I am an ayahuasca snob, and Mantric Mambo is my favorite ayahuasca band. They are the official band of Templo Mãe D’água, started by Yatra Barbosa, located in Alto Paraíso de Goiás, Brasil. Sure, Carioca is an award-winning jazz musician and his band is full of top-notch professional musicians, but Mantric Mambo creates their own music, and their world-fusion style integrating Afro-Brazilian and the indigenous flavors, played by a band with half its members from Argentina, really gets me in just the right way, especially on ayahuasca.
Mantric Mambo and the Templo Mãe D’água Tribe produce the biennial Condor Eagle Festival is like a home-coming for me in so many ways. It’s a 3 week sacred plant medicine festival that includes different plant medicine lineages – a great way to experience the cultural diversity of ayahuasca, peyote, and in some years, huachuma. It takes place in one of the most epically, energetically charged spots in the planet – a quartz crystal-activated, high-vibration zone. You can literally find crystal shards on the ground, especially after a big rain.
Alto Paraíso is a charming little town situated in the midst of the Brazilian Savana, it is the gateway to the “Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park”. This Biosphere, nominated by UNESCO as a “World Heritage Site”, of exuberant beauty, forms an extensive corridor for wild animals that live in the National Park.
It is situated in one of the most luminous regions of the planet seen from space due to the extensive conglomerate of crystal quartz, created from the fusion of two tectonic plates 1.8 billion years ago. The geological formation of Chapada dos Veadeiros is one of the oldest on Earth, with mountains ranging from 600-1600 meters of altitude. One of the last remaining reserves of pure water, with rivers, waterfalls, natural pools and one of the the world’s largest untouchable sources of biodiversity.
I was bummed to miss Condor Eagle Festival this year, the first year in a new venue – the posada in the surreal and breathtakingly beautiful Vale da Lua, a place of waterfalls flowing through moon rocks that look like giant swiss-cheese boulders. I was overjoyed to hear that Mantric Mambo released a new album.
Templo Mãe D’água community member Sahaj Saliman put together this trippy motion art to support the album launch. Enjoy!
‘Sabedoria das Plantas’ Letras em Portugués
Eu fui lá na beira da praia
Entrei lá no fundo do mar
E dentro daquele oceano
Encontrei tanto encanto
Entoei a cantar
Cantando a magia das ondas
Que vão nos levando
Eu fui lá pra dentro da mata
Com o mestre Juramidam
Com a sabedoria das plantas
Que vem pra ensinar
Dançando a magia das forças
Da água, do fogo, da terra, e do ar
Eu fui pra dentro do mim mesmo
Encontrei um universo a brotar
No peito o amor transbordando
E o ser se realizando
Estrelas brilhando lá em cima
Brilhando aqui dentro e em todo lugar
Heyá! Vai pra dentro da mata
Heyô! Vai pro fundo do mar
Heyá! E a força vai girando
Firmando aqui dentro do congar
‘Sabedoria das Plantas’ Song Lyrics in English
I went there to the edge of the beach
There I went to the bottom of the sea
And within that ocean
I found so much enchantment
I started to sing
Singing the magic of the waves
That are carrying us
On this voyage
I went there into the forest
With my master Juramidam
With the wisdom of the plants
I met caboclos
That come to teach
Dancing the magic of the forces
Of water, of fire, of earth, of air
I went inside of myself
I found a universe sprouting
In my chest, love overflowing
And my being becoming realized
In this awakening
Stars shining up above
Shining here inside and everywhere
Heyá! Go into the woods
Heyô! Go to the bottom of the sea
Heyá! And the force goes whirling
Strengthening here inside the shrine
Buy this Medicine Music
This album is a reflection of our love for the sacred medicines and it’s teachings combined with our love for music in it’s diversity. We hope you will enjoy listening to it as much as we did creating it.
About Mantric Mambo
Mantric Mambo is the name of the Mãe D’água Tribe band, as well as the definition of its innovative style. The balance that intertwines the soft, crystalline melodies with the beautiful and harmonic voices; the groove and the irresistible magic of the guitars, drums, flutes, accordion and the sampoña, as well as its particular way of interpreting and recombining rhythms and styles with deep Latin and african-American roots, convert Mantric Mambo in a unique band of it’s kind.
Over the years they have played in many spiritual ceremonies and also presented in different stages.
The band consists of Yatra (voice, keyboard and mixing), Ambika (voice and art design), Raghini (voice, flute, accordion and mixing) Pablo (guitar, viola caipira and electric guitar), Ninad (guitar, bass, charango and mixing), Katy (percussion), and Ion (percussion and sampoña).
Other musicians had special participation in the production of some of the band’s albums.
The Mantric Mambo’s music reflects the expression of the divine; the musicality in its most pure and crystalline frequency, transmitting the love and unity that exists among its members, which manifests itself in the harmony and magnitude of each song!
Mantric Mambo’s musicians
Raghini – Music/lyrics, singer, flute, accordion and mixing
Ambika – Music/lyrics, singer, art designer
Ninad – Music/lyrics, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass, xarango and mixing Musical
Pablo – Music/lyrics, acoustic guitar, Caipira guitar and electric guitar
Katy – Music/lyrics, singer, percurssion, acoustic guitar
Yatra – Music/lyrics, singer, keyboard and mixing
Ion – Percurssion, sampoña and photography
Where to Find Mantric Mambo
The best way to find out more about the band, the community, and the Condor Eagle Festival is to visit Mantric Mambo’s website. To buy their music, go to their Bandcamp page. Their Soundcloud is not all that up to date.
Mantric Mambo’s Official Website
Mantric Mambo on Bandcamp
Mantric Mambo on Soundcloud
About Mãe D’água Tribe
Residing for many years in Alto Paraíso de Goiás, in the Chapada dos Veadeiros, its founding members began drinking Ayahuasca together in 1996, and since then they recognized themselves within this path and have undergone processes of transformation and awakening together, learning to work with the energy and developing the sensitivity to facilitate the participants experience during the ceremonies, creating a space where the medicines can manifest and perform their healing.
Throughout this journey, influences from several lineages of sacred medicines of the Americas, enriched the ceremonies and the vision of the tribe.
They created in the year 2000, the institution “Center of Awareness of the Friends of the Forest”, thus legalizing their work within the legislation that governs Ayahuasca in Brazil.
“Our work is dedicated to exploring levels and states of consciousness that promote a harmonious life experience, through the recognition of the divine within each one, the source of the creator that we are.”
Art by Ambika Cruz
Motion Art by Sahaj Kaliman