Nada Direito

by Rommel Ribeiro

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Produced & Arranged by Rommel Ribeiro
*Track #3, Ainsi Parla Zoroastre, produced by Diogo Ramos
Horns arrangements by Genevieve Lapointe (except track #3)
Special Guests: Paulo Bottas, Regina Teixeira, Angel Araos and Tariq Amery
Recorded at Studio12 of CBC/Radio Canada (Montreal, QC), on Feb 2013
Audio engineer: Pierre Plante
Audio tech. assistant: Sebastien Happel
Additional Recordings: at Studio La Hacienda Creative (Toronto, ON), Diogo’s Studio (Montreal, QC), Fabrice’s Studio (Montreal, QC) and Angel’s Studio (Ottawa, ON), between March 2013 and March 2014
Editing by Diogo Ramos and Ze Americo Bastos
Mixing and Mastering by Ze Americo Bastos at ZAP Records (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
*Tracks #1, A Beleza do Mundo and #3, Ainsi Parla Zoroastre, mixed by Rodrigo Fonseca at Baticum Studio (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and mastered by Ze Americo Bastos
Graphic Design by Wallace Roza
Art Work by Wallace Roza and Enrico Lima
Photos by Dioni Pereira

Made in Canada


In 2012, I released my 2nd album, Egologico Recycle and I was awarded the title "Revelation CBC/Radio Canada 2012-13 in Word Music". In 2013 CBC invited me to prepare a special show to be broadcast on TV and they also offered me 3 days of free recording sessions at the great "CBC Studio 12" in Montreal, as part of the award.

I selected few original songs created in collaboration with other artists, poets, painters, photographers and designers. My goal was to involve people from different art fields and cultural backgrounds to create a unique music record.

The band (Vovo Saranda, Silvio Modolo, Fabrice Laurent, Francis Covan) and myself had a few rehearsals before the TV performance. On February 7th we had the show and from February 8th to 10th we recorded 10 songs live at CBC Studio 12.

We also had additional recording of sax, trombone, flute (arrangements by Genevieve Lapointe), back vocals, guitars, percussion, sound effect and and 4 special guests. Editing by Diogo Ramos in Montreal and mixing and mastering by Ze Americo Bastos in Rio de Janeiro. Artwork/Graphic design by Wallace Roza and Enrico Lima. Music videos and photos from the original live recordings in the studio, by Dioni Pereira.

Lead Vocal & Nylon Acoustic Guitar: Rommel Ribeiro
Batá Drums, Udu Drum, Caxixis, Congas, Xequere, Tam-tam, Cuica, Tamborims, Timbal, Triangulo, Shakers and Percussion Effects: Vovo Saramanda
Fretless Bass, 7-Strings Nylon Acoustic Guitar and Cavaquinho: Silvio Modolo
Drums, Frigideira, Pandeiro,Tamborim and Agogos: Fabrice Laurent
Accordion, Mandolin and Violin: Francis Covan
Saxophone Alto, Saxophone Tenor and Flutes: Genevieve Lapointe
Trombone: Talal Mouallem
Electric Guitar: Diogo Ramos(Tracks #1, #3, #6 & #9)
Back Vocals: Marcus Freitas, Ila Brognoli, Daniel Leite, Graziela Esteves, Myriam Fillion, Yossef Kahwage, Vovo Saramanda, Diogo Ramos, Julia Pessoa, Fernando Moreno, Lissiene Neiva, Paulo Bottas and Lídia Barreiros (Tracks #1 & #4).
Special Guest Lead Vocal and Piano: Paulo Bottas (Track #3)
Special Guest Cajon, Caxixis, Guiros, Cymbal, Crotalos and Percussion Effects: Angel Araos(Track #3)
Special Guest Flute: Tariq Amery (Track #3)
Special Guest on Lead Vocal: Regina Teixeira (Track #10)


