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Saravah Soul - Cultura Impura - out on Tru Thoughts

Saravah Soul Cultura Impura
Saravah Soul
- Cultura Impura
(CD/2xLP+CD) Tru Thoughts TRUCD/LP215, 2010-07-05

Exploding out of the cross-cultural melting-pot of London’s underground music scene comes the half-Brazilian, half-British Saravah Soul (Tru Thoughts Records) with their own special blend of Afro-Brazilian rhythms, 60's soul and Afrobeat. Their first album was an internationally acclaimed sensation that took them touring all over Europe and Brazil with an intense, tightly honed live show, led by frenetic dancer and frontman Otto Nascarella and complete with carnival percussion parades, a festival favorite Now set to release their highly anticipated second album Cultura Impura, a deeper journey into their highly original sound, Saravah Soul is a musical phenomenan that must be seen and heard to be believed!

Saravah Soul Cultura Impura
Saravah Soul
- Cultura Impura
(CD/2xLP+CD) Tru Thoughts TRUCD/LP215, 2010-07-05

Tracklisting CD :
01. Janaina
02. Funk De Umbigada
03. Cachorro De Igrejinha
04. Mussum
05. Milk And Mangoes
06. Alforria (Album Version)
07. Dá Ne Mim
08. Fire
09. Mestiço
10. Se Da Dó
11. Seu Problema
12. The Truth Is Hard To Come By

Tracklisting 2XLP :
A1. Janaina
A2. Funk De Umbigada
A3. Cachorro De Igrejinha
B1. Mussum
B2. Milk And Mangoes
B3. Alforria (Album Version)
C1. Fire
C2. Dá Ne Mim
C3. Mestiço
C4. Se Da Dó
D1. Seu Problema
D2. The Truth Is Hard To Come By
D3. Mussum (Extended Version)

Links :

Info :
'Cultura Impura' is the second album from half Brazilian, half British, London based purveyors of Afro-Brazilian funk, Saravah Soul. This vibrant record sees the band channelling '60s Brazil via 21st Century East London.

The first single "Alforria" has been played by Bestival's Rob Da Bank on his BBC Radio 1 show, and supported by many other tastemakers including the BBC Funk & Soul Show. It will be released as a free download on on 27th May through to 5th July, and linked to on various blogs/websites, building great awareness around the album.

"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's 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.

Saravah Soul's acclaimed self-titled debut album (2008) received diverse radio support from the likes of The Unabombers (XFM), Craig Charles (BBC 6Music) and Gilles Peterson (BBC Radio 1).

"Great track, cool recording and very dynamic! Will play for sure" - Nick Luscombe (Flomotion)
"Yea this is great !!!! Outdoor festivals & sunshine vibes all da way" - DJ Simbad
"I think this band just gets better and better. Will support in clubs/radio" - Huw Ellis (Knowfoowl)
"Love this! Great to have Saravah back - definitely on the playlist for Vibe Bar and Big Chill Bar this weekend" – DJ Gilla (First Word)
"Killer Afrobeat here from Saravah Soul. Can't wait to hear the rest of the album" - Erik Schneider (Giant Step – USA)
"Great Brazilian Afrobeat dancer" - Global SoulJah
PRESS – Reviews confirmed in Songlines; The Crack; Jungle Drums; Source; Leeds Guide; Clash; DJ Mag; iDJ; Vibrations (FR); Shook; + many more pitched strongly, tbc.
Features tbc in Shook; Mondomix; Jungle Drums; Straight No Chaser
ONLINE - Meme Magazine; Gondwana Sound; M-la-music;; Mondomix
RADIO PLAY – BBC Radio 1 (Rob Da Bank); BBC 6 Music (Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show); BBC Radio 3 (World On 3); BBC Scotland (Jazz House); Radio 2 (Mark Lamarr); resonance fm; Flomotion Radio; Juice FM; Radio Reverb; FIP; Radio Nova; BBC Solent + many more regional, online and international stations
An incredible live band with a unique carnival vibe, Saravah Soul play regular gigs in London and will be heading off on a UK tour to promote this album release.
London Album Launch Party scheduled for August.


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EMU EMU ·  02 July 2010, 13:14


Russ Russ ·  03 July 2010, 20:32

For anyone after more information on Saravah Soul we have just done an interview with Otto from the band over at Sounds and Colours. Have a read at

felix felix ·  20 September 2010, 11:51

if u would like some still photos of nottingham nite of latin music please contact felix 07762037305 or e-mail to in your forward full name, address and postcode for a dvd to be posted to u. i enjoyed your gig in nottingham.look forward to u all soon. felix la photographer. thanks

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