‘Curupira’ is the 2nd single by German jazz ensemble Muito Kaballa Power Ensemble as part of their upcoming album ‘Mamari’ on 28 May. Curupira is a mythological creature that was known for being able to communicate with the inhabitants of the forest, notably alarming them about danger.
The song starts with the sounds of an awakening rainforest slowly flowing into a lively groove of the jungle, that musically depicts all its power and diversity. However, the forest is burning and we are calling Curupira to come help us. The Baritone solo depicts the arrival of the demonic figure. The jungle sounds appear again but are quickly drowned out by the arrival of humans and the sounds of machines cutting the trees. Vocals and spoken word by Nora Beisel.
The remix by German-Ghanaian producer Lee Bass (Gato Preto) takes Curupira to a different level. The drop is definitely another wake up call. While making you dance, the remix puts the message right to the front alarming the listener about the ecological collapse.
This single serves as a fundraiser to support a reforestation project in Brazil – Resgate Climático. To actively protect and reforest land in Bahia that once used to be pristine rainforest. Under the current political circumstances and the record wildfires in the country, their work has become more important than ever.
Brussels based global electronic producer Rafael Aragon made an amazing remix of ‘Mamari’, the single & title song of German jazz groove band Muito Kaballa Power Ensemble.
This remix takes the listener on a dreamy journey. Starting with birds in nature, passing by dubby pianos and beautiful synth melodies, the heavy groove inevitably hushes you into trance. The remix album will be released at the end of June.
Buy the single here, or streaming on all digital platforms.
Muito Kaballa Power Ensemble is very happy to show you the ‘Making of Mamari‘. German videomaker Denis Eickmeier followed them into the recording studio and produced this little video, which really captures the vibe of the recording time and gives some insights in how the album and the Muito Kaballa project evolved. Love goes out to Ingo Hermes for the beautiful cover art and layout!
1st single ‘Mamari’ is out now and available on most platforms (check our bandcamp), 2nd single ‘Curupira’ releases on 24.04 and the 2LP album will launch on 29.05 on Rebel Up Records, as well as followed by an electronic remixes by Euro & Afro producers in the early summer.
Here our latest Rebel Up show on BRUZZ radio, videostream and audio. We did interviews with American-Filipino global bass artist Gingee from Los Angeles, California, German band Muito Kaballa Power Ensemble and songs by Alsarah and Turma Do Bençao with Batida, tune in below.
here is our new show for March ’21 for Radio Campus Bxl & Rhythm Passport with 3,5 hours of new global sounds.
4 songs of the day, new Alsarah song that goes with a book, new single by German jazz band Muito Kaballa Power Ensemble and 2 fiery live songs by Angel Bat Dawid & Tha Brothahood.
Our albums of the month are by David Walters & guests via Heavenly Sweetness, contemporary Senegalese music from Wau Wau Collectif on Sahel Sounds and hypnotic Roma Epirotika folk music by Tassos Chalkias via Radio Martiko.
Followed by albums by female Palestinian singer Samah Mustafa and her vocal experiments in traditions, new Turkish rock & synth pop album by Altin Gün via Glitterbeat and animalistic punk jazz by Belgian quartet Echoes Of Zoo. More electronic, new albums by IKOQWE (Batida & Ikonoklasta)with afro tuga vibes on Brussels label Crammed, taken further by Guedra Guedra’s fresh album of Moroccan Amazigh bass sounds on On The Corner label and 2 EP’s by Norwegian ethno-skwee producer Center of the Universe and Lisboa’s afro tuga afrohouse duo Studio Bros.
The song ‘Mamari’ is the title song to the forthcoming album of the same name by Muito Kaballa Power Ensemble from Cologne, Germany, which will be released at end of May on outernational Brussels label Rebel Up Records. It represents the vast musical development of the Muito Kaballa project since the release of the first album ‘Everything is Broke’ in 2019 on German label Switchstance Recordings.
Muito Kaballa, also known as Niklas Mündemann, started out as a one-man show on the streets and quickly gained attention through his loopstation performances. After the recording of the first album Niklas Mündemann wanted to move away from the entertainer image and explore new musical ideas. When he met musician Jan Janzen, the two instantly decided to create a band and take the project to the next level with heavy influences of afrobeat, jazz, funk and grooves. The band now consists members Nora Beisel on vocals, André van der Heide on drums, Leonard Gaab on percusscions, Marie Tjong-Ayong on trumpet and flugelhorn (recently replaced by Lilli Thomas on trumpet), Till Weise on bass, Benjamin Schneider on guitar, Tim von Malotki on baritone sax, Jan Janzen on keys and Niklas Mündemann on tenor sax, flute and synthesizer.
Till Weise, bassist and composer of Mamari; “When I first wrote Mamari, I wanted to create a song that I could play alone while singing along to it. Mamari is a song with a groove heart that moves forward fast and at the same time stumbles. Like riding a bike with bent wheels or like the way how camels move, which is called the pace gait, or in arabic: Mamari.”
You can buy the single or their Bandcamp or listen via Soundcloud. The video will be premiered on friday 12.03 at 14:00 Belgian/German time.