Mamonas Assassinas

Mamonas Assassinas was a satirical Brazilian rock band. On March 2, 1996, the plane in which the band was traveling crashed into the Cantareira mountain range, near São Paulo, causing the death of all five band members. The short lived band enjoyed a "meteoric" success, being celebrated for decades after its end, and the members of the band are remembered and celebrated even today.[1][2]

Mamonas Assassinas
OriginGuarulhos, São Paulo, Brazil
Years active1989–1996
Associated actsUtopia
Past members
  • Dinho
  • Samuel Reoli
  • Júlio Rasec
  • Sérgio Reoli
  • Bento Hinoto

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 compound ricin (their logo incorporated a castor bean) or the augmentative for mamas, meaning breasts (which were prominently pictured on the album cover). The band mentioned model Mari Alexandre as an influence to the name, and even translated the name into English as "Killer Big Breasts".[3]

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 ("Vira-Vira"), Northeastern Brazilian rhythms like forró ("Jumento Celestino"), Mexican music ("Pelados em Santos"), heavy metal ("Débil Metal"), sertanejo ("Bois Don't Cry"), and even pagode ("Lá Vem o Alemão"). This combination can be easily checked at their videos, where various references to many cultures were found.


Early years and major eraEdit

The band started its activities in 1989 as a trio, without Dinho and Júlio, in a band called Utopia, performing covers of Legião Urbana and Rush. Soon Dinho and Júlio were incorporated, and Utopia performed in the suburbs of São Paulo. They even did release an album, but it sold less than 100 copies. Just as the band noticed the comedical intromissions and songs on their concerts were better accepted than the serious performances, the band decided to fully embrace the comedy on their music, including a change to a double entendre name.[4] Their first demo reached Rafael, son of the artistic director of EMI-Odeon, João Augusto Soares. João Augusto hired the band afterwards.

The plane crashEdit

The band's successful career came to an end along with all band members' lives on March 2, 1996, due to a plane crash. After a show in Brasília, the band was flying to São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport, in Guarulhos. They were going home to spend a day off with their families since the next day they would travel to Portugal to start a new tour. The plane crashed at Serra da Cantareira, 20 miles away from the airport at 11:00 PM. Along with the band members, four other people died in the crash: - Jorge Germano, the pilot; - Alberto Takeda, the co-pilot; - Isac Souto, a roadie and Dinho's cousin; and - Sérgio Saturnino, their body guard.

Band member Júlio Rasec told his hairdresser (who made a video in his salon of it) he'd had a nightmare the previous evening about a plane crashing and that he did not know what that meant. Júlio seemed deeply disturbed about it and it is reported that he was upset and introverted during the whole day. His hairdresser told Julio he’d pray for them. The video was aired multiple times on TV and it was the subject of several TV shows and documentaries.

The death of all members of the band created a great commotion in Brazil, which was still mourning Ayrton Senna's death two years before, and because at the time they were the most famous band in the country. Their short-lived fame and devastating death are strongly remembered in Brazil today, and their songs are celebrated and influential to the Brazilian music industry.[5]

The aircraft was a Learjet 25[6] that was having multiple radar problems even prior to takeoff. On final approach to land on runway 09R,[6] the pilot decided to abort the attempt and went-around. As it flew around the runway for a second attempt to land, it crashed into the side of a heavily forested mountain in the Cantareira range, at 23:16 (Brazil Standard Time, UTC-3:00).



  • Alecsander Alves (known as Dinho) - vocals March 5, 1971 - March 2, 1996.

Dinho was born in Irecê, Bahia but moved with his parents to Guarulhos when he was only two months old. He dropped out of high school and started working as a canvasser. He was known to be a very fun and charismatic person and met Bento, Samuel and Sérgio in their concert when he volunteered to sing Sweet Child o' Mine, since none of the members knew how to sing the song. The performance was so funny and strong that the trio asked him to be the lead singer. Júlio, who was his friend since they were kids entered the band not long after.

