and Soil… …   Wikipedia