Sep 15

Bigode Grosso!


Tu ta maluco? Respeita o moço! Patente alta, da aula, bigode grosso!


This is the chorus from the latest funk track that is doing the rounds in Brazil right now. The track, performed by MC Marcelly, is called Bigode Grosso (Thick Moustache) and has been massively boosted by Neymar and other players incorporating it into recent goal celebrations.


Neymar doing the Bigode Grosso during a recent goleada (goal-fest) against Australia. Source


Trying to translate Funk lyrics is not always easy, but I’m not going to let that stop me! The chorus translates to something like this:

Are you crazy? Respect the guy! He’s high rank, he’ll teach you a lesson, thick moustache!

Pretty weird right?


MC Marcelly with a bigode grosso. Source


This sub-genre of Funk music is labelled Funk Ostentação (Ostentation Funk) and in visual style and attitude it borrows heavily from the side of Hip Hop that used to see rappers boasting about how much Cristal and Courvoisier they’d be drinking (or pouring on the floor) at their parties.

But this being Rio, the reference points and associations are a little different! Marcelly boasts that there won’t be any beer at her party, but a lot of whisky and “10 fridges of Red Bull”. There will also be 300kg of picanha and twice that of linguiça!

The MC goes on to explain that this pool party will last 2 days and everything will be free. However, not everyone is welcome – people not permitted at the party include children, ugly women and guys with big bellies (with the exception of the DJ and the birthday boy!).

It’s actually a pretty hilarious tune and (guilty admission time) I find it quite catchy. Predictably, YouTube commenters take a dim view, lamenting the state of modern music or simply describing it as lixo (trash). I’ll leave you to decide where you stand – if nothing else, at least now you know what Neymar was doing during his goal celebration!


 As far as I can work out, the ‘thick moustache’ thing is related to the stereotype of a high ranking army officer with a thick moustache. It doesn’t really seem to fit with the rest of the song, but it does allow for some funny dance gesticulations!

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  1. Alex


    I think I’ll stick with Quadradinho Borboleta/ de oito

    1. tomlemes

      Ha ha ha! You mean this thing? That is one classy track/video 😉


  2. Tracy

    AAAACCCK! Her voice is like nails on a chalkboard! I like the beat but nao aguento a sua voz. Bastante!!

    1. tomlemes

      Ha ha! One person’s nails on a chalkboard is another person’s raw grit! I particularly enjoy the way she rolls the R in carrrrrramba at 1:35! Still, I’m pretty sure I won’t be listening to this this time next year… 😉

  3. Chris Wright

    Hahahaha My mates back in the UK could have really used this track for the Movember charity moment to raise awareness in ball cancer.

    Still trying to figure out how it relates to 60s & 70s funk.

    1. tomlemes

      The message about respecting people with a moustaches could work. Not sure about the rest of the lyrics though 😉

      I’m pretty sure there’s no connection with what the rest of us call funk. As Wikipedia says:

      Although originated in Rio, funk carioca has become increasingly popular amongst working classes in other parts of Brazil. In the whole country, funk carioca is most often simply known as funk, although it is very different musically from what funk means in most other places.

      Yes, very different indeed! Once in a while I find a (carioca) funk track that I quite like, but even these are not remotely funky in the traditional sense of the word are they?

  4. Adam

    I would have thought this would come out of Portugal, not Brazil.

    Exhibit A

    1. tomlemes

      I knew the Brazilian stereotype of Portuguese is that they’re all bakers with big moustaches, but I hadn’t thought it stretched to that!

      1. Adam

        It’s quite serious here, as you can see.

        Actually, I’m not sure if the Portuguese adopted the Brazilian jest as their own or if the Brazilians got it from the Portuguese themselves (that they joke about themselves this way)…but they do, indeed.

        The modern Portuguese young adult, though, is a cross between an alternative rocker and a hipster. More the former than the latter but I would literally bet you one pound per example if you could walk the streets of Lisbon and point out Portuguese guys who don’t fit this appearance. In the end, I’d still have all my money.

  5. Andrew Creelman

    Wow! That is all! Ha ha!

    1. tomlemes


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