  • Alberto Hinoto (Bento Hinoto) - guitar August 7, 1970 - March 2, 1996

Bento was born in Itaquaquecetuba in a Japanese Brazilian family of seven children. His brother, Maurício gave him a guitar when he was 14 and also taught him how to play it. Bento started to play by himself and he was known to be the best musician of the band and a more quiet yet fun person. His brother and Sérgio used to work together and he introduced them, after that they started playing together and soon Samuel started to play the bass as well, together they formed the trio Utopia, after, Dinho and Julio entered the band and they formed Mamonas Assassinas.

  • Samuel Reis de Oliveira (Samuel Reoli; "Reoli" is a contraction of the last names Reis and Oliveira) - bass guitar March 11, 1973 - March 2, 1996

Samuel was born in Guarulhos and he was the younger brother of Sérgio. He was the youngest of the band and is known to be really naive, authentic and an airplane lover. At first he was not interested in music, he preferred to draw airplanes but after Bento and Sergio started to play together, Samuel got involved and decided to play the bass.

  • Júlio César Barbosa (Júlio Rasec; Rasec is "César" spelled backwards) - keyboards, backing vocals January 4, 1968 - March 2, 1996

Júlio was born in Guarulhos and is known to be really calm, patient and the most caring person of the band. He was not known to be a good musician but was the link of positivity of the band who would calm the others and bring joy to everyone. Júlio and Dinho were friends since they were children and Dinho was the one who brought Júlio to the band, after that, the band was complete. Júlio was a good composer and would sing songs live such as Sábado de Sol and Sabão Crá-Crá. Júlio dreamed about a plane crash a day prior to the accident. His hairdresser recorded a video in the same day of the accident where Júlio says "I don't know, I dreamed that the plane was falling/crashing. I don't what that means" while saying this, he was scratching his head which his father said he would do when he was worried about something.

  • Sérgio Reis de Oliveira (Sérgio Reoli; Samuel's older brother) - drums September 30, 1969 - March 2, 1996

Sérgio was born in Guarulhos and he worked with Bento's brother who introduced them to play together. Soon after, his brother Samuel started to play the bass and the formed the trio Utopia. Dinho and Júlio entered the band not long after and together they formed Mamonas Assassinas. Sérgio was known to be grumpy and a person who complained a lot, on the other hand he used to make a lot of jokes and to be really funny as well.


Studio albumsEdit

Year Album
1992 A Fórmula do Fenômeno, as Utopia
  • Released: 1992
  • Label: Independent
1995 Mamonas Assassinas
  • Released: 1995
  • Label: EMI

Compilation albumsEdit

Year Album
1998 Atenção, Creuzebek: A Baixaria Continua (1998, posthumous album)
  • Released: 1998
  • Label: EMI

Live albumsEdit

Year Album
2006 Mamonas Ao Vivo (2006, posthumous album)
  • Released: September 24, 2006
  • Label: EMI


Year Single Album
1995 "Pelados em Santos" Mamonas Assassinas
"Robocop Gay" Mamonas Assassinas
"Vira-Vira" Mamonas Assassinas
"1406" Mamonas Assassinas


  1. ^ "Com orçamento de R$3 mi, musical sobre Mamonas quer conquistar nova geração" [With a R$3 mi budged, musical about Mamonas targets new generation] (in Portuguese). UOL. 2 February 2016. a banda, que fez sucesso meteórico entre 1995 e 1996
  2. ^ "Internautas homenageiam Mamonas Assassinas 21 anos após acidente" [Mamonas Assassinas is celebrated by users on the internet 21 years after accident]. O Globo. 2 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Mamonas Assassinas". Por Toda a Minha Vida. 2008-07-10. Rede Globo.
  4. ^ Mamonas Assassinas profile at CliqueMusic
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  6. ^ a b "Acidentes Aéreos - Mamonas Assassinas" (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 2008-06-07. Retrieved 2008-03-31.
  7. ^ pt:MTV na Estrada (Mamonas Assassinas)[better source needed]
  8. ^ pt:Por Toda a Minha Vida#Mamonas Assassinas[better source needed]
  9. ^ "Mamonas Pra Sempre (2009) - IMDb".

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