To my parents Ademir Ribeiro and Maris Stella Teixeira; my sisters Mirlla, Yanara, Najara, Luna, Alexandra, Fernanda and Flavia, my brother Paulo Ricardo and all my family and friends. Songwriters collaborators and guests - Enrico Lima, Marcus Freitas, Gabriel Queso Bronfman, Eder da Rosa, Paulo Bottas, Antonio Marinho and Nathalia Ferro. Musicians - Vovo Saramanda, Fabrice Laurent, Silvio Modolo, Francis Covan, Genevieve Lapointe, Talal Mouallem, Regina Teixeira, Angel Araos and Tariq Amery, Diogo Ramos, Ze Americo Bastos, Nagib Ribeiro and William Ribeiro. Also to Ines Barreda, Dioni Pereira, Wallace Roza, Fernando Moreno, Luis Fernando Burdisso, OZe Nomundo, Isaac Neto, Fernando Spotti, Adnon Soares and everyone that was involved and contributed directly and indirectly to this project. I love you all!

A special thanks to:

LE PROGRAMME REVELATIONS DE RADIO CANADA/CBC (Marie Lamoureux, Ralph Boncy, Philippe Fehmiu and Pierre Plante)



APRIL 21 – GRADTUATION RECITAL – full band (Ottawa)
APRIL 28 – Pop up Tropical Cooking at Mercury Lounge (Ottawa)
May 6 – Private Event - solo
May 6 – Petit Chicago w/ Florquestra Brasil (Ottawa)
May 19 – Irene’s Pub (Carleton Music Dep. Cd Release) (Ottawa)
June 9 – Terres Battues – trio (Montreal)
June 10 – Cocada at Petit Chicago (Gatineau)
June 28 – TD Ottawa Jazz Festival – full band
June 30 – Marche a la Cote – full band (Montreal)
July 20 – Mercury Lounge – full band (Ottawa)
July 22 – Festival de Laval – full band (Laval)


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BIO English

Singer, songwriter and guitarist, Rômmel Ribeiro was born into a family of accomplished artists in northern Brazil in the mid 1980’s. He grew up surrounded by art and from a young age was inspired by the work of great Brazilian musicians as Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Alceu Valença, Chico César and Lenine. In 2006, after releasing "Transcendental", his first album, he landed in Canada, where he crossed paths with the People Project Band and The SoulJazz Orchestra. It was the perfect opportunity for him to explore music in a multicultural background and to perform in meaningful events, such as Montreal and Ottawa's Jazz Festivals, Vive Latino, Ottawa Bluesfest and Toronto Global Groove.
While honing his own style, Rômmel emerged with a mix of popular Brazilian music, afrobeat, reggae, funk and jazz in his second album "Egológico Recycle". Created in collaboration with musicians from Ethiopia, Cameroon, France and Brazil, this exotic disc unites compositions in French, Portuguese and English. The high quality of his compositions, the ability to engender good partnerships and his inspired performances resulted in several awards in Canada. In 2010 he received the "Great Revelation" award at the Festival Nuits d'Afrique and the very first “Diversity Award”, granted by the Arts Council of Montreal and other cultural organizations.
In 2012 he was accepted in the Music Program of Carleton University and was also chosen as Radio Canada/CBC 2012-13 “Revelation on World Music”. This last prize opened up new doors for him in the music scene and Rômmel had the honor of being the opening act for the concert of Gilberto Gil at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal in 2012.
In 2015, the musician released his album “Nada Direito” and moved to England for an Exchange Program in Music at the University of Liverpool for one year. While in Europe, Rommel promoted “Nada Direito” through solo shows in the United Kingdom, Portugal, France, Holland, Belgic and Germany. Rômmel is back to Canada in 2016 to finish his Bachelor of Music Degree at Carleton University and has started producing a new musical project.
BIO Français

Chanteur-compositeur et guitariste, Rômmel Ribeiro est né dans une famille d’artistes accomplis, au nord du Brésil. Débarqué au Canada en 2006, après avoir sorti son premier album « Transcendental », il croise la route du People Project Band, avec lequel il a eu l’opportunité de participer aux Festivals de Jazz de Montréal et d’Ottawa, au Bluefest à Ottawa et au Global Groove à Toronto.

