What they say…
“ Infectious, layered, brassy, percussive, inviting, pleasant, polyrhythmic, crafted, inspired, hip-swivelling!”
Nobody really knows where Muito Kaballa was born or where he came from. Some believe he is from Spain, others think he is from France, some people actually believe he was born in a very boring city close to Cologne, where he spent most of his childhood in a safe and stable environment. Needless to say that all these approaches seem unrealistic and far fetched. The most sophisticated and surely the most reliable story (up to this day, nobody has ever been able to prove it wrong) behind Muito Kaballa goes something like this:
It is said that Muito Kaballa emerged out of the dumplings of an anaconda, who ate a river dolphin, which had accidentally swallowed a poisonous dart frog, who had been the fellow companion of a wise leopard. When the latter eventually found out about the tragic fate of his little friend, he killed the anaconda and set the dumplings on fire, to give the remains of his little friend the kind of funeral he would have wished for. Just when the whole pile of anaconda shit was burned to ashes, it started to rain like it never had before. The water from the sky mixed with the ashes of the excrement and 3 days later, so it is said, Muito Kaballa arose out of the remains of the several animals involved in this mess. It is left to the reader to believe the beginning of this story but what is known for sure about Muito Kaballa, is how he grew up in the Amazon jungle and eventually came to the beautiful city of Cologne.
While in the jungle Muito learned to play the bongos and several other instruments, though he is the first to admit, none of them really very well. He then decided to leave the mighty magic of the Amazon and share its sounds with the world, engaging in a long and dangerous journey around the whole globe, exploring the fathomless richness and diversity of music throughout it. After fifty years of meandering around, Muito swam through the amazon river and across the ocean (took him about a year by itself) and finally approached Cologne City in the year of 2017.
It is here that, to make the best of his skills, he began using a magical loop station, which allowed him to combine every instrument he knew how to play and improvise original compositions. Everything he loops is played live; by overdubbing several layers of loops he can create songs on the spot. Thus began his mission: randomly spreading music around the city, using a wooden trailer carrying various musical devices, riding around the city to spread good vibes wherever he can, creating a blend of all the sounds that inspire him: afrobeat, jazz, hip hop, funk, soul, music in all its forms and dimensions and from all over the world!