Banda Uó

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Banda Uó
Origin Goiânia, Brazil
Genres Pop, tecnobrega
Years active 2010–Present
Labels Deckdisc
Members Davi Sabbag
Mateus Carrilho
Candy Mel
Past members Flora Maria

Banda Uó is a Brazilian tecnobrega band composed of Davi Sabbag, Mateus Carrilho, and Candy Mel. The band was formed in 2010 in the Goiânia.[1] The group was initially composed of Davi Sabbag, Mateus Carrilho and Flora Maria. They released their first music video, a tecnobrega cover of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream",[2] called "Não Quero Saber", with help from students of Universidade Federal de Goiás and of publicity on PUC Goiás.

The funny lyrics and the Sabbag's direction got the attention of DJ Diplo, who was responsible for introducing funk carioca to the world.[3] Besides this, Flora Maria left the group and Mel Gonçalves, also known as Candy Mel, joined the group, the three started to work in others versions, releasing the EP "Me Emoldurei de Presente Pra Te Ter".

They released another cover–this time of Willow Smith's "Whip My Hair", called "Shake de Amor". The music video won the 2011 MTV VMBs and have gotten attention not only on social media as well as in televisions shows in Brazil.

In 2012, Banda Uó released their debut album Motel through Deckdisc. They received good reviews from Rolling Stone Brasil: "One of the triumphs of Banda Uó was realize that being humorous is not necessarily related to "funny" music - and that the trio secured an audience even wider."[4][5]


2010: Beginning[edit]

During a trip to Pirenópolis, Goiás, Davi Sabbag and Mateus Carrilho set up the band Folk Heart. The project was uploaded to Youtube as a "joke."[6] With Folk Heart, they performed on some festivals in Goiás attracting public attention. David, Mateus and Candy Mel met in adolescence during parties in Goiânia's nights.

The three decided to create a trio to promote a party called "Uó," where David was the manager and promoter.[7] With inspiration from DJ Cremoso, who was a precursor for mixing tecnobrega with pop music,[8] they recorded a cover version with samples of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" called "Eu Não Quero Saber." Mel Gonçalves wasn't able to attend recording sessions, being replaced by Flora Maria. After, they recorded three more songs due to the success of the song. According to David, it was at that moment that he thought the band could work.[9]

The video ended up attracting attention of DJ Diplo, who was one of the responsible for introducing funk carioca to the world.[10] Pedro D'Eyrot and Rodrigo Gorky, both from group "Bonde do Rolê," were responsible for the production of their songs and together with Diplo, they became the band's managers.[11] At that moment, Mel Gonçalves returned to the group.[6]

2011: First release and EP[edit]

Candy Mel had to leave her fashion college to move along with the band to São Paulo. Although David and Mateus were boyfriends, after fighting in a trip, they decided to remain in the band.[12] They were living with a "rich friend" for six months, they describe.

The band eventually released the music video for "Shake de Amor," a cover of Willow Smith's Whip My Hair, which ended up winning "Best Music Video" at the 2011 MTV Video Music Brasil (VMBs).[13]

The extended play Me Emoldurei de Presente Pra Te Ter was released in July 2011 through Tropical Avalanche.[14] The EP contains five tracks. A video for "O Gosto Amargo do Perfume" was also released, a cover of Two Door Cinema Club's Something Good Can Work. The band signed with Deckdisc in 2011, according to Mateus: "Deck[disc] is a very open label. We are working with a lot of freedom, our concern was exactly this..."[7]

In March 2011, they performed "Shake de Amor" on Esquenta! of Rede Globo.[15] According to the band, the theme addressed by the program, on Candy Mel's transsexuality, was not disclosed to them in advance, causing embarrassment to the singer.

The band's debut album, Motel was released on September 7, 2012 through Deckdisc. On release day, the album peaked at number one Brazilian iTunes.[16] Rolling Stone Brazil rated the album 4 out of 5 stars and ranked it 9th in their "best albums of the year" list.[17] It spawned four singles: "Faz Uó", "Gringo", "Cowboy" and "Búzios do Coração". "Cowboy" was released as EP with the original version, two remixed versions (Sabbag's Tacinha Remix and Vibe Remix) and " Sexy Sem Ser Vulgar (We Don't Fucking Care)," recorded for the 2013 Fall-Winter campaign of the brand Sergio K.

