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New debut self-titled vinyl EP at: caravelaband.bandcamp.com

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 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.

“Three great tracks!” – Giles Peterson
“Awesome debut EP” – Mr Bongo
“Beautiful!” – Shy One (NTS, Radar Radio, Balaami)
“Really into this, want to hear more” – Errol Anderson (NTS, Boiler Room)

“…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

Verde Água

Built on an ijexá rhythm from Bahia in the north east of Brazil, a spiritual style often used at a candomblé ceremony. The lyrics explore that spirituality and feeling of purity and honesty.

Na Terero

Literally meaning on the terrace, this is a batuku style piece from Cape Verde. Traditionally a communal call and response style sung by groups of women on the terrace of a house to share and support them with their problems. The piece builds on the percussive rhythm with soaring vocals sung in creole that discuss the value of keeping these traditions alive in the modern world.

Maraguês

A maracatu style track from the state of Pernambuco in Brazil. Often used as a carnival rhythm in the region, we reimagined this rhythm into a modern context, with Portuguese lyrics over a tight groove that discuss the feeling of belonging and exploration, a reflection of our approach to our music.

Date
Venue
Location
Apr 24
The Jazz Café - Tropicália Revolution
London, UK
May 18
The Basement
York, UK
May 19
Newcastle Arts Centre
Newcastle, UK
May 21
Guild Sessions
Lincoln, UK
May 26
Stroud Jazz Festival
Stroud, UK
May 29
Jazz at Spotted Dog
Birmingham, UK
May 30
Anteros Arts Foundation
Norwich, UK
Dec 16
Jam In a Jar
Turnpike Lane, London
Dec 10
Sunday Buzz @ Arts Depot
Finchley, London
Nov 29
St. Lawrence Jewry
City, London

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