LA LINEA The London Latin Music Festival
Tue 18 April – Julieta Venegas – Barbican Hall
Thu 20 April – Future Latin Sounds – Concrete, E1
Fri 21 April – Antonio Zambujo sings Chico Buarque – Cadogan Hall
Fri 21 April – Orkesta Mendoza – Rich Mix*
Sun 23 April – Estopa – Shepherds Bush Empire
Tue 25- Sat 29 – Violetta’s Last Tango – Wilton’s Music Hall
Fri 28 April – Totó La Momposina y sus Tambores.– Cadogan Hall
Sