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Exploding out of the rich cultural mix in the melting-pot of London’s underground music scene comes the half-Brazilian, half-British, Afro-Brazilian funk sound of Saravah Soul. Fronted by fiery break dancer Otto Nascarella, the intensity of their live shows has earned them a reputation for wild performances and a rapidly expanding fan base. Their self-titled first album caused an international stir amongst record labels eager to sign them, and the band seems set on an unstoppable rise.

Formed by Otto Nascarella, Saravah Soul was created to showcase a highly addictive style of late 60’s Brazilian soul-funk and samba, to create an exciting and original live flavour. Talented front man Nascarella, from Curitiba Brazil, combines the showmanship of James Brown with modern breakdance styles, whilst playing guitar and pandeiro; bass virtuoso Matheus Nova has performed with the likes of Brazilian samba divas Elza Soares and Alcione. Kiris Houston on Keys and guitar has worked with top soul artists including Jocelyn Brown and Estelle. Eduardo Marques is one of the most in demand Brazilian drummers in London, and works with top Brazilian artists, such as Ed Motta. Percussionist/flautist Jack Yglesias is legendary on the contemporary funk scene, having played with The Poets of Rhythm, Lee Fields, The Soul Destroyers, Quantic Soul Orchestra and Spanky Wilson. The horn section is led by the sax player Marcelo Andrade, who plays also on Jazzinho (freestyle records).

Saravah Soul’s debut 7″ single “Nao Posso Te Levar A Serio” was released in February 2008, followed by the album in March. The official album launch party was a festive, samba-fuelled affair at the Jazz Café in London, whipping up a frenzy with visceral Brazilian percussion and complete with a Rio Carnival-style march through the crowd.

“Cultura Impura” (release date: 02.07.2010) is the title of the second album from Saravah Soul. This vibrant record sees the band channelling 60s Brazil via 21st century East London. The first single “Alforria” talks about freedom and immigration based on the real experiences of Nascarella when he was refused entry into the UK. Elsewhere on the album you’ll find Ethiopian melodies pushed up against an old school soul rhythm section, psychedelic carnival sounds with afro-beat and even a gutsy frevo version of Jimi Hendrix’ immortal hit, “Fire”. By mixing the traditional Afro-Brazilian rhythms like jongo and coco, and instruments like pifano (bamboo flutes), afoxé and berimbau, with highlife and afro-beat, along with the down-to-earth nitty-gritty of their own life experiences, Saravah Soul conjure something totally new and fresh.

Between them the Saravah Soul members’ extra-curricular activities have seen them play with the cream of the world’s musical talent, including Kylie Minogue, Heliocentrics, Jazzinho, QSO and many more.

www.myspace.com/saravahsoul

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