Amaro Freitas crafts samba and afro jazz on new LP, Sankofa

The amazing Amaro Freitas is preparing to release his third album, Sankofa – “a spiritual quest into the forgotten stories, ancient philosophies and inspirational figures of Black Brazil.”

The ten-track LP sees the Brazilian-born pianist and composer combining samba and afro-jazz in which he employs intricate rhythmic patterns and time-signature variations as if reimagining the ancient designs of his ancestors, and every track is imbued with a message or a story Amaro is compelled to tell.

You can watch the visual for the stunning lead track ‘Baquaqua’ which highlights the seldom-told story of the West African Mahommah Gardo Baquaqua, who was brought to Brazil as a slave but escaped to New York in 1847 where he learned to read and write.

Pre-order Sankofa here in advance of its 25th June release, check out the artwork and tracklisting below.

CF Smith

Write for Music Is My Sanctuary & Stereofox.

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