Saturday 12 October
Carwyn Ellis & Rio 18
Joia! is a bold, innovative and colourful collection of songs sung in Welsh combined with distinct pop and Latin American flavours drawn from Bossa Nova, Cumbia, Samba and Tropicalismo styles.
This is the first solo release for Carwyn Ellis under his own name. The Colorama frontman has spent much of the last two years touring the world as a sideman with the Pretenders, and it was Chrissie Hynde herself who noticed how many records Carwyn was buying while on tour in South America in early 2018 and suggested he make a Latin-flavoured Welsh language album. She then introduced him to Kassin, the legendary Brazilian producer and multi-instrumentalist. The two hit it off immediately when they met in London in the Summer of 2018, and Kassin suggested that Ellis travel to Rio to work together on an album, along with some of Rio's finest musicians. This they did, and Ellis took the resultant recordings back to Wales to add some further Welsh magic to them.