Mundo Livre S/A

Mundo Livre S/A


Brazilian rock crossing over samba and bossa nova, with atitude and political lyrics. Creators of Mangue Beat movement back in the 90´s, in Northeast Brazil. The latest cd is a compilation called "Combat Samba", a reference to The Clash, great influence of the band.



The history of Mundo Livre S. A. starts in the beginning of the 60s, in Jaboatão dos Guararapes. It was in this neighboring city of Recife that Fred Rodrigues Montenegro, nowadays known as “Zero Quatro” was born. His biography from pre-music times is like any medium class child’s of the time, i.e., he played soccer, had a lot of brothers and sisters, and sang the National Anthem in the school yard, in his case, the Military School, whose marches he still uses to sing at his intoxication nights.

From childhood and adolescence in Jaboatão, there came one of his future passions: in the living room phonograph, Jorge Ben already made the Mundo Livre leader madly in love with his alchemy of samba, rhythm and blues, ‘baião’ and whatever there was. It was also in Jaboatão (more specifically in the district of Candeias), still a teenager that he found out the power of stages. Memory shows our hero, together with friends at a barbecue, watching an awful band show when, all of a sudden, he was invited to play, for the first time, a real guitar. Magic! From then on, having a band started to become an obsession...

His first real group was the "Trapaça". We are in the beginning of the 80s, time of the Brazilian punk blast. The influence of bands from the ABC paulista, such as "Cólera", "Olho Seco" and "Inocentes", provoked the precocious end of Trapaça and the appearance of his second band, the "Serviço Sujo". Screaming all paranoia in lyrics inspired in George Orwell’s 1984, Fred modeled needles, cothurnus, an old and beaten 007 briefcase and black shirts with slogans of the type, “Down with Poetry” ("Abaixo a Poesia”). He also showed, a new code name: there appeared the “Rat” (“Rato”), a subject and sound much ahead of a fascinated Recife (a minority) and indifferent or frankly hostile (the vast herd).

The boredom of the 80s let the anger of punk get ripened, transforming itself into a calculated cynicism, and, thus, "Serviço Sujo" gave place to “Mundo Livre S. A.”, a name of clear Malcolm Mclarean’s inspiration, destined to ridicule the revisited cold war of Reagan’s presidency and the gearing of the record industry. The "rat" of the origins of punk changed, then, into "Zero Quatro", a disguise inspired in the two last numbers of his identity card.

At first, nothing worked very well for Mundo Livre. The equipment did not help, the public did not understand, the shows usually ended in a chaotic way. Recife looked like it was lost in the Pop music map. Together with two of his five brothers, Fábio Goró, the bass player, and Tony Maresia, the drummer, the band leader was increasingly convinced that he had set the right band in the wrong place.

It was only in the beginning of the 90s that the bad luck started to change: Zero met, through common friends, Chico Science, Jorge Dü Peixe and many other future Nação Zumbi. In the relationship with these fellows, he helped build the most important musical movement of Brazil in long and long years. The Mangue fixed a parabolic in the mud and transformed Recife in another city, the “manguetown”.

From then, history accelerated itself and became more public. Zero wrote the first manifest of the movement and, with Mundo Livre, ripened his peculiar mixture of samba and punk-rock, resumed in the equation "Jorge Ben and Johnny Rotten in the same groove". In 94 it was launched the band première record, the classical "Samba Esquema Noise", considered by most of the critics the “record of the year” and “record of the 90’s generation”. Afterwards, it was the time of "Guentando a Ôia" (96) and "Carnaval na Obra" (98), also successes of criticism and public, despite the absurdly precarious distribution, which is being reflected on sales non-compatible with the group popularity.

In 97, Zero co-wrote the second Mangue manifest, “Quanto Vale uma Vida?” launched right after the car accident that killed Chico Science. The buddy companion’s death did not subdue Mundo Livre’s spirit, which continued presenting itself in the main Brazilian stages. Festivals and shows in New York, Paris, Lisbon and Mexico City were responsible to spread the sounding communications of sub-commander Zero Quatro and the ones leaded by him to the rest of the planet.

"Por Pouco", the fourth Mundo Livre record entered the stores in the second semester of 2000. The title makes reference to this eternal interrupted pleasure that seems to dominate the Brazilian life. It is, supposedly, the most commercial work of the group, in fact, a politics class, where the “commercial” adjustments – voice placed in first plan, for instance – serve, many times, to make transparent the most subversive aspects – lyrics detonating wars, economical walls and “humanitarian” interventions”. “Por Pouco” won the best record of the year prize from APCA - Associação Paulista dos Críticos de Arte – (Paulista Association of Arts Critics). The ballade "Meu Esquema" was chosen as theme of "Tudo de


2008 - Combat Samba
2005 - BebadoGroove
2004 - O outro mundo de manuela rosário
2000- Por Pouco
1998 - Carnaval na Obra
1996 - Guentando a ôia
1994 - Samba Esquema Noise

Set List

1- Free World
2- Mistério do Samba
3- Melô das Musas
4- Computadores fazem arte
5- A Bola do Jogo
6- Meu Esquema
7- Bolo de Ameixa
8- A vida se fez de louca
9- A expressão exata
10- Seu suor
11-Livre Iniciativa
12- Muito obrigado
13 - Terra Escura
14 - Saldo de Aratu
15- Estela – a fumaça do pajé mitsubixxxi
16- Super Homem Plus