Javi Carabali’s new release, Melodías De Navidad, is an exciting, complex mix of Christmas music that blends together a variety of genres. It adds a much-needed touch of novelty to melodies that might be in danger of growing stale and breathes new life into the holiday spirit through a variety of rhythms, ranging from blues to Afro-Colombian.
Javi Carabali is a multi-faceted artist. He is not just an electric guitarist but also a vocalist and a music producer. In addition to his impressive guitar skills, Carabali boasts of skill with Latin percussion, also known as congas, the electric bass, and the piano, as well as the keyboards. Just as eclectic as his instrumentalist skills, the musician works with a variety of genres.
Melodías De Navidad showcases a unique sound that draws inspiration across genre boundaries. The album features tracks with blues, rock, reggae, salsa, and Afro-Colombian rhythms, fused and blended in a distinctive way that makes the melodies sound fresh and exciting.
The tracks included feature classics like What Child is This? or Noche de Paz/Silent Night, with a striking use of Spanish and English versions to create something unique. It is a perfect album for the holidays, spicing up the music while respecting the essence of what makes them so special.
The album offers a soothing, peaceful set of Christmas tracks that are carried through on soft melodies that emphasize the strong points of each song. Even though they are familiar, the album helps listeners hear them as if for the first time and gives them a smooth makeover that keeps the best with a fresh twist.
Melodías De Navidad is a great option for anyone who is looking for a dose of Christmas spirit but does not want to hear the same things over and over again. Each track is soothing and has been reinterpreted in a nice way to make it sound just right for a peaceful night at home. The beats and addition of Latin instruments give it a distinctive identity, so the album is not just a rehash of songs that everybody is used to hearing around the winter season.
Carabali is a master guitarist and knows his way around other instruments as well. This dedication to the craft shines in the album with the careful interpretation and composition of each track, creating a pleasant, melodic experience that listeners can enjoy. The album is sure to please fans of guitars, as well as anybody looking for new and fresher alternatives to Christmas music that is not stale. Here, they will find something refreshing and strongly presented, with a compilation of songs that are suitable for many tastes. With soft instrumentals and charming delivery, as well as a masterful blend of sounds, this is a great holiday album.
You can find Melodías De Navidad on Apple Music and Spotify, streaming now with all the tracks included. And, on YouTube, SoundCloud, and Twitter, the artist is known as javicarabali.
We had the pleasure of interviewing Javi Carabali. Here are the excerpts from the interview.
Hi Javi, Great to have you with us today! Please share with our readers about what it is that you do.
Hi, thank you so much for inviting me. I am an electric guitarist, rhythmic vocalist, and music producer. I play not only guitar but also Latin percussion (congas), electric bass, and piano/keyboards.
Please tell us more about your journey.
I first started out as a lyricist and producer on the hip-hop scene and was influenced by hip-hop legends such as The Fugees, A Tribe Called Quest, Jay-Z, The Roots, and Nas. I was also an avid listener of reggae/dancehall and Latin music, and my biggest influences in those genres are Bob Marley, Sean Paul, and Carlos Santana. Although I was very into hip-hop, I was inspired by Marley, Santana, and even Wyclef Jean to start playing guitar while I was in high school. A few years later, I was offered a hip-hop record deal, but I turned it down. I eventually ventured more into blues, reggae, and Latin music.
Please share with our readers about your music album, Melodías De Navidad.
Melodías De Navidad is my Christmas album release for this year, and it is a fusion of blues, rock, reggae, salsa, and Afro-Colombian rhythms. I played all of the instruments on all of the songs.
What are the strategies that helped you become successful in your journey?
I studied the different Latin and African rhythms from around the world, from Cuba, to Brazil, to Colombia, to Sierra Leone. Aside, from the electric guitar, I also studied and took lessons to learn how to play piano, acoustic guitar, electric bass, and congas. I was also taught music production and audio engineering by my uncle, who was a DJ and a singer for an R&B band back in the days. I continue studying constantly and learning new things each day. I’m a student of life, and knowledge is empowering.
Any message for our readers.
My next album in early 2023 will have much more dancehall, reguetón, and R&B influences. This Christmas album was mainly a tribute to the folkloric music of Latin America and the Caribbean. However, the next album, which will be titled ‘Latin Sol,‘ will have much more dance music and even some ‘Motown en Español’, hence the name of the album.
So, tell us, how can people find out more about you?
Follow us on Instagram @javicarabalimusic and check out Melodías De Navidad on Apple Music.
Thank you so much, Javi, for giving us your precious time! We wish you all the best for your journey ahead!