Formed in 2017, ForrobodOz has been thrilling and entertaining audiences at the heart of Brisbane’s Forro’ scene with their vibrant performances. Playing the best of the genre with some original compositions, the band has performed extensively and debuted at Woodford Folk Festival in 2019.
ForrobodOz plays “Forró”, the vibrant music from the North-eastern region of Brazil. Lucia Medeiros (voice and hand percussion), Mircha Mangiacotti (guitar), Ricardo Bona (accordeon) and Claudio Climaco (zabumba/drums) combine their passion for “Forró” to bring this groovy, contagious rhythm to you.
Forrobodó means “great party” or “commotion”, so prepare your dancing shoes and join them on this musical trip to Brazil.
Lucia is an experienced performer and teacher. With a Bachelor of Music (Jazz Voice) and a Graduate Diploma (Vocal Pedagogy) from the Queensland Conservatorium, Lucia has been performing in Queensland with various bands since 2010, as well as collaborating with various artists, encompassing Brazilian music, Jazz, Latin music and pop music. Apart from teaching at schools and at her home studio, Lucia also composes and had her song “Para de Bobeira” as a finalist in the Queensland Music Awards. One of the founders of ForrobodOz, Lucia is the lead singer of the group.
Mircha is also a co-founder of ForroodOz and is an experienced guitarist who has been performing professionally since moving to Brisbane in 2009. His passion for World Music is reflected in the wide range of musical styles he has worked in. Mircha has collaborated with some of the finest local musicians in Queensland ensembles, having performed at some of the best music venues and festivals in Queensland.
Ricardo is a very talented and experienced accordion player from Brazil, where he studied a Bachelor of Music at USP and has played for several years with big names of forró like Rastapé, Bicho de Pé and Falamansa. Since his arrival in Brisbane, Ricardo has joined ForrobodOz and brings the most authentic forró feel to the band, displaying his vast knowledge of the instrument and the style.
Claudio is a vibrant Brazilian percussionist with a fantastic rhythmic talent. He masters all the Brazilian grooves and makes the joyful sounds of Brazil even more irresistible, with a contagious and intoxicating energy that makes people feel like dancing! Born in Goias, he came to Australia in 1998.