Da Weasel

Da Weasel

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Portuguese hip hop band from Almada, founded in 1993 by brothers João Nobre and Carlos Nobre and disbanded in 2010. Original line-up included Carlos Nobre, Armando Teixeira, João Nobre and Yen Sung. Their music fuses elements from hard rock, pop, rap, acid jazz and ska.

Da Weasel's first release was the six-song EP More Than 30 Motherfuckers, entirely sung in English. The group featured Carlos Nobre as the MC, Pedro Quaresma, João Nobre and Guilherme Silva on live instruments, Yen Sung as backup vocalist and Armando Teixeira as DJ and producer. In 1994, the band rode the wave of the Various - Rapública compilation, which introduced hip-hop to the Portuguese mainstream audience, by releasing their first full album, Da Weasel - Dou-lhe Com A Alma, which took them on tour for the first time. This time, the band wrote all the songs in Portuguese, incorporating influences from Cypress Hill and Public Enemy.

Before production of their third release (Da Weasel - 3º Capítulo) in 1997, Yen Sung left the band to start a career as an acid jazz producer and DJ. She was replaced by Virgul, a rapper/singer who introduced ragga and afro elements to the band's sound.

In 1999, after taking part in Mario Caldato Jr.'s Various - Tejo Beat and the Xutos & Pontapés tribute album Various - XX Anos , XX Bandas - Tributo Aos Xutos E Pontapés, Da Weasel returned to the studio to record their fourth album, DaWeasel* - Iniciação A Uma Vida Banal - O Manual. The critically acclaimed album was the band's first silver record, and helped increase their previous release sales enough to grant them a second silver. Da Weasel also served as a warm-up act to Red Hot Chili Peppers' concert at the Pavilhão Atlântico in Lisbon.

Armando Teixeira then left the band to pursue a solo career, and experienced pop-rock producer Mário Barreiros helmed the recording of Da Weasel - Podes Fugir Mas Não Te Podes Esconder in 2001. Da Weasel's work now blended influences from hip-hop, heavy metal, reggae and African music to produce a unique blend that was still undeniably Portuguese. Paris-based Cuban hip-hop trio Orishas was a guest on the album, which soon rose to gold and later platinum record sales.

In 2004, Mário Barreiros was replaced by João Martins as producer, and DJ Glue (2) joined the band as a live DJ, filling a spot vacant for three years. They helped Da Weasel reinvent themselves on their next album, Da Weasel - Re-Definições, a deeply thought-out piece of work which refined the sound heard in the previous album. Music fans responded enthusiastically, with over 80,000 copies sold, making it Da Weasel's best selling album.

In 2005 the band held a sold-out concert in the Olympia in Paris, its first major international performance.

On April 2, 2007, Da Weasel released their last album entitled Da Weasel - Amor, Escárnio E Maldizer. It reached platinum on the same day, with over 20,000 copies sold.

On December 9, 2010, they announced their breakup.
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Da Weasel Discography

Albums

Da Weasel Dou-lhe Com A Alma (Album) Dínamo Portugal 1995 Sell This Version
Da Weasel 3º Capítulo (Album) EMI Portugal 1997 Sell This Version
Da Weasel Iniciação A Uma Vida Banal - O Manual (Album) EMI Portugal 1999 Sell This Version
Da Weasel Podes Fugir Mas Não Te Podes Esconder (Album) EMI Portugal 2001 Sell This Version
Da Weasel Re-Definições (Album) EMI Music Portugal Portugal 2004 Sell This Version
0946 3 48085 2 1 Da Weasel Ao Vivo Coliseus(2xCD, Copy Prot.) EMI Music Portugal 0946 3 48085 2 1 Portugal 2005 Sell This Version
Da Weasel Amor, Escárnio E Maldizer (Album) EMI Music Portugal Portugal 2007 Sell This Version
2 66429 9 Da Weasel Ao Vivo No Pavilhão Atlântico(2xDVD-V, PAL + 2xCD, Album + Box, Spe) EMI Music Portugal, Lda. 2 66429 9 Portugal 2008 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

MEO194 Da Weasel More Than 30 Motherf***s(CD, EP) Margem Esquerda MEO194 Portugal 1994 Sell This Version
PRODIN01/95 Da Weasel Educação (É Liberdade) / Adivinha Quem Voltou(CD, Single, Promo) Dínamo PRODIN01/95 Portugal 1995 Sell This Version
Da Weasel Todagente (Single) EMI-Valentim De Carvalho, Música Lda. Portugal 1997 Sell This Version
Promo 13/97 Da Weasel Dúia(CD, Single, Promo) EMI Records Ltd. Promo 13/97 Portugal 1997 Sell This Version
Promo II/99 Da Weasel Outro nível(CD, Single, Promo) EMI Records Ltd. Promo II/99 Portugal 1999 Sell This Version
Promo 23/00 Da Weasel Agora E Para Sempre (A Paixão)(CD, Single, Promo) EMI Promo 23/00 Portugal 2000 Sell This Version
PROMO 22/01 Da Weasel Tás Na Boa(CD, Single, Promo) EMI PROMO 22/01 Portugal 2001 Sell This Version
PROMO 07/02 Da Weasel, Orishas Da Weasel, Orishas - Sigue, Sigue!(CD, Single, Promo) EMI PROMO 07/02 Portugal 2002 Sell This Version
7243 5 48791 66 Da Weasel Re-Tratamento(12", Single, Ltd) Virgin 7243 5 48791 66 Portugal 2004 Sell This Version
7243 8 67765 2 5 Da Weasel Benvindo A Casa(CD, Single, Promo) EMI Music Portugal 7243 8 67765 2 5 Portugal 2005 Sell This Version
0946 1 3441. 0 0, 0946 3 56630 2 0 Da Weasel Re-Tratamento(CD, Single, Copy Prot., Promo) EMI Music Portugal, Capitol Records 0946 1 3441. 0 0, 0946 3 56630 2 0 Portugal 2006 Sell This Version
5099950247028 Da Weasel Mundos Mudos(CD, Single, Copy Prot., Promo) Capitol Records 5099950247028 Portugal 2007 Sell This Version
50999 515902 2 2 Da Weasel Toque Toque(CD, Single, Promo) EMI 50999 515902 2 2 Portugal 2007 Sell This Version
0 94638 94342 6 Da Weasel Dialectos Da Ternura(CD, Single, Promo) EMI 0 94638 94342 6 Portugal 2007 Sell This Version
none Da Weasel Toque-Toque Remixes (CDr, Single, Promo) EMI none Portugal Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

50999 0 84776 2 0, 50999 0 84777 2 9, 7243 5 36257 2 6 Da Weasel Iniciação A Uma Vida Banal - O Manual / Podes Fugir Mas Não Te Podes Esconder(2xCD, Album, Comp, Ltd, RE) EMI Music Portugal, EMI Music Portugal, EMI Music Portugal 50999 0 84776 2 0, 50999 0 84777 2 9, 7243 5 36257 2 6 Portugal 2011 Sell This Version

Videos

7243 5 44356 9 0 Da Weasel Da Weasel Ao Vivo - Junho / Setembro 2004(DVD) EMI Music Portugal 7243 5 44356 9 0 Portugal 2004 Sell This Version

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