• country:Brazil
  • style(s):Pop
  • label:Sony Music
  • type:Band, Composer/Songwriter
  • gender:male
  • instrumentation:instrumental, vocal
  • artist posted by:Babel Produções Artisticas

Line up

  • Haroldo Ferreti (drums)
  • Henrique Portugal (keyboard)
  • Lelo Zaneti (bass)
  • Samule Rosa (Vocal and Guitar)

The Skank started out in 1991, in Belo Horizonte, the same Brazilian city that gave the world names like Milton Nascimento and Sepultura. Between the harmony of some and the energy of others, the band started out driven by their idea to bring the Jamaican dancehall to the Brazilian pop tradition. The band launched its first album independently but the unde rground success caught the attention of the all powerful Sony Music that, together with the band, launched in Brazil the label Chaos. Their second album, of 1994, was a giant step to stardom: over 1 million copies of "Calango" and top-hits like "Jackie Tequila" and "Te Ver". The album opened the doors to a whole new generation of Brazilian bands, willing to digest whatever is new in the world rock scene and, at the same time, curious about the roots of local traditions.

The following album went a step further (both regarding its mission to promote fusion and commercially): "O Samba Pocone" took the band to France, United States, Chile, Argentina, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, Italy and Germany presenting own concerts and participating in festivals sharing the stage with Echo & The Bunnymen, Black Sabbath and Rage Against The Machine. The single "Garota Nacional" was a stunning success in Brazil and ranked first in the hit parade in Spain (in its original version, in Portuguese) for three months straight this was the only Brazilian song to feature in selection "Soundtrack for a Century", launched to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Sony Music. The band's albums won American, Italian, Japanese and French editions among other countries around the world.

While "O Samba Pocone" was reaching the 2 million copies sold in Brazil, the Skank was invited to represent its country in the album "Allez Ola Ole", the official Record of the 1998 Football World Cup. Artistically jittery, the quartet did not get complacent about its success. Their songs now brought together the band's electronic origins and the new psychedelic and acoustic influences revealed in the albums "Siderado" (more introspective and mature) and "Maquinarama" (more colorful and lysergic).

Success did not wane: a string of radiophonic hits followed, such as "Resposta", "Saideira" and "Balada do Amor Inabalavel" the latter with echoes by Sergio Mendes, in a cyberpunk atmosphere. All this with the same versatility that allows the group to record with people like Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Manu Chao, Uakti or Jorge Ben Jor and be praised by Stewart Copeland for the version of "Wrapped Around Your Finger", included in the Latin tribute to the Police, "Outlandos D'America". The multi=-faceted nature of someone who has no moorings but those with the perfect pop and the energy to make the crowd stand up and dance as was the case with the CD and DVD "Ao Vivo Ouro Preto" (Live in Ouro Preto) , which produced another top hit, "Acima do Sol", and sold over half a million copies.

The beginning of 2003 was dedicated to the careful preparation of "Cosmotron", an album that was widely praised by the press even before it reached the shops: "signs of evolution in Belo Horizonte ", "intense without being somber or nostalgic ", "pop songs processes in neat laboratories ", "ratifying the Skank as the most creative pop group of the 90s" . While in the first single the psychedelic ballad "Dois Rios", won the radios of Brazil (and the prize of best video clip in the Video Music Brasil 2003), the group went on another international tour, to countries like Portugal, England and BeIgium , besides a historic presentation on the main stage of the Roskilde Festival, in Denmark with groups like Blur and Cardigans. The new tour of the band (with scenery by Gringo Cardia, based on the paintings by Beatriz Milhazes, and eight new songs) started with three night s all sold out in Canecao, Rio de Janeiro. With the new hit, "Vou Deixar" (elected the best pop clip by Video Music Brasil 2004), the Skank is undergoing a totally new experience. With new commercialization formats, it is the ring tone with the largest number of downloads in the country. Around 210 thousand copies of the album have been sold.

2004 was the time for the group to launch its first collection of successes. "Radiola", focusing on Maquinarama and Cosmotron, is released in November of that year. Besides eight hits remasterized in New York, there are more novelties for the public."Um Mais Um" and "Onde Estao?" are new songs written especially for Radiola. The album also includes two vers ions published for the first time: "Vamos Fugir", by Gilberto Gil e Liminha, recorded for the Summer adverts of Rider sandals; "I Want You" recorded at the end of 1999 for a tribute to Bob Dylan, which was never released. Behind the twelve songs in Radiola, is the work of the brothers Rob e Christian Clayton, American artists, collaborators of the magazines Rolling Stone and Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope, and art directors of the Oasis clip "All Around the World". The images of the graphic material of the Skank's first compilation, "Happy All The Day" and "Long Journey", are part of the "Six Foot Eleven", an exhibition by the Clayton Brothers in partnership with the La Luz de Jesus Gallery (Los Angeles). Radiola was released in November 2004 and sold 210 000 copies.

In August 2006, "Carrossel", the ninth Skank album, is released.