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Sambossa are a unique UK based Brazilian music quartet that presents the sounds & rhythms of Brazil in a small band format that packs a lot of punch! They play music ranging from sultry bossa nova & grooving Afro-funk, to blistering samba, and their infectious rhythms have the ability to delight both the listener and the dancer in all of us, as it is entirely possible that the Music at Stow Festival audience will not be able to resist the urge to get up and dance  -  or at the very least to tap their feet!

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Carolina  Lelis (vocals) from Sao Paulo,  has an amazingly beautiful voice, which is full of energy and light which brings a unique colour and style to the band. A performing artist with an Acting Diploma from the Stella Adler Studio in New York, she  grew up in her parents’ band, touring throughout Brazil. Later during four years spent living in New York, she worked in the theatre, collaborating with directors such as John Gould Rubin and Tom Oppenheim, and whilst in NY, she also performed at venues such as The Plaza Hotel and The Red Lion. She has a wide experience of the music industry, having recorded several of her own albums, and she also worked and recorded with Brasilian musicians Cuca Teixeira, Djalma Lima and Itamar Collaço (Zimbo Trio) amongst others. In 2018 she was invited to appear on the hugely popular 'The Voice Brazil', a long-running Brazilian reality talent show on TV Globo. Having relocated from Brasil to the UK in 2019, in November 2022 Carolina appeared at the prestigious London Jazz Festival with 'Samara', a jazz/Latin group led by the 606 Club's Steve Rubie.

Paul Rumbol (guitar & synth) from London, is a band leader, singer and guitarist who has immersed himself in World & Brazilian culture for over twenty-five years, during which time he has been collaborating with some of the most ground-breaking and inovative Brazilian performers. He leads a number of bands that play for high profile events, however his solo work as a live performer and recording artist is where his passion lies, and this is evident in his recent album ‘Reflections’. Paul is in demand throughout London playing cool Latin music at various venues including Bahia, Bar Tiempo, Bass Clef, HQ, 100 Club, Salsa, Havana, and Cuba amongst others. He plays a cutting edge ‘Framework’ Guitar synth, enabling him to add rich instrumental colours to Sambossa's performances, and also plays the specialist 'cavaquinho', a small Brazilian guitar.

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Andrew Woolf (sax & clarinet) is a London born saxophone and clarinet player who is at home in a variety of musical settings, including Brazilian music, modern jazz, experimental improvisation and more.  He is a member of the award-winning Alvorada, the UK’s leading exponents of choro music, and in 2021 released his own jazz album ‘Song Unsung’.

Marius Rodrigues (drums) originates from the state of Rio Grande do Sul in the south of Brazil, and is now based in London. He has over 30 years of experience. in the music industry,  having played in a wide variety of festivals across Brazil, the UK, and Europe, notably performing at the Berlin Jazz Festival, the London Jazz Festival, and the We Out Here Festival. He studied under the renowned Brazilian drummer Kiko Freitas, refining his technical expertise in all genres of music.  


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