2014: Batalha dos Quiosques and first DVD[edit]

On January 7, 2014, MTV Brazil broadcast "Batalha dos Quiosques," a weekly program where two bands competed administrating kiosks on the beach.[18] In the end, Banda Uó became the winner of the program with the prize being recording a song. The production eventually became "Catraca", released on March 27, 2014, featuring famous funk singer and Brazilian rapper Mr. Catra.[19][20] The music video was released on April 7, 2014, directed by Cristina Streciwik.[21]

On November 5, 2014, the band announced on social networks the release of the DVD Turnê Motel - ao Vivo no Cine Jóia. One of the concerts was previously broadcast on Multishow on October 3, 2013. The DVD was released on November 25, 2014. "Faz Uó", "Cowboy", "Gringo", "I <3 Cafuçu", "Vânia" and the hit song "Shake de Amor" are on the setlist. Preta Gil, was featured on "Nêga Samurai" and "Sou Como Sou".[22]

2015: Veneno[edit]

In May 2015, Rede Globo announced that "Catraca" would be part of the soundtrack of the telenovela I Love Paraisópolis.[23] They guest starred on the first chapter as themselves, and the song came to be one of the most sought after on Brazilian iTunes.

In an interview, they confirmed the second studio album was in development. Mateus Carrilho said that the album "will be more pop and less brega, also focusing on other audiences using with different beats."Cite error: A <ref> tag is missing the closing </ref> (see the help page). [12] |style="text-align:center;"| 2012 |rowspan="4" style="text-align:center; font-style:italic;"| Motel |- |scope="row" style="background-color: #f2f2f2;"| "Gringo" |rowspan="2" style="text-align:center;"| 2013 |- |scope="row" style="background-color: #f2f2f2;"| "Cowboy" |- |scope="row" style="background-color: #f2f2f2;"| "Búzios do Coração" |rowspan="2" style="text-align:center;"| 2014 |- |scope="row" style="background-color: #f2f2f2;"| "Catraca"[24] (featuring Mr. Catra) | rowspan="5" style="text-align:center; font-style:italic;" | Veneno |- |scope="row" style="background-color: #f2f2f2;"| "É da Rádio?" |rowspan="2" style="text-align:center;"| 2015 |- |scope="row" style="background-color: #f2f2f2;"| "Dá1LIKE" (featuring Karol Conká) |- |scope="row" style="background-color: #f2f2f2;"| "Arregaçada" | rowspan="2" style="text-align:center;" | 2016 |- |"Cremosa" |}


Title Year Director(s)
"Não Quero Saber" 2010 Mateus Carrilho
"Shake de Amor" 2011
"Gosto Amargo do Perfume"
"Faz Uó" 2012
"Gringo" 2013 Arthur Warren, Gustavo Suzuki
"Cowboy" Mateus Carrilho
"Catraca" (featuring Mr. Catra) 2014 Cristina Streciwik[25][12]
"Búzios do Coração" Daniel Alfaya
"É da Rádio?" 2015 Mateus Carrilho, Cristina Streciwik, Rabih Aidar, Vecks[26][12]
"Dá1LIKE" (featuring Karol Conká) Rudá Cabral, Cristina Streciwik
"Cremosa" 2015 Cristina Streciwik
"Arregaçada" 2016 Rabih Aidar


  • Turnê Motel (2012)
  • Turnê Veneno (2015)


  • Davi Sabbag
  • Mateus Carrilho
  • Candy Mel
  • Flora Maria - (2010-2011)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Recipient Category Result Ref.
2011 MTV Video Music Brasil Shake de Amor Best Music Video Won [13]
2012 Prêmio Multishow de Música Brasileira Rosa (Last Night) Versão do Ano Nominated [27]


