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,
Belgium and Germany. Back to Canada in 2016, Rômmel
finished his Bachelor of Music Degree at Carleton
In 2017, the musician made a tour in Canada — Ontario
and Quebec Provinces — and then went to studio to
record “Caminho de Vento”, an album that will be released this summer.