The name ‘Forró de KA’ is a play on the abbreviation of the German city, Karlsruhe (KA), the band’s hometown, and the sound of the word cá, in Portuguese, which is a way to say here.
The group was born from both homesickness and the willingness of the two Brazilian musicians, Ítalo Caramuru and Vítor Diniz, to keep in touch with their background, as they realized their common passion for the Forró music style.
Breaking barriers is one of the band’s major characteristics, noticeable in its quest for a language and expression of its own, where tradition and innovation merge in a harmonic dialogue. The group’s uniqueness and creativity is most apparent when, in addition to the classic forró pé-de- serra, their own compositions take the center of the stage, pushing the setlist beyond the expected by adapting a variety of famous international composition to forró.
The kick-off for the Forró de KA project was given at Germany’s most traditional forró party, Forró de Domingo, in Stuttgart by the end of 2010, which was organized to celebrate Luiz Gonzaga’s 98 th birthday, the famous King of Baião.
In 2013, at the very same festival, the band made the transition from the old lineup, composed by the Caramuru’s guitar, to Alex Almeida’s accordion. Throughout the years the band went through several modifications and, aside from its three founding members, it has nowadays the percussionist, Mário Maradei, and the bassist, Johann Oliveira, as part of the vibrant group.
Forró de KA has bought its enthusiasm and music to several festivals, such as the forró festivals of Stuttgart, Freiburg, Aachen and Weggis, as well as ‘Tollwood Festival’ in Munich, ‘Festival of African Culture’ in Frankfurt, ‘Festival of People´s Understanding’ and ‘Das Fest’ in Karlsruhe, not to mention concerts in London and Zurich.
In the summer of 2017, Forró de KA proudly presented its first album.