Despite Liniker e os Caramelows’ Brazilian origins, it’s difficult to deny the band are steeped in the history and rhythms of American jazz and soul music.
In this recent NPR Tiny Desk performance, their musical prowess is evident, the simplified three-song setlist and stripped-back performance a testament to the strength of their slow, groovy backbeats.
Hailing from Araraquara in inner São Paolo, the collective is fronted by transgender artist Liniker Barros. Her presence at the forefront of the ensemble makes a statement that can’t be ignored: She links influences from US soul singers and Brazilian funk throughout, seamlessly lilting between a near-baritone vocal to sweet falsetto.
On “Tua” the band ebbs and flows between funk and tenor sax breakdowns, before once again displaying their versatility on “Remonata,” again moving through opposing genres before ending with an African-Brazilian rhythmic pattern.
With this exquisite concert that perfectly conveys their spiritual performances, it’s easy to see why Liniker e os Caramelows are constantly receiving more and more deserved recognition. Check it out below: