Karambá is an exciting band that fuses Latin-Brazilian music with contemporary rhythms that are sure to get you dancing.
We are an East Bay based band and our members reflect the diversity of the community.

Our message is simple:
"Music is the universal language and transcends all boundaries.
A great unifier of love, joy and passion"

Kristina Bennett - Lead Vocals

Introducing the sultry songstress with a voice as smooth as silk, bringing forth her love for Latin and Brazilian music to enchant audiences worldwide. She will transport you to the tranquil beaches of Brazil with her soulful interpretations of classic standards and contemporary hits.

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Clark Seal - Percussion

Clark Seal is an experienced Percussionist, and performer. Drawn to drums at an early age, Clark hasmoved through life keeping time through rhythm. His passion for percussion was influenced by his CentralAmerican heritage, and it wasn’t long before he was studying the different rhythms and drums of LatinAmerica and beyond.

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Frances Izon - Keys & Flute

Frances Izon began her musical adventures in New York City with a love for the Beatles and HerbieMann. Growing up in New York, she studied under Patricia Spencer (Da Capo Chamber Players)appreciating Schoenberg and Eric Dolphy. After relocating to California, she discovered a passion forLatin music, studying Latin patterns, montuno, Samba-Brazilian patterns, Reggae and other world beats.She has performed in several Latin funk bands at La Pena and Ashkenaz, Bay Area festivals, and has recorded and accompanied various Bay Area vocalists

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Kevin Amos - Drums

Kevin Amos has always had rhythm in his bones. The origin story he likes to tell involves a grandparent’s gift of a sparkle-blue Micky Mouse drum set at the age of three. Abroad, Kevin has toured the country of Trinidad and Tobago and participated in multiple national Panorama competitions. In the states, he has had the luxury of playing with names such as Fred Wesley, Ted Piltzecker, Andy Narell, Liam Teague, and Victor Provost, amongst others.

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Shawna Love - Bass

Bassist and guitarist. Played guitar and bass with Lipstick Conspiracy, an 80's Power Pop band.Also played bass in LordRifa, a theatrical, folk, film score group. Several side projects and home studio producing. Song writer.

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Tony Contreras - Percussion & Vocals

I’m self taught conga player and backup singer. My journey in percussion started in 2008 which led me to join Grupo Conciencia, a Latin Folk Traditional music for several years. I joined Spill The Wine an R&B band for several years, also sitting in with Cacao Rock Band playing congas as a back up singer and also had a few songs as a lead singer. We played around the SF Bay Area at many different venues

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David Uyeno - Sax & Flute

David received his BA and credential from Cal State-East Bay and immensely enjoyed a career teaching instrumental music in the Berkeley, Orinda and Acalanes School Districts. With his love of Brazilian music he is very excited to be playing with Karamba and further exploring this genre as well as Latin Jazz.

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Juan Richardson - Guitar

Uncle Funky plays funk, ska, R&B, heavy metal, blues & jazz fusion. He fronts his own blues/rock band the Real Unclefunky as well as playing with the Madd Vibe Orchestra lead by Angelo Moore of Fishbone, the Quart of Blood Technique, Carmen Jones and her Teena Marie tribute band, Punany poets, the underground Klown band Gooferman as well as R&B violinist Gareth Johnson. Juan also produces, writes, and is and audio engineer and sound design.

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  • Pleasanton, California, United States