Rômmel y peaufine son art et son propre style émerge, un mélange de musique populaire brésilienne, d’afrobeat, de funk et de jazz. En 2010, il est reçu au Festival Nuits d’Afrique à titre de «grande révélation», et il remporte la même année le premier Prix de la diversité, remis par le Conseil des Arts de Montréal et plusieurs autres organismes culturels.

En 2012, il sort l’album « Egológico Recycle », une collaboration avec des musiciens éthiopiens, camerounais, français, américains et brésiliens et il remporte la même année le titre de Révélation Radio-Canada 2012-13 en musique du monde. Son album « Nada Direito » apparaît en 2015, quand le musicien déménage à Angleterre pour participer à un échange académique d’un an à l’Université de Liverpool. En Europe, il a fait plusieurs concerts solos au Royaume-Uni et d’autres pays. Présentement Rommel est en train de finir son Baccalauréat en Musique à l’Université Carleton et de créer un nouveau disque de chansons inédits.

BIO Português

Cantor, compositor e guitarrista, Rômmel Ribeiro nasceu em uma família de artistas na cidade de São Luís do Maranhão, no Nordeste do Brasil. Por isso, desde criança Rômmel teve contato com o vasto cancioneiro brasileiro e a oportunidade de se conectar com o gênio criativo de artistas como Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Chico Cesar, Alceu Valenca, Leinie e Zeca Baleiro. Contudo, sua raiz intrinsicamente brasileira teve a coloração sonora ampliada quando ele se mudou para o Canadá em 2006 e passou a praticar uma intensa atividade musical entre diversas cidades, notoriamente Montreal, Ottawa e Toronto.

Desde sua chegada ao novo país, Rômmel passou a ser integrante ativo na banda People Project e pôde assim explorar a mescla de estilos com músicos de diferentes nacionalidades. Com esse grupo realizou concertos nos Festivais de Jazz de Montreal e de Ottawa, no Blues Ottawa e no Toronto Global Groove. Rommel tambem participou no disco Solidarity da banda canadense The Souljazz Orchestra, e foi nomeado World Album of the Year pelo JUNO Awards, e Top 10 em inumeras radios da Europa, como BBC Radio 1 em Londres e RadioNova em Paris.
Durante seu percurso artístico, Rômmel avançou também no trabalho de composições. Em 2006 ele havia lançado ainda no Brasil o disco Transcendental, e em 2012, em Montreal, o álbum Egológico Recycle numa colaboração criativa com músicos da Etiópia, Camarões, França e Brasil.
A alta qualidade de suas composições, a capacidade de fazer boas parcerias e sua excelência no palco renderam ao músico diversos prêmios no Canadá. No ano de 2010, ele recebeu o prêmio de "Grande Revelação" no Festival Nuits d'Afrique, e o “Prix de la Diversité” [Prêmio da Diversidade], ofertado pelo Conselho de Artes de Montreal e outras organizações culturais. E em 2012, o artista foi agraciado com o importante prêmio “Revelação Radio Canada 2012-13” na categoria World Music.

Esse último trunfo abriu-lhe mais portas no cenário musical e o artista viu novo avanço em sua carreira. Desde então Rômmel teve a honra de abrir um espetáculo de Gilberto Gil em novembro de 2012 em Montreal; de gravar seu novo álbum Nada Direito no excelente estúdio da Radio Canada; e participar na produção de um DVD poético-musical contendo diversas composições inéditas. Em 2015, além do lançamento do disco Nada Direito, o músico pretende realizar também uma turnê para divulgar sua música por terras brasileiras e europeias.

Estamos diante de um trabalho musical consistente e multifacetado que navega por ritmos e estilos como a MPB, o Reggae, o Afrobeat e o Jazz, com letras em francês, português, espanhol e inglês.


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Chanteur-compositeur et guitariste brésilien, vainqueur du Grand Prix de la Diversité de Montréal 2010-11 et REVELATION RADIO CANADA 2012-13, Rommel mêle des éléments de musique populaire brésilienne avec Afro, Reggae, Funk et Jazz, avec des paroles en portugais, français, espagnol et anglais. Il vit et respire l'art, la musique et la culture à travers ses chansons, paroles et des instruments. ... more

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