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About Caravela

Contemporary world music ensemble that explores the musical traditions from afro-brazilian, portuguese and west african cultures.
Latin jazz band
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With feet planted firmly in the traditions of Afro-Brazilian music, Caravela’s heart is full of the soaring creativity and fervour that comes with improvised jazz. Weaving melodies around vibrant South American and West African-inspired rhythms, their music is sensitive and full of passion, energy and life. Like the physalia physalis they take their name from, Caravela are setting out to explore territories unknown. Uncovering music that others have left behind or simply long-forgotten, they write and give a new voice to songs that should not remain silent.

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6th Anniversary
This act has been working with Encore for over 6 years
Jazz, Latin jazz, World music, African music, Bossa nova, Brazilian music, Choro, Cuban music, Cumbia, Latin, Salsa, Samba, Jazz fusion, Modern jazz, Originals
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

Bossa Nova:
Corcovado - Antonio Carlos Jobim
How Insensitive - Antonio Carlos Jobim
The Girl From Ipanema - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Wave - Tom Jobim
So Nice (Summer Samba) - Bebel Gilberto
Waters of March - Tom Jobim
Photograph - Tom Jobim
Water To Drink - Tom Jobim
A Felicidade - Tom Jobim
Latin & Samba & Brazilian Popular Music:
Mas Que Nada - Sérgio Mendes
Flor De Lis - Djavan
Eu Só Quero Um Xodó - Gilberto Gil
Feira De Mangaio - Clara Nunes
Canto Das Três Raças - Paulo César Pinheiro
Do Jeito Que O Rei Mandou - João Nogueira
Maça Do Rosto - Djavan
Aquele Abraço - Gilberto Gil
É D'oxúm - Gerónimo
Samba Dobrado - Djavan
Nereci - Djavan
Argumento - Paulinho da Viola
Fato Consumado - Djavan
El Cuarto De Tula - Buena Vista Social Club
Chan Chan -- Buena Vista Social Club
El Preso - Fruko y sus tesos
De Camino A La Vereda - - Buena Vista Social Club
La Negra Tomasa - Caifanes
La Malanga - Eddie Palmieri
Guantanamera - José Fernandez Diaz
Sabor A Mi - Los Panchos
Moliendo Cafe - Panama Cardoon
Berimbau - Baden Powell
Carinhoso - Pixinguinha
Song For My Father - Horace Silver
Besame Mucho - Consuelo Velázquez
Bye Bye Blackbird - Nina Simone
Beautiful Love - Bill Evans
All The Things You Are - Ella Fitzgerald
One Note Samba - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Autumn Leaves - Frank Sinatra
Summertime - Ella Fitzgerald
It Could Happen To You - Shirley Bassey
What Is This Thing Called Love - Billie Holiday
Softly As In The Morning Sunrise - Jazz Swing
Nature Boy - Jazz Ballad
Don’t Know Why - Norah Jones
All Of Me - Michael Buble
Fly Me To The Moon - Frank Sinatra
I‘ve Got You Under My Skin - Frank Sinatra
Misty - Erroll Garner
You Don’t Know What Love Is - Ella Fitzgerald
Cry Me A River - Julie London
My Funny Valentine - Chet Baker
Inútil Paisagem
A Rã
Água De Beber
O Ronco da Cuica
Ganga Zumbi
Valsa do Pequeno Amor
A Nível De
Upa Neguinho
Coisa Feita
Expresso 2222
Toda a Menina Baiana
Back in Bahia
Zera a Reza
Eu Só Quero Um Xodó
Feira de Mangaio
Canto das 3 raças
Do Jeito Que o Rei Mandou
Calo de Estimação
Janaina Cantou
Maça do Rosto
Aquele Abraço
É d'Oxúm
Samba Dobrado
É Preciso Muito Amor
Mas Que Nada
Fato Consumado
Zum zum zum
Lapidu na Bo
Tchápu na Bandera
El Cuarto de Tula
Chan Chan
El preso
De Camino a La Vereda
La Negra Tomasa
La malanga
plus originals
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Versatility and highly skilled musicians. We are able to provide quite a few different types of musical set: wether you are looking for a relaxed atmosphere or a high energy performance, we have got that covered!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, Union Chapel, Jazz Café, Cala Gonone Jazz Festival, just to name a few.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Gilberto Gil, Tom Jobim, Elis Regina, Sergio Mendes, Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa, Mayra Andrade, Cesaria Evora, Mario Lucio

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Do you have different line-up options?

We can perform as a duo, trio, quartet and quintet. We can also have a horns section if required.

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

“We always try our best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let us know.”

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Yes, we can provide an Ipod.

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually set up about 1 to 1.5 hours before the performance time. As soon as our PA is set up we can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for our live performance!

Can you roam around while you perform?

Unfortunately not.

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

Our set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests dance and have an amazing time. However, we're definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event.

Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?

Our PA system is based on individual amplifiers and is included in the quote.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If a song isn't included in our song list there may still be a chance we already know it. If there is a special song you'd like us to learn we are happy to do this for you. There is a fee of £30 for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc.


Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£1315
Up to 2 hours£1875
Up to 3 hours£2250
Wedding ceremony3 musicians
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
Drinks reception3 musicians
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner3 musicians
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception. - 2 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served.


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From customers:

Nikki W
3 years ago, for a Birthday party in Suffolk
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5 out of 5

Thank you SO much for all your brought to the party, your vocal expertise, energy & enthusiasm were infectious! Such a great night - we were blown away! Blessings Nikki x

Zara T
4 years ago, for a Wedding in London
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5 out of 5

Caravela were such a special part of our wedding day, and we were so impressed by their professionalism and commitment to making the music absolutely spot on. They set a lively and atmospheric mood with their set list of Bossa Nova and Jazz, and later in the evening played their take on some of our requested tunes including Jewish celebration music and other more contemporary songs. Caravela’s musicianship is some of the best on the scene and we were so thrilled that they were a part of our wedding. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them and hope to be able to book them again for our next party!

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