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O Rappa
Background information
OriginRio de Janeiro, Brazil
Years active1993 – 2018
LabelsWarner Music
WebsiteOfficial Website
MembersMarcelo Falcão
Alexandre Menezes
Lauro Farias
Marcelo Lobato
Past membersMarcelo Yuka
Nelson Meirelles

O Rappa was a Brazilian reggae/rock band from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Combining many styles such as rock, reggae, funk, hip hop and samba, O Rappa's songs contain sharp protests against the social problems in Brazil and the members of the band themselves are supporters of numerous social projects.


In 1993, reggae artist Papa Winnie came to Brazil but had no band to play shows with him. He immediately picked four people: Nelson Meirelles, Marcelo Lobato, Alexandre Menezes and Marcelo Yuka as the band. After Papa Winnie's shows, the four decided to stay together picking Falcão as the 5th member and vocalist.

In 1994, they released their first album, on Warner, O Rappa. It was initially only known to small groups within the working class suburbs of Rio de Janeiro. In 1996 the album Rappa Mundi was released. Most of the music was a success, especially the cover of "Hey Joe", a song made famous by The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

However it wasn't until the third album Lado B Lado A ("Side B Side A") in 1999, that O Rappa gained widespread fame selling over 150 000 copies of that album. Their video clip for their song Minha Alma ("My Soul") was also held in high regard winning many MTV Brasil's Vídeo Music Awards.

In November 2000, drummer Marcelo Yuka was shot during a robbery. He tried to avoid the assault by slamming his car against the bandits. The incident left him a paraplegic and he was forced to leave the band. He was replaced by Marcelo Lobato.

In August 2001, the group released its first live album, Instinto Coletivo. It featured a couple of tracks recorded in the studio with the participation of Sepultura and Asian Dub Foundation.

On 7 July 2007, O Rappa performed at the Brazilian leg of Live Earth in Rio de Janeiro.

In 2008 they released 7 Vezes ("7 times"). In 2010, the band launched the live album and the DVD O Rappa Ao Vivo Na Rocinha ("Live in Rocinha"), which was recorded during a concert at Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro's largest favela. The album featured the band's biggest hits as well as many b-side tracks.

Considered by many[who?] as the most iconic and respected contemporary Brazilian band, they're consistent on their work. Capable of bringing many rhythms together and combining it into unique melodies that are impossible to label. Their rock and reggae influences are clear but other elements added to the melodies give the band the status of pioneers.

On May 3, 2017, the group announced on Facebook that after the end of their tour in February 2018, it will pause with no current plans to return.[1]



Title Details
O Rappa
Rappa Mundi
Lado B Lado A
O Silêncio Q Precede O Esporro
7 Vezes
Nunca Tem Fim...

Live albums

Title Details
Instinto Coletivo Ao Vivo
Acústico MTV
Ao Vivo
Acústico Oficina Francisco Brennand


Title Details
Warner 30 Anos
Perfil: O Rappa

Video Albums

Title Details
O Silêncio Q Precede O Esporro
Acústico MTV
Ao Vivo
Acústico Oficina Francisco Brennand


List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Year Title Peak chart positions Album

1996 "Pescador de Ilusões" Rappa Mundi
"A Feira"
1997 "Miséria S.A"
1999 "Me Deixa" 50 Lado B Lado A
"Minha Alma" 15
2000 "O Que Sobrou do Céu" 55
"Lado B, Lado A" 45
2001 "Instinto Coletivo" 90 Instinto Coletivo
"Ninguém Regula a América"
(part. Sepultura)
2003 "Reza Vela" 25 O Silêncio Q Precede O Esporro
2004 "Rôdo Cotidiano" 42
"O Salto" 16
2005 "Mar de Gente" 29
"Na Frente do Reto" 3 Acústico MTV
"Pescador de Ilusões" (acústico) 8
2006 "Não Perca as Crianças de Vista" (acústico) 35
"Eu Quero Ver Gol" (acústico) 57
2008 "Monstro Invisível" 5 7 Vezes
"Meu Mundo é o Barro" 16
2009 "Súplica Cearense" 14
2010 "7 Vezes" (ao vivo) Ao Vivo
2013 "Anjos (Pra Quem Tem Fé)"[3] 25 Nunca Tem Fim...
"Auto-Reverse" 23

Band members


  1. ^
  2. ^ "O Rappa - Top 40 Charts".
  3. ^ "O Rappa divulga nova música". G1. Retrieved 1 May 2013.
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