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 jellyfish 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 write and give a new voice to 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
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.
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.
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.