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With feet planted firmly in the traditions of Afro-Brazilian music, Caravela’s heart is full of the soaring creativity and fervour that comes with improvised jazz. Weaving impressionistic Portuguese melodies around vibrant South American and West African-inspired rhythms, their music is sensitive and full of passion, energy and life. Like the vessels they take their name from, Caravela are setting out to explore territories unknown. Uncovering music that others have left behind or simply long-forgotten, they’re giving a new voice to beautiful songs that should not remain silent.

“…Caravela were very much the real deal with this passionate, emotional and thoroughly convincing performance that mixed technical excellence with a raw, emotive, authenticity.”
Ian Mann, The Jazz Man


The title of this Brazilian maracatu-influenced original song depicts the landscape: “mara” (maracatu) “guês” (português) trying to convey the mixture of Brazilian and Portuguese influences in our music. “Mar” also means “sea” in Portuguese and the song is about the feeling of sailing as Portuguese people travelled in Caravelas to find new places and cultures along south american and west african coasts.

A Nível De (live)

Live at the BBC Late Night Proms at The Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall.

This is a humorous story about two couples who complain that their marriages aren’t going so well. They try to swap partners, but that doesn’t seem to help either, and they end up stuck in another bad marriage… Composition by João Bosco, audio property of BBC.

Por Riba Se Ceifa O Pão

Inspired by the context of the Portuguese southern countryside, this folk song is originally sung by women at the end of a long day of work in the farms. It depicts the hard life of these people but it also conveys their sense of resilience and hope for a better life.

Jul 9
Duo @ Toulouse Lautrec
Kennington, London
May 20
Beer Festival @ The Ivy House
Nunhead, London
May 18
The Watson's General Telegraph
East Dulwich, London
May 8
Duo @ Toulouse Lautrec
Kennington, London
Apr 2
Juju's (postponed, tbc)
Shoreditch, London
Mar 26
The Step
Bounds Green, London
Feb 26
The Omnibus
Clapham, London
Feb 5
Royal Albert Pub
New Cross, London
Jan 28
Basement Tapes - Paper Dress
Hackney, London
Jan 10
Cable Cafe
Oval, London

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