Â Gentle waves lap the soft white sand. The limitless ocean fills the view as the sun slowly sinks below the horizon. As the day ends in blue and orange tones, the heat begins to subside, a sure sign that the slow evening migration from the beach will soon begin. A pleasant, yet formidable music comes from the radio tuned into a frequency transmitted from Paris. Maybe it was written and recorded in the 70s, or maybe it has simply soaked in that aesthetic all the way down to the pauses. It doesn't really matter. Delving deep to explore the roots of Brazilâ€™s musical tradition, the CamarÃ£o Orkestra has tapped into CandomblÃ© and its rhythms. Born on the drums of enslaved Africans in a ritual that invokes numerous deities, they lay the foundation for this new album, NaÃ§Ã£o Ãfrica. The eleven musicians, guided by Amanda Roldanâ€™s silky voice and guest appearance by Anthony Joseph (â€œCanto De Bahiaâ€), explore and embrace the murmuring polyrhythm of Brazilian percussion instruments, vibrating berimbau and squeaking cuÃcas, pouring their tightly-wound funk bass into the groove and letting their jazz fly free, together and solo. The seven nonchalant tracks get your hips swaying, whether youâ€™re in a comfortable armchair or surrounded by other dancers. They take your mind far away, on a journey paved by analog synths with Fender Rhodes crystals to the horizon where the sunâ€™s last glimmer has finally faded away. The brass sectionâ€™s shiny bells, valves and keys reflect the images and ambiance of the soft Brazilian night air.
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