Mamonas Assassinas was a satirical Brazilian rock band. Their lyrics, music and live performances were as famous as their tragic end: on March 2, 1996, the plane in which they were flying crashed into the Cantareira mountain range, near São Paulo, causing the death of all the band members. The short lived band enjoyed a "meteoric" success, being celebrated even 22 years after its end.
The band's name carries a double-entendre as, in Portuguese mamonas can be either the name of the Castor oil plant, which contains the highly toxic comount ricin or the augmentative for mamas, meaning breasts. The band mentioned model Mari Alexandre as an influence to the name, and even translated the name into English as "Killer Big Breasts".
The musical style of Mamonas Assassinas members employed a humorous mixture between rock and a wide range of styles. They often borrowed elements from other music, among which were the main riff of the Portuguese Vira, Northeastern Brazilian rhythms like forró, Mexican music, heavy metal, sertanejo, and even pagode. This combination can be easily checked at their videos, where various references to many cultures were found.
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