Legiao Urbana

Genres: World
Decades: 1990s 2000s


Legião Urbana (Urban Legion) formed in 1983 in Brazil’s capital city, Brasilia. Founding members Renato Russo (Renato Manfredini Júnior, 27 March 1960, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, d. 11 October 1996, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and Dado Villa-Lobos (b. 29 June 1965, Brazil) had both been part of the city’s punk underground since the late 70s, and Russo’s band Aborto Elétrico had a large following before they split around 1981. Unlike most of Brazil, Brasilia laid claim to a noticeable punk scene, a by-product of the city’s cosmopolitan character and its relative isolation from the rest of the country, not to mention its status as the seat of the government. Legião Urbana, comprising guitarist/vocalist Russo, guitarist Villa-Lobos, bass player Renato Rocha, and drummer Marcelo Bonfá, were immediately popular in their home town, but it was not until their appearance in Rio in 1983 that they began to reach a wider...

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