About us



Sarau Carioca is a Winnipeg-based Brazilian duo composed of guitarist Marcos Martins and singer Luana Cunha.

Like most musicians, Sarau Carioca started out playing greatest songs of all time. Celebrating their admiration for Samba and Bossa Nova, they have been bringing to different venues in Canada interpretations of some of the pearls of Brazilian music, including compositions by Tom Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Baden Powell, and Noel Rosa, to name a few.

The thing that all these artists have in common is the music that serves as vehicle for their ideas: samba. Samba is an African-Brazilian music genre that was born in the nineteenth-century in the state of Bahia (northeast of Brazil) and was developed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The genre became famous worldwide when, in the 1960s, a movement known as bossa nova caught the attention of the jazz world. Since then, many artists all over the globe have recorded and performed this music that brings us so much joy.

Interpreting the most popular songs in the Brazilian history of music was a phenomenal experience. Sarau Carioca brought even more to the original songs which of course contributes to their longevity. However, they have took other step in their careers, which was to release their original songs.

In 2019, they performed at the Winnipeg International Jazz Festival and released three songs “Canarinho”, “É hora” e “Meu samba”. They also recorded original songs with BNB Studios for their Bench Live Sessions Series. Theses songs will be released on BNB YouTube channel in July, 2019. Currently Sarau Carioca has been working on original songs for a new project.

We invite you all to come with us on this trip to the distant lands of the south, and to taste the flavours of this rich culture that we love and praise.