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by Benise

Experience the romance and passion of fiery spanish guitars, gypsy violins, and sizzling exotic rhythms. world music at it's best. As seen on PBS
Genre: Latin: Flamenco
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Carnaval
5:20 $0.99
2. Brazil
5:16 $0.99
3. Moonlight Cantina
5:12 $0.99
4. Tabu
4:42 $0.99
5. Sunsong
5:43 $0.99
6. Galletto's Jam
4:27 $0.99
7. Sonata in E
1:00 $0.99
8. Brazilian Summer
4:44 $0.99
9. Copacabana Beach
4:28 $0.99
10. Samba Samba
4:31 $0.99
11. Rio
4:29 $0.99
12. Enigma
5:14 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Carnaval" explodes with the rhythms of Brazil!

Escape to the sunny beaches of Rio and quiet nights full of stars with beautiful guitar melodies. Benise blends the unique flavor of Brazilian percussion, background vocals, and piano with Spanish guitar to capture the sentimental heart and passion of Brazil.

Music is life in Brazil.

Don't miss Benise "The Spanish Guitar" now on PBS!
A spectacular journey of music and dance. The show that reminds us that hope can be the healing thread in all our lives.

National tour this fall - check for concerts in your area.

Rosanegra (2003)

review by Michael Debbage

Recently I had the opportunity to review the new kid on the flamenco block and it was a cracker that came in the form of the exotic "Mediterranea". So here we are with the follow up disc Carnaval and the title and artwork was leading me to believe that this was going to be an all out uptempo party hearty disc. There is no doubting that there are vigorous moments, but Benise does well to mix the moods and melodrama only adding another notch to the growing respectability of this up and coming artist.

Carnaval starts off in the celebration zone with the title track displaying a host of percussion work pounding and layered over Benise's guitar work. This approach is revisited on the ultra danceable "Samba Samba" that will have your feet and toes tapping away deliriously. Much the same can be said for "Tabu" or for that matter the Benise soloing found on "Galletto's Jam".

However, Carnaval avoids the non-stop action album and continues to showcase the dexterity and agility the guitar man and his band are so capable of. The first obvious choice is "Brazil", which features the fine fretless bass of Randy Tico. Second, there is "Copacabana Beach", which continues the more gypsy and folklore genius of Benise. This would be a great song for the car stereo while driving down the coastal beaches of Rio De Janeiro enjoying the very fine scenery of swaying palm trees bordered by the white sands and the blue ocean with the sun glistening off its curves and waves. And I am sure there is much more that your imagination can run away with, so go ahead soak it all up. Both songs compare well with the Paul Simon Graceland era and make for a superb counterpoint to the upbeat Mardi Gras merriment theme.

Of course there is the mid tempo "Moonlight Cantina" and "Rio" that do well in representing reflective and more somber moments of album. However, the most exhilarating high point is "Enigma", which closes out the album. And what a mystical beauty she is showcasing some truly haunting violin work from Jim Sitterly countered with Kevyn Lettau's vocal sampling. The track builds and explodes to a grand finale. Utterly breathtaking and a great exclamation mark to cap off another solid and superb album from Benise.

The album release has coincided with the equally lush and thoroughly entertaining DVD Viva Spanish Nights that proves once and for all that the magic of Benise is not limited to the confines of a studio. Pure and simple Benise is an audio-visual delight that will tantalize you and tempt you to be alive in their world of passion and celebration. It is good to be alive. No scratch is great to be alive.

Bio - Roni Benise

Rarely is an artist capable of touching the hearts and souls of people of all ages, cultures, and diverse musical backgrounds as Roni Benise. He is, without a doubt, a phenomenon whose passionate music appeals to people from all walks of life.

His fiery Spanish Guitar melodies and high-energy rhythms weave a stunning tapestry of emotions from deep within. Roni’s artistry and incomparable guitar technique is both wild and refined, producing a sound that is as edgy and exotic as it is romantic and sensual.

Benise redefined the ordinary and started to promote his own concerts and “sell out” 2,000 seat theaters throughout Southern California. More than just a concert ... a Benise show is an inspiring experience that celebrates “Love, Music, and Life!”

Benise has set the bar for instrumental artists.

There is no other show like a Benise concert. A virtuoso guitarist, composer and producer, his expressive Spanish guitar arrangements stem from influences around the world, carrying the listener on a musical journey to destinations such as Spain, Africa, Brazil, the Mediterranean, Cuba, France, and Egypt. His audiences are held willingly captive as exotic drums, Gypsy violin, Flamenco dancers, Cirque performers, Brazilian Samba dancers, Brazilian Samba percussionists, African tribal drummers, Havana horns, and brilliant theatrical lighting work together to create an unforgettable experience.

Roni Benise continues to cross new musical boundaries - touching the hearts and souls of people from all cultures with the universal language of music.



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Everything I anticipated and more!
The CD comes alive with the feel of Brazil! One of my favorites, and it keeps me looking forward to more!


Superb collection of authentic style music that is enjoyable and easy to listen to. Although I bought the other Benise CDs I held off buying this one because I didn't think I would like it but it is definitely the jewel in the crown.

Sidia Sarmiento

The CD was enchanting, as thought it was going to be
The songs of the CD are beautiful. Everyone in the family loved it and thought that the combination of the presented songs is being enjoyed.
Thanks for bringing this wonderful music to individual's homes.

Monica Kawalec

Thanks!!! Cd's are great. Thanks for such a quick delivery of the cd's.

Lynda J.

Musical, sensual, awesome!
This artist is a true breath of fresh air. He is intense, expressive, and uninhibited. Benise somehow makes you feel as if you are experiencing the performance with him. The CD hasn't left my player. Delivery was great too. CD Baby rocks.


Benise Cuba
Love it, Enjoy it, Excited about it, Listen to it almost everyday, I Share it, Remincing it, what else can I say about his music, his sexness & romanticly talent??? Well, except for one thing.... Worth it!!!!! Buy ALL of Benise CD... Really.

Rosie ;=)

R Rivera

A must-have if you like nuevo flamenco
The title put me off at first, thinking it would be nothing but heavily overdone Brazilian style carnavalia, but I couldn't have been more mistaken. If you like nuevo flamenco, this album will rise to the very top. My personal library of albums is huge, but for now, it's all taken a back seat to this artist. You'll enjoy Benise's other albums as well, but this is by far his best. Enjoy!

Diana A Sainz-Lucero

Great music, really enjoyed it.
Highly recommend this artist and his music. This CD was very enjoyable and easy to listen to, you will enjoy it.


This CD makes me feel like I'm really in Brazil!
I feel like I'm really at Carnaval when I listen to this music. Benise has totally captured the sensation and translated it into beautiful music!


As a Benise supporter and Fan, I have to say this CD took me to a place I have never been.

The music is so beautiful and enables the listener to get a taste of what Brazil is like.

I highly recommend this CD to anyone who enjoys and appreciates great music.
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