Carnaval del Pueblo returns

Alongside Mexican and Bolivian stages and a Salsa World Record Attempt at this year’s edition, the Brasilian Fever Stage features Leandra Varanda/Sambaviva, Adriano Trindade, Tribo, Elisangela da Bahia and Zeu Azevedo, and looks set to be a fantastic celebration!

Check out this quick interview with Leandra Varanda:

You are Brazilian and can you tell us how and when you came to the UK?  What have been the biggest highlights of your career so far in terms of live shows and recording?
I came to the UK in June 2004 and since have been working in collaborations with many bands including Sambaviva and great samba and choro band Caratinga. We have performed in venues such as the Welsh Proms, the Eden Project, Royal Festival Hall, National Theatre, City of London Festival etc.

What does it mean to you to be headlining Carnaval del Pueblo –Braslian Fever Stage at the largest Latin American festival in Europe? Have you ever played at the festival before?
It is great to be headlining Carnival del Pueblo, it’s going to be my first time and I am very much looking forward to it. I know it is huge!

Do you have anything special lined up for the show?
I want to play a few marchinhas de carnival, as well as classic samba enredos from past Brazilian Carnivals. It should be fun.

You’re renowned for your live performances with the UK’s premier Brazilian samba band, Sambaviva. How long have you been playing music to audiences for and how do you keep things fresh?
I keep things fresh by constantly researching for new repertoire. My inspiration comes from great interpreters such as Carmen Miranda, Elis Regina, Clara Nunes, Bete Carvalho, among others.

Have you ever been affected by racism in your musical career?
Not at all.

How many records have you released, both solo and with the choro/samba group Caratinga and which are your favourite ones and why? And most successful.
I have released one album called Na ponta do pe with Choro and Samba band, Caratinga. The album is a great mixture of Traditional music and our own compositions, including two of my own, ‘Retalhos’ and ‘Voa Voa’.

At present I am putting my heart and soul into my new solo album, which will be a compilation of my own compositions in partnership with fantastic musicians such as Jonathan Preiss and Marcelo Andrade


Sunday 1st August 2010

Carnaval Del Pueblo
Fun, food and entertainment plus Mexican, Bolivian and a Brazilian Stages, with Maracatu Estrela, Zeu Azevedo, Tribo, Adriano Trindade, Leandra Varanda and Elisangela da Bahia.

And you can carry on with the La Bomba official Carnaval del Pueblo afterparty at Ministry of Sound! See here.

10am – 10pm, FREE
Burgess Park, Chumleigh Street – SE5 020 7928 4277

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