  1. ^ (Portuguese) Moderno, Brega e Pop - Revista Rolling Stone Accessed 28-01-2013
  2. ^ (Portuguese)Banda Uó faz sucesso na internet com versão descolada do tecnobrega - O Globo 23-01-2013
  3. ^ Diplo on Brazil’s Funk-Tinged “Tecno Brega” Music Scene - Revista Vanity Fair 28/12/2011
  4. ^ Banda Uó - Motel - Rolling Stone
  5. ^ Disco de estreia da Banda Uó fica em 1º lugar no iTunes - O Globo
  6. ^ a b Martins, Carina (June 2013). "Criada à base de axé, sertanejo e tecnobrega, a Banda Uó quer decolar rumo ao palco do Faustão". Rolling Stone Brasil. Universo Online. Archived from the original on 12 de maio de 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2014.  Check date values in: |archive-date= (help)
  7. ^ a b "O brega/pop/indie/cafajeste da Banda UÓ". Oba Oba. Archived from the original on 12 de maio de 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2014.  Check date values in: |archive-date= (help)
  8. ^ Brandão, Lívia (16 March 2010). "De Lady Gaga a Nirvana, DJ Cremoso faz sucesso na web ao misturar música pop com tecnobrega". O Globo. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  9. ^ Azevedo, Érika (18 August 2011). "Banda Uó faz sucesso na internet com versão descolada do tecnobrega". O Globo. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  10. ^ Diplo (28 December 2011). "Photos: Diplo on Brazil’s Funk-Tinged “Tecno Brega” Music Scene". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Banda Uó conquista o Brasil". O Dia. Internet Group. 6 March 2012. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  12. ^ a b c d Bruna Veloso (08-2011). "Moderno, Brega e Pop". Revista Rolling Stone. Retrieved 28-01-2013.  Check date values in: |access-date=, |date= (help)
  13. ^ a b Andrade, Junior (20 September 2012). "Banda Uó - Fenômeno Nacional". Plus Entrevista. Meio Norte. Archived from the original on 12 de maio de 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2014.  Check date values in: |archive-date= (help)
  14. ^ Régis (12 September 2011). "Banda UÓ - Me Emoldurei De Presente Pra Te Ter". A Capa. Vírgula; Universo Online. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  15. ^ Pimenta, Izadora (5 March 2012). "Banda Uó apresenta “Shake de Amor” no Esquenta, de Regina Casé". Rock ‘n’ Beats. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  16. ^ "Motel de Banda Uó". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  17. ^ "Melhores discos de 2012". 
  18. ^ "MTV anuncia programação enxuta de verão e nova leva de "enlatados"". Vírgula Diversão. Universo Online. 23 December 2013. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  19. ^ Souza, Susan (26 February 2014). "Banda Uó vence reality show: "Estamos começando a chegar nas rádios e na TV"". Último Segundo. Internet Group. Archived from the original on 12 de maio de 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2014.  Check date values in: |archive-date= (help)
  20. ^ Alves, Gustavo (April 2014). "Banda Uó e Mr. Catra: "Catraca"". MTV. Universo Online. Archived from the original on 12 de maio de 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2014.  Check date values in: |archive-date= (help)
  21. ^ "Diretora estreante lança novo clipe da banda Uó nesta sexta-feira". Music Video Festival. 24 March 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  22. ^ "Banda Uó lança DVD esse mês e mostra clipe de “Vânia”, tirado do show". 06 November 2014. Retrieved 06 November 2014.  Check date values in: |access-date=, |date= (help)
  23. ^ "Música da Banda UÓ será trilha da nova novela da Globo". Jornal Opção. 11 May 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  24. ^ "Catraca (feat. Mr. Catra) - Single". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  25. ^ "Cristina Streciwik é a vencedora do Future Talent by ZOLA". Music Video Festival. 2 April 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  26. ^ "Banda Uó divulga videoclipe para "É da Rádio?"". Bota Pra Tocar!. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  27. ^ "Saiba quem são os vencedores do Prêmio Multishow de Música Brasileira". Rolling Stone. Universo Online. 19 September 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 

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