Don Carlos with Dub Vision and Boca do Rio
Don Carlos (born Euvin Spencer) Legendary Reggae Artist - Born and raised in one of the most deprived regions of Western Kingston, Jamaica, in a district notoriously known as Waterhouse, which incidentally is also a musical spawning ground for many of Reggae's greatest ever talents, such as King Tubby, The Jays, Junior Reid and King Jammy to name but a few. Don Carlos started his singing career back in 1973, as one of the original members of the aforementioned roots vocal group Black Uhuru. Alongside other founding members, Garth Dennis who later went on to joining the Wailing Souls and Derrick Ducky Simpson Uhuru's central figure, as part of the trio, Don played a prominent role in the recordings of the highly acclaimed Love Crisis for producer Prince Jammy in 1977.
The San Francisco band Boca do Rio takes its name from the Portuguese "mouth of the river" the place where myriad streams and sources converge into one powerful, flowing, physical energy.
Kevin Welch, Boca's leader, composer, guitarist, and vocalist, embodies this concept by virtue of his personal and musical history, having lived in the Amazon and become fluent in Portuguese as well as immersed in and transformed by samba. In the mid-1990s he started the group Vivendo de Pão, which became a mainstay on San Francisco's club and festival scene and opened for touring acts like Macy Gray and Los Van Van.
For Boca do Rio, Welch has assembled a superb team of Brazilian and American musicians to give voice to his vibrant compositions, which he terms música organica music that is explicitly influenced by his connection to Brazil but filtered through the sensibilities of his California base, which he shares with his versatile accompanists and musical partners in the band and on the new CD.
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