Toronto, ON – July 22, 2022 – Audiences in Canada and abroad have been enjoying Tara Rara, the long-awaited album of internationally acclaimed dynamic Toronto-based singer-songwriter, Bruno Capinan (Broo-noh Cap-ee-nan, they/them). Released on May 13 (distributed via Lulaworld Records, Tara Rara (Portuguese for 'Rare Desire') is a full circle, spiritual collection of songs, resonant with sonic elements embedded with Bruno's Brazilian heritage. Today, Bruno shares a stunning video for standout track, Mafuá, filmed in Praia, Cabo Verde, with many scenes filmed during Bruno Capinan's performances at Atlantic Music Expo in June 2022. Watch Mafuá here

The video for Mafuá shows Bruno revelling in their recent travels to Cabo Verde with highlights of standout concerts amongst captivated audiences. Candid scenes filmed with camcorder-style aesthetic deliver cinematic magic and a nostalgia that mirrors the song's essence. It was produced by Kristyn Gelfand and Bruno Capinan, filmed and directed by Paul Schoendoerffer alongside assistant director, Amanda Gutiérrez Gomes. Featured musicians include Bruno's frequent collaborators, João Leão and Rudy Ray, and Vivian Kuczynski, a producer on the album. 

Mafuá was written by Bruno Capinan & Luisão Pereira, and captures the essence of a beach party and seaside celebrations amongst family and friends. A narrative of summer, the song echoes these sentiment as Bruno sings, "Vai ter um mafuá/ Venha pode chegar/ Seja o que Deus quiser," translating to "There’ll be a bash / Come by/ You can show up It’s in God’s hands." Read the lyrics for Mafuá here. Listen to the track and the rest of Tara Rara via all streaming platforms and Bandcamp.

Tara Rara was named one of Exclaim!'s Can't-Miss Albums To Discover in June 2022, "brimming with yearning (via Capinan's smoky, seductive vocals) and celebration (heard in the many layers of upbeat instrumentation), using memory and nostalgia as the catalyst for imagining a better future and knowing you deserve it," with praise from V13 who proclaim, "as a non-binary individual, Capinan goes to great lengths to ensure that gender and racial justice are in prime focus throughout Tara Rara." 

In France, RFI praised, "Sparkling crown, elegant suit, extravagant shoes, Bruno Capinan could be the character of a science fiction film shot in another galaxy, but above all he is a sacred voice." Marianne adds "Voice of an angel, extravagant pageantry, he claims tropicalism as a musical influence but also James Baldwin, Nina Simone and Albert Camus for the political part."

On the air, Tara Rara has received love from CBC Music's Big City Small WorldFrequencies, and q, where Bruno recently shared the album process in-depth with host, Tom Power. Bruno also spoke with CJRU 1280 am program and podcast, The Cool Table, and SoundMojo's  Innersleeve podcast to expand further. 

For a preview of Bruno's live show, check out their stunning performance for album highlight, Meu Preto. The song is a sombre, yet romantic, ode about two Black lovers delivered with lingering prose. Watch Bruno's captivating performance here, and read the lyrics (with English translation) hereMeu Preto follows the stunning visual for Qualquer Lugar, filmed in Brazil. Watch the video here, and read the lyrics for Qualquer Lugar, in English and Portuguese, here.

More About Tara Rara
Tara Rara encompasses Bruno’s deep exploration of some of their two greatest influences; Afro-Sambas and reinterpretations of Bossa Nova. While all tracks are performed in Portuguese, they are accompanied by lush arrangements made for dancing and movement. Tara Rara is a mix of vocal layers, percussive Brazilian instruments, acoustic guitar, synthesizers, programming, and a string orchestra composed of four violins, two cellos and one viola, as well as trombone, trumpet, French horn, flutes and sax.

As a non-binary person, Bruno ensured gender and racial justice was in focus when cultivating the stellar personnel lineup for Tara Rara. The album highlights an orchestra of seven string musicians, 90% BIPOC and LGBTQI+, an elder percussionist, and musicians from different cultural backgrounds.  

Working with acclaimed Ukrainian-Brazilian producer and songwriter, 17-year-old, Vivian Kuczynski (Pabllo Vittar, SCALENE, Alice Caymmi) the album was recorded from July 2021 until December 2021, primarily in Toronto (at Union Sound Company), with additional recordings in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Bahia and Melbourne. Vocals were recorded in Bahia overlooking the ocean, and brass in Melbourne, Australia. Bruno worked with guitarist Bem Gil (son of Brazilian singer Gilberto Gil), percussionist Marcelo Costa, a string orchestra from Toronto, arranger Graham Campbell, and others.

Learn more about Bruno's stellar career to date below and stay tuned for more. 

DOWNLOAD - Tara Rara Album Cover (by Daryan Dornelles)

DOWNLOAD - Press Photos (by RONCCA)

About Bruno Capinan

“Acrobatic, sensual, both angelic and profane” is how The Guardian described the voice of Brazilian-born, Canadian singer-songwriter Bruno Capinan (Broo-noh Cap-ee-nan, pronouns: they/them). The Toronto based artist has released five albums in their decade long career, and performed to audiences in Canada, Japan, Portugal, Cape Verde, Brazil, Argentina and the United States; fusing bossa-nova inspired music and an extravagant performance. 

A fierce performer, Bruno’s approach to music making is rooted in the Brazilian tropicalia influence, which is to embrace all the vast possibilities of sound. Their music blends traditional Brazilian sounds, also known as MPB, with other global influences, and features Portuguese lyrics that are both personal and sensitive. 

They gained international recognition with the album Divina Graça (2016), including reviews in French newspaper Libération, as well as Brazil’s largest publications, O Globo, Folha de São Paulo, and Rolling Stone Brazil. Bruno has collaborated with artists around the globe, including Japanese composer Jun Miyake.

Most recently, the artist released Tara Rara, recorded between Canada, Australia and Brazil. Bruno Capinan has received two nominations to the prestigious APCA (São Paulo Association of Art Critics). In June of 2022, they performed at Atlantic Music Expo in Cape Verde.

About Lulaworld Records
Bridging the contemporary and the traditional, Lulaworld Records brings the Latin, Brazilian and global roots sounds of the most diverse city in the world to music adventurers around the globe.

​Having grown out of the vibrant live music scene at the Toronto venue Lula Lounge and the associated Lulaworld Festival, the label's debut release by Mexican Canadian singer songwriter Quique Escamilla won the 2015 JUNO Award in the world music category and the Canadian Folk Music award. Subsequent releases by OKAN have also earned Independent Music Awards and JUNO wins and nominations. 

With a focus on salsa, tropical and Latin jazz, the label is now expanding its scope to include artists from beyond Toronto, including Brazilian, spoken word and Indigenous artists.

Like the venue that inspired its creation, the Lulaworld Records has a musical range that spans Mexican reggae, Cuban jazz folk fusion, New Orleans inspired funk, classic Tumbao and electro samba. Stay tuned for single, albums and compilation releases coming soon.

We acknowledge the financial support of Canada Council for the Arts,
Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council and FACTOR.