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Artist/Musician Clive B Bossa teams up with Grammy winner Phil Ramocon to reinvent a genre

Updated: Jan 19

The Memories are Kind is the first track to be release by British LatinCrossover band Bossa Bandits and previews from their forthcoming Album ‘All true stories’ and is a reflective tale of love & loss.

This is Bossa Nova with a British accent, taking the smooth grooves of Brazil fused with original song writing and adding a UK dance edge. This is not the Bossa you’ve heard before and is very much with club dance vibe.

Accomplished guitarist & singer/songwriter Clive B Bossa has teamed up with his illustrious Bandits to re-imagine some of the most delightfully new feelgood songs in this genre.

Produced by Grammy winner Phil Ramocon (also playing keyboards). Phil has collaborated with Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Phil Collins, Talk Talk & Dua Lipa to name a few.

The rhythm section is headed up by percussionist Kofi Kari Kari (Jamiroquai, Brand New Heavies & Soul 2 Soul).

Bossa Bandits will be releasing one of the 9 album tracks each month from January 2021 and hope to announce their festival dates in the spring.

London based artist/musician Clive B Bossa was on a surf trip to the northern beaches of Brazil in 2012 where he fell in love with the sound of Bossa Nova. As a guitarist and percussionist he was completely hooked and Clive has found himself returning to the beaches of Jericoacoara in Ceara state as often as possible so that he could play with the incredible musicians that are attracted to this spot. By 2015 he was regularly getting asked to play in some of the clubs and bars during his trips. Back in London Clive started to write and perform some of his own original Brazilian inspired material and the Bossa Bandits were born.

Initially the Bossa Bandits were a duo occasionally being joined by percussionist friends. Often invited to play early spots on bigger shows, things changed when Clive met up with Phil Ramocon in 2015. Phil, a successful musician and songwriter in his own right with hits and a Grammy to his name was so taken by these songs that he enthusiastically encouraged the Bossa Bandits....sitting in whenever possible himself on keyboards and backing vocals, always bringing other established artists to listen.

Fast forward to 2020 and after a few years of live shows but no real plans to record these crowd pleasing songs everything came to a halt. It seemed there would be no better response to the lockdown of live music than to get into the studio and finally record these gems.

Nylon guitar, vocals (and all songs written by) - Clive B Bossa

Keyboards, vocals & production - Phil Ramocon (Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Phil Collins, Talk Talk, Dua Lipa)

Percussion - Kofi Kari Kari Kari (Jamiroquai, Brand New Heavies & Soul 2 Soul).

Bass – Chris Hampson

Drums – Eddie -Hick Roots Manuva, Congo Natty and David Liebman

Sax - Ray Carless (Jazz Warriors)

Flute – Roland Sutherland (Jazz Warriors)

Backing Vocals – Carroll Thompson (Jazz Warriors)