"Liniker e os Caramelows" aims to connect the soul and black music to a Brazilian contemporary language through original compositions in Portuguese, with relationships and love as main subjects. Funky guitars, the swing of the bass and drums, brasses always on, this is the kind of project that makes the audience dance and sing together.
As a musician and poet, Liniker Barros (singer) mentions divas such as Etta James, Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston as her influences, and finds parallels between her poetry and Beyoncé and Solange’s work.
Os Caramelows surround her with a richly textured sound that draws on a multitude of influences. The band members, whose ages range from 21-29, mention Brazilian regional music, electronic music, ethnic music, MPB, pop (both Brazilian and American) samba rock,
tropicalia, Brazilian punk and Black Sabbath amongst these influences. They even invented a word to describe their own genre or sonority: funzy, for a nearly indescribable fusion that combines all these grooves and the way they represent Brazil in all its hues and textures.
The band’s 2016 first album Remonta garnered third place on the Rolling Stone Brasil list of best albums for that year, and their U.S. debut at this year’s SXSW was one of the festival’s highlights.
“With richly hued music swirling around impeccably dressed Liniker Barros, the band is a soulful beacon of light. As a trans black woman fronting the band, Liniker imbues the lyrics she composed with such soulful and irresistible sultriness that the video has now reached more than 10 million views.”
Catalina Maria Johnson in Remezcla
“Liniker Barros, a powerful singer who prefers to be considered genderless – on an early interview with a Brazilian newspaper, Liniker identified as “gay, black and poor” but hell the band can swing! Their music navigates from blues to funk but their roots are deeply rooted in Tropicalismo – Brazil’s response to Psychedelics that made musicians like Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa and Baby Consuelo household names in their native country.”
Ernest Barteldes in Music Whatever