"Zé Serra - I think this band is not going to last long..." (in "Música & Som" nº46, April of 1979).
When Aqui d'el-Rock stardet in 1977, they were called opportunists by those who in Lisbon self- proclaimed themselves authentic punks - a rich guys from Av. Roma in Lisbon and their acolytes.
Two of the founding elements of the band, José Serra and Fernando Gonçalves, had already joined in 1972 when they formed their first band. They came from the same neighborhood (Bairro do Relógio, aka Bairro do Cambodja), quarter which would become one of the most marginal of Lisbon and that already in the 90 was demolished, specially due to the continuous and severity of that marginality and the serious social problems that it originated.
The band included in their original set up for the first appearance in C.A.C.O. (Clube Atlético de Campo de Ourique), the already referred Serra (drums) and Fernando (bass), Alfredo Pereira (guitar), the three that already were part of an earlier formation (Osiris), and Oscar Martins (voice and guitar), colleague of Alfredo in Lisbon Economy Scholl (I.S.E.), that joined to the previous precisely to complete and launch the project Aqui d'el-Rock.
The conception of the band was in truth a coming together of circumstance, that lead to the collective finding itself in the right to reclaimed the spirit of the punk movement, as their own, being that that feeling was already in its essence something that had to do with the feeling of the group, or be it, a great rebellion be it in relation to the general national and international rock scene, be it to the organization of society in general, beyond what could eventually help find ways where they could pass their musical idealisms.
Three years after the so called Revolução dos Cravos (25th April of 1974), Portugal was living great transformations, great expectations, but also immense difficulties at many levels. Consciously the group takes those life experiences and without concessions chooses their own philosophy; and its with great naturally that Ad'R end up leading that chain called "boom" of portuguese rock, where new bands search to make different things. Strong themes with corrosive lyrics, aggressive and very powerful sounds, with some stage experience and novelty, are the key ingredients for such to happen.
Lacking the money for the purchase of material, or to pay for the rental of a studio to record/rehearse. Fernando's first guitar was built by himself; the drums are purchased piece by piece and assembled by an artisan according to possibilities of payment; the P.A. of voice is acquired in second hand purchase from a dance group and in many settlements, being used in reality also as a guitar amplifier. The locations for rehearsals are diverse and the compulsive changes succeed, specially due to complaints caused by disturbances in the neighborhood that complained about the excess of decibels. But at that time there is great will and dynamics and the result of that commitment starts giving fruits in early 1978, with the recording of a first single that included the mythical "Há que violentar o sistema" and the official introduction of the group in the already referred show in C.A.C.O., both quoted in the press linked to the means and not only, which constituted also something rare and innovative, as the show itself that registered a fake invasion of stage by part of the elements of another local band, Os Faíscas. In fact, Aqui d'el-Rock ended up obliging the local television station RTP, to produce the first portuguese video clip, not often shown.
Due to the uncomfortable posture, the band was target of censorship, the one that should have ended with the fascist dictatorship, in a persecution that was moved and applied with stupid justifications, dragged into the memory and up to nowadays.
Followed a period of great activity where the group recorded their second single, participated in programs of the prime national radios (Renascença and Comercial), and acted in various shows from north to south of the country, in some holding hands with some of the bands trying to trigger, namely:
- UHF with the concert in the "O Canecão" brewery parlor in Cacilhas, Almada.
- Os Faíscas and UHF in the "Browns" discotheque in Alvalade, Lisboa.
- Xutos & Pontapés and Minas & Armalhidas in "Dom Pedro V" school in Sete Rios, Lisboa.
- A luso/spanish rock festival, together with the portuguese band Tantra and two bands from Spain in the stadium of Sporting Clube Farense, Faro.
Students parties, first parts appearences of concerts of foreign bands, folk parties, etc. All these shows usually have much to do with irreverence, and the conditions in which they are made, or tried, are usually, are almost always deficient, in times even very bad and where many unusual things almost always ends up happening:
- Exchanges of sweetness and verbal provocations between elements of the band and the audience; waits and threats if physical aggression upon arriving to the location of the concert; public interaction with the musicians and the instruments; throwing of fruit to the stage originating amplifier malfunction; attempts to cut electric cables with a knife; speakers painted fresh; continuous repetition of the band songs due to unstoppable encores; no possibility to act in the first part of Uriah Heep concert due to “headaches” in this bands singer caused by Ad'R noise ; boycotted sound by the technicians in some first parts of foreign bands; delay in the start of shows due to the disappearance of the shows producers that ran off with the money; shows interrupted by rain fall inside the school the show was taking place (the roof collapsed in the storm), heavy interference of radio waves from nearby antenna; improvising with material shortage (in guitars and drums); no safety conditions on stage, or often too small stages with no acoustic conditions; bad P.A. sound, etc.
All or almost all, was made in the bases of amateurism and the contracts weren't arriving, not more nor less, to pay a support team; it was the musicians helped by their friends ( whose payment was money for food), that did all the work regarding the shows, from transportation and assembling equipments, to contacting with the respective organizations (one concert in a saturday in north of the country, occupied a weekend from friday to sunday with the respective all-nighters in between).
Its with great difficulties in the hiring of a company to secure the sound, that winds up to be made with Tantra (portuguese sinfonic rock group) equipment, that Aqui d'el-Rock featuring the first international punk band acting in Portugal, performing in the first part of the Eddie & Hot Rods show in Coliseu de Lisboa in 1979. There starts to be realized that the survival of the band could only come from a bases in professionalism and secured in an organics for burocratic support, where the main concern of the musicians is... the music.
In the crossing into the 80s decade happens a crisis for growth in the band, that coincides once again with the lack of location to rehearse, with the course final and the entry into the work market of the student elements and the necessity of evolution of the of the group.
Alfredo leaves and coming Carlos Cabral - "Carlitos Police" (guitar) first and Alberto Barradas (guitar and voice) later. And its in the middle of the 80's that they finally get a studio for rehearsals in Odivelas, the same where Go Graal Blues Band worked, where the collective launches into an immense work of composing and where in an almost insatiable way, searches to develop the ideas that each one of elements introduces in order to achieve the desired goal of construction of a new set of tracks, built in a new musical esthetics. All these changes mandated new figures in various fronts and a need of change even to the name of the band, that liberates of a certain stigma that connected it to the punk and ended up restraining some space, that seemed needed to its growth. Definitively and ashamedly disappeared here Aqui d'el-Rock and were replaced in its place Mau-Mau. In this time lapse are recorded some events, where two entities get confused and where also it comes to pass in an almost meteoric way, the ex-member of Corpo Diplomático - Carlos Gonçalves, "Ultravioleta" (voice), that is part of the formation that helps to suppress the lack of "Carlitos Police", stopped by military duty, when in the first parts of the concert of Lene Lovich in Porto and in Cascais, in the celebration of the first anniversary of fm radio show "Rock em Stock", on May of 1980.
The band gets loads of experience in this new breath, some of its elements included get the professional wallet threw the music union and the band does a great number of shows, some of great impact at the time, where beyond the already quoted, the following stand out:
- Wilko Johnson & The Solid Senders + Xutos & Pontapés in Pavilhão do Restelo, Lisbon. 
- Concert at the Escola Nautica de Paço d'Arcos, with production by Manuel Cardoso. (Tantra)
- Cheap Trick in Nave de Alvalade, Lisbon.
- Go Graal Blues Band in the head of the Clube Oriental de Lisboa.
- Concert at "Rock Rendez-Vous" club, Lisbon.
- Rock marathon of the newspaper "Musicalíssimo" in Pavilhão de Feiras do Cevadeiro, Vila Franca de Xira.
Between the end of 1981 and the beginning of 1982 came the deciding phase in the life of the ex Aqui d'el-Rock, now Mau-Mau, with the recording and edition of a single, which two themes revealed some of the imagination of the remaining four elements, Fernando, Serra, Oscar and Alberto. "Xangai" in side A, one theme built in setbacks which the tail is made without need for lyrics and "Vietsoul" in side B, which as the very name indicates is sung in english and counts with the special participation of João Allain (Go Graal Blues Band), in the guitar solo. The edition was done by the label "Rotação", property of the know radio host António Sérgio, that also signed the production and manifested once again his little consideration for the band, as he mixed it by himself with no presence of any band member, contradicting what had been stipulated. In fact this was his second act of little leisure towards the group, because years before he had spoken in a cowardly way, flaming declarations during one of his shows at Rádio Renascença. These two themes also served for inspiration to the television host Júlio Isidro, who placed them as a background to one of his dominical episodes in his television program "O Passeio dos Alegres", but worked as the song of a swan in the carrier itself.
Effectively the group was never able to assume the professionalism it proposed and trace a straight and definitive course, that made it go over the hardship and help itself stand in the portuguese musical mean, already small, confusing and in a phase of much competition. By that occasion also, accentuated the already notorious differences of expectations of life in the bosom of the elements of the collective, that deepened the growing deficit of articulation, of leadership and of ambition, primary causes to the inglorious and gradual dismemberment of Mau-Mau and the termination of the project in 1977.
From Aqui d'el-Rock we got much more than the scream - "Há que violentar o sistema!"
P. S. - About later connections to music of AdR's, elements, reference to the iniciative that Oscar and Alberto tried to develope soon after (1984/86), to Fernando iniciative, also in partnership with Alberto, under the name of Imortal Cancer (1987/90), to Carlitos “Police” Cabral iniciatives, as founder of the extinct band Margem Sul and as partner of a recording/production studio - Boom Estúdio, to the participation of Carlos “Ultravioleta” Gonçalves in the band Raindogs, as leading singer, to Zé Serra participation (at the end of 2005) in the recording of 4 themes by the band Clockwork Boys, including the classic “Há que violentar o sistema", and to the project "ha alma" conceived in 2006 by it's core - Fernando Gonçalves, Oscar Martins and Zé Serra.
Between mid 2009 and 2010 there was an attempt, that was not successful, to create a 2nd dynasty of AdR, called Aquidelrock II. Oscar Martins (vocals, bass), Zé Serra (drums), João Damásio (guitar and backing vocals), David Amaral (guitar and backing vocals) and Katy (backing vocals) were part of this cast. The work performed resulted in the recording of 3 songs - new versions of "Eu Não Sei" and "Quero Tudo " and an assemblage of "Dedicada (a Quem nos Rouba)" with "Há Que Violentar o Sistema"...that was named "Dedicada... ao Sistema". (These 3 songs are included in the streaming player on the "Extras", together with "covers" played by other bands).


Shows Inventory:

 29/04/1978 - Lisbon, Pav. of Clube Atlético de Campo de Ourique
 06/05/1978 - Cacia
 27/05/1978 - Barreiro, Casquilhos
 03/06/1978 - Leiria
 08/07/1978 - Lisbon, Coliseu ("Eddie & Hot Rods" 1st part)
 05/08/1978 - Faro, S. Luís Stadium
 29/09/1978 - Condeixa-a-Nova
 21/10/1978 - Covilhã
 18/11/1978 - Lisbon, Brown's Club
 24/11/1798 - Lisbon, Cine-Teatro da Encarnação
 03/02/1979 - Águeda
 10/02/1979 - Castelo Branco
 17/02/1979 - Almada, Canecão
 29/04/1979 - Tomar
 05/05/1979 - Lisbon, Liceu D. Pedro V
 12/05/1979 - Chaves
 26/05/1979 - Coimbra, Olivais
 23/02/1980 - Lisbon, Pav. of "Os Belenenses" ("Wilko Jonhson" 1st. part)
 18/04/1980 - Paço de Arcos, Nautic School
 25/04/1980 - Lisbon, Alameda da Universidade
 17/05/1980 - Oporto, Pav. of Infante de Sagres ("Lene Lovich" 1st. part)
 18/05/1980 - Cascais, Pav. of Dramático ("Lene Lovich" 1st. part)
 06/06/1980 - * Oporto, Pav. of Infante de Sagres ("Uriah Heep" 1st. part)
* The contract was paid but the show did not take place
 12/06/1980 - Lisbon, old F.I.L.
 14/11/1980 - Lisbon, Pav. of Alvalade ("Cheap Trick" 1st. part)
 03/04/1981 - Caldas da Rainha
 11/04/1981 - Lisbon, Clube Oriental de Lisboa
 23/04/1981 - Lisbon, Rock Rendez Vous
 11/07/1981 - Glória do Ribatejo
 18/12/1981 - Vila Franca de Xira (Mau-Mau)


Recordings:

 09/06/1978 - 1st. single; Arnaldo Trindade Studios, Lisbon
 09/08/1978 - Videoclip "Há Que Violentar o Sistema", RTP (The film was made in the ruins of an old palace next to the “Curry Cabral Hospital” in Lisbon)
 ??/??/1979 - 2nd single; Arnaldo Trindade Studios, Lisbon
 15, 16, 28/12/1981 & 04/01/1982 - "Mau-Mau" single; Arnaldo Trindade Studios, Lisbon


Other Appearances:

 13/03/1982 - Appearance at a “Rádio Comercial” show named "Febre de Sábado à Noite” recorded at Movie Theatre “Nimas”, Lisbon, (Mau-Mau)
 28/03/1982 - Appearance at an RTP (the Portuguese public TV network) show named "Passeio dos Alegres" recorded at Lumiar Studios, Lisbon (Mau-Mau)