Gentle waves lap the soft white sand. The limitless ocean fills the view as the sun slowly sinks below the horizon. As the day ends in blue and orange tones, the heat begins to subside, a sure sign that the slow evening migration from the beach will soon begin.
A pleasant, yet formidable music comes from the radio tuned into a frequency transmitted from Paris. Maybe it was written and recorded in the 70s, or maybe it has simply soaked in that aesthetic all the way down to the pauses. It doesn't really matter.
Delving deep to explore the roots of Brazil’s musical tradition, the Camarão Orkestra has tapped into Candomblé and its rhythms. Born on the drums of enslaved Africans in a ritual that invokes numerous deities, they lay the foundation for this new album, Nação África.
The eleven musicians, guided by Amanda Roldan’s silky voice and guest appearance by Anthony Joseph (“Canto De Bahia”), explore and embrace the murmuring polyrhythm of Brazilian percussion instruments, vibrating berimbau and squeaking cuícas, pouring their tightly-wound funk bass into the groove and letting their jazz fly free, together and solo.
The seven nonchalant tracks get your hips swaying, whether you’re in a comfortable armchair or surrounded by other dancers. They take your mind far away, on a journey paved by analog synths with Fender Rhodes crystals to the horizon where the sun’s last glimmer has finally faded away. The brass section’s shiny bells, valves and keys reflect the images and ambiance of the soft Brazilian night air.
Agathe Iracema - back vocals on “Canto Da Bahia” & “Copacabana”
Morgane Migliari - back vocals on “Copacabana”
Sabrina Mouassi - back vocals on “Copacabana”
Anthony Joseph - spoken word on “Canto Da Bahia”
All compositions by CAMARÃO ORKESTRA
except “Canto de Iemanjá“ by Baden Powell & Vinicius de Moraes
Lyrics by A. Roldan
Spoken word on “Canto Da Bahia” by A. Joseph
Recorded & Mixed by Viktor Gourarier & Pierre Dachery at Studio Prado (Paris - FR)
Mastered by Frank Merritt at The Carvery (London - UK)
Distributed by The Pusher Distribution
Executive Producer Pascal Rioux @ Favorite Recordings
Artwork by Virgile Raffaëlli
"Kokoroko" is an impressive high-energy album that captures all of the talent and excitement of the current UK Jazz scene. The playing is fantastic, and the band is incredibly tight, incredibly strong. Highly recommended... rikm
Originally recorded in 1976, the jazz-funk group's debut represents a vital piece of not just Marcos Resende’s history, but the history of Brazilian music itself. Bandcamp Album of the Day Jan 27, 2021