O Rastro do Canto (Azul, 2008)
Brazilian band Ungambikkula embraces global culture and spirituality in its latest album, O Rastro do Canto. The large ensemble based in Sao Paulo includes masterful multi-instrumentalists an superb vocalists. Their beautifully crafted melodies are an inspiring mix of Afro-Brazilian, Australian Aboriginal, Indian mantras, rock and classical sounds. While some pieces are tranquil and thoughtful, other passages have an epic nature with build ups that recall the golden era of progressive rock.
The current line-up is: Ana Luiza Guedes on violin and vocals; Du Marciano on drums and percussion; Érica Manfredini on cello and percussion; Estela Luzon on bass, vocals, didjeridu and zither; Letícia Rodrigues on keyboards and vocals; Pavitra Shakti Shankar on vocals, lyrics, arrangements, tabla and didjeridu; Premanjoti Devi on vocals, tambura, didjeridu and percussion; Saraswati Dassi on vocals, cajón and guitar; and Vinadhara Vassuprem on guitar, sitar, cajón, jembe, vocals and arrangements.
As part of its philosophy Ungambikkula donates part of the income gotten from concerts and CD sales to Brazilian social entities.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.