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London, England, United Kingdom | INDIE

London, England, United Kingdom | INDIE
Band World Latin


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"CD Review - Caratinga"

A skilful team of Latin and British musicians, Caratinga was formed to display and share their mutual love of Brazilian styles. This impressive debut features numbers by the country's greatest composers from the 1900's to the present day, from early Brazilian Tangos by Ernesto Nazareth to classic choros from the 1930s and 40s. A superb example of a cross-cultural exchange of ideas and talent.
Stand-out track: Brigas Nunca Mais - Musician magazine (UK)

"Brazil:The Magazine of Brazilian Music & Culture"

“terrific music; terrific playing”
- Daniella Thompson

"Promoter Feedback"

“Thank you all so much for such a wonderful night’s entertainment. It was magical. I looked around the hall a couple of times during the performance and all I saw was a sea of transfixed, happy faces. We have put on quite a few of these shows now and I have never seen one of our audiences so obviously thrilled. Comments we have received since Friday include –
“You’ve done it again, haven’t you?”
“Best yet”
“My son and daughter-in-law go all over the place to concerts, Eric Clapton, the lot, and they said it was the best concert they had ever been to.”
- [Lowdham, Notts]

"Live Review - Corsham Festival"

Caratinga bring together two rich and intertwined Brazilian traditions in a festival of bliss ... they brought Corsham's own festival of art to a jubilant conclusion.

Benjamin Parkes

- Wiltshire Times & Chippenham News

"Live Review - All Saints' Church, Welborne"

05 November 2007

Brazil: an enormous country with a monumental musical contribution to match.

From that vast multi-cultural melting pot has sprung forth choro, bossa nova... oh, and samba, probably the purest manifestation of unbridled joy on the planet.

Who'd have thought the parish church in one of Norfolk's smaller villages would ever reverberate to the kind of rhythms that make Rio and the rest tick? But it did. And for that, those of us who had the pleasure of being there owe our undying gratitude to Caratinga.


Foremost in creating the thrill factor at Friday's performance was mandolin player Anselmo Netto, a musician of awesome talent and effortless dexterity. At times, the sound of the strings on his instrument stabbed the evening air with its ferocity, yet at others the notes simply trickled down with the gentleness of raindrops on a windowpane.

A concert to set the pulse racing.
- Eastern Daily Press

"Promoter Feedback"

“Listening to this band is like being dipped in chocolate over and over again! Sweet chocolate, dark chocolate and chocolate with those unusual flavours like chilli and cardamom - stuff you don't expect to be amazing but somehow just is!”

Live & Local
- Live & Local


Caratinga "Na Ponta Do Pe" (Camus Records 2008)
Provisional release date 01/06/2008

Caratinga "Caratinga" (2004) (CD, 12 tracks)
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*** STOP PRESS ***

New dates announced for Autumn '08 - Visit Calendar for details.

Caratinga on BBC Radio 3 (Online and Nationwide FM & DAB in the UK) 2nd June at 23:15 BST/18:15 EST. Lopa Kothari World Music show. Listen online for 1 week after the show at

"Caratinga bring together two rich and intertwined Brazilian traditions in a festival of bliss." [Wiltshire Times]

Caratinga is an exhilarating blend of infectious Brazilian rhythms, lyrical melodies, delicate acoustic interplay and sparkling improvisation - six great musicians from Brazil and the UK updating Brazil’s choro and samba tradition.

Caratinga features the incredible mandolin and percussion of Anselmo Netto (Jazzinho), percussion genius Adriano Adewale Itauna (Antonio Forcione, Modeste), and star clarinetist Idris Rahman (Reem Kelani, Soothsayers, Zoe Rahman).

Based in London, they have played at major venues and events across the UK including the Royal Festival Hall Foyer, the Royal National Theatre's "Watch This Space" festival, the Eden Project, and the Barbican Centre's Brazil:Brasil festival.

Caratinga play music rooted in Brazil's choro and samba traditions; the group features superb musicians playing all of the traditional instruments associated with that music, such as the bandolim (Brazilian mandolin), cavaquinho (the Brazilian ukelele), the seven-string guitar and pandeiro (tambourine).

The band’s first CD "Caratinga" was released in 2005, and the follow-up "Na Ponta Do Pe”, featuring stunning original songs and instrumental music alongside Caratinga's unique interpretations of the music of Chico Buarque, Radames Gnattali and others, is due for release in June 2008, accompanied by live dates across the UK.

To stay up to date with Caratinga's news, shows and more, visit

Leandra Varanda
Leandra is from Sao Paulo, Brazil and paid her dues singing in numerous bars and clubs in Sao Paulo’s Vila Olimpia district, taking inspiration along the way from great names in Brazilian music such as Elis Regina, Joao Gilberto and Marisa Monte. Na Ponta Do Pe sees Leandra getting back to her roots and singing the sambas and other styles that she grew up with. Na Ponta Do Pe also showcases Leandra’s songwriting, with two great new tracks Retalhos and Voa, Voa.

Anselmo Netto
Mandolin, Percussion
From Salvador in Brazil’s northeast, Anselmo is a true virtuoso. Following a successful career touring and recording in Brazil for many years, he moved to London a couple of years ago, and since then, he’s toured everywhere from Moscow to the Montreux Jazz Festival, and been a special guest on Guy Barker’s World Cafe on the BBC World Service. He’s also frequently to be found playing with artists including Hamish Stuart and Guida de Palma’s Lisbon-based Jazzinho; with whom he was featured on the Ed Motta-produced Atlas (2005).

Adriano Adewale
Adriano is from Sao Paulo. He moved to London in 2000 and formed his first UK band Sambura, releasing the album Cru. He is widely known as part of the Antonio Forcione Quartet with which he has performed all over the world. His recording credits include three albums and a DVD with Forcione, Netsayi Chigwendere’s Chimurenga Soul, Zoe Rahman’s Melting Pot and Madagascan guitarist Modeste’s Fomba.

Jonathan Preiss
7-string guitar
A native Londoner, Jonathan’s background is originally in jazz and classical music, and he played for many years with classical group the London Guitar Trio. He fell in love with samba and choro about ten years ago, took up the Brazilian seven-stringed guitar and eventually formed Caratinga. His recording credits include Caratinga’s eponymous first album, and a critically acclaimed CD Above the Bellow with celtic accordionist Luke Daniels. Jonathan’s also performed with Netsayi Chigwendere (London Jazz Festival 2006) and Tina Grace.

Felipe Karam
Cavaquinho, Violin, Rabeca
Felipe is from the city of Porto Alegre, in Brazil’s southernmost state of Rio Grande do Sul. In Porto Alegre he played with the group Cafe Acustico, whilst since relocating to London he has played with, amongst others, Capital do Samba, Zeu Azevedo’s Forrodaki and singer/songwriter (and longtime Nitin Sawnhey collaborator) Tina Grace. On Na Ponta Do Pe Felipe plays his first instrument, the cavaquinho, and is also featured on violin and rabeca (Brazilian folk fiddle).

Idris Rahman
Clarinet, Mixing
Anglo-Bangladeshi clarinettist Idris Rahman has played across Europe with his own group Soothsayers, as well as with artists including Zimbabwean singer/songwriter Netsayi Chigwendere and Palestinian singer Reem Kelani. Idris also mixed Na Ponta Do Pe; his mixing credits include two albums nominated for the UK’s Nationwide Mercury Music Prize, Zoe Rahman’s Melting Pot (nominated in 2006) and Basquiat Strings’ eponymous Basquiat Strings (nominated in 2006).

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