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Chico Science (Francisco de Assis FranÃ§a) (1967? - February 2, 1997) was a Brazilian singer and composer and one of the founders of the Mangue Bit cultural movement. He was killed in a tragic car accident in 1997 in Recife, Pernambuco, at the age of 30.
Born in the Rio Doce neighbourhood of Olinda in the state of Pernambuco in Brazil's Northeast, as a little boy he would sell crabs that he caught himself in the city's mangrove swamps.
He became the lead singer and major creative driving force of the groundbreaking Mangue Bit band called Chico Science & NaÃ§Ã£o Zumbi (CSNZ). Influenced by such musicians as James Brown, Grandmaster Flash and Kurtis Blow, their music cleverly fused rock, funk, and hip hop with maracatu and other traditional rhythms of Brazil's Northeast. Chico had a powerful stage presence that was compared by some to that of Jimi Hendrix.
Before CSNZ, Chico was a member of the bands Orla Orbe and Loustal (the latter named after the French comic book artist and cartoonist Jacques de Loustal).