Tracing the Aboriginal Songs’ Roots


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 and 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.