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Carwyn Ellis & Rio 18 - London


New River Studios

199 Eade Road N4 1DN London

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Carwyn Ellis & Rio 18
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Friday 9th August 2019
New River Studios, London
£12 adv | 8pm - 11pm | 18+

On sale Wednesday 12th June at 10am
Carwyn Ellis & Rio 18 - the first solo release for the Colorama frontman Carwyn Ellis under his own name - release their debut album, Joia! on Banana & Louie Records on Friday June 28th 2019. Recorded in Rio de Janeiro, Caernarfon and London, the album is a bold, innovative and colourful collection of songs sung in Welsh combined with distinct pop and Latin American flavours drawn from Bossa Nova, Cumbia, Samba and Tropicalismo styles.

MOJO (4/5 stars): “The results deserve to be the feelgood hit of summer 2019: right from the ragga-cumbia of opener Unman, with its surf guitar and retro synths, it hits the spot. In a word: lovely“ ★★★★

UNCUT (8/10): “From Caernarfon to Carnival – the Colorama frontman recruits a band of crack Brazilian musicians for an album of lusty Welsh tropicalia. A beautifully hazy album.”

SHINDIG ( 4/5 stars): “A joyful globalist soundtrack for your summe“r ★★★★

LAUREN LAVERNE (While You Were Sleeping track of the day): “A little bit of Welsh language bossa to start the day? Why not? They’ve even got one of the tickly monkeys in the background... just LOVE it!”

HUW STEPHENS, BBC 6 Music: “That was Tywydd Hafen Iâ from the album - ice cream weather, sounds like it as well. SO good! Vibrant and irresistible.”

Gilles Peterson, BBC 6 Music : “One of the best records I’ve heard all week…all year”

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