Another band which made the shortlist was The Fontanas. I actually got to know one of the band members, Sam Sutton, through his cousin Camilla, who used to work for a great menswear brand called Hentsch Man (set up by a Brazilian - Alexia Hentsch). You can see a clip of The Fontanas performing (first video) and here's a bit on the band (from one of the band members...):
"Their style is best described as a mix of Anglo-Brazilian funk and ska. With influences scattered around the globe they borrow from the foothills of Brazil, but find their sound firmly routed in West London. Band members are comprised of Brazilian, English and American musicians. Their love of music is a step beyond traditional sambas and carnival medleys, updating the genre, fusing electronic and world elements for a more modern take."
To see for yourself, The Fontanas will be playing at:
Liverpool's Brazilica Carnival
BT River of Music in Victoria Park, London.
They can talso be found on each second Friday at their monthly residency Cover Up at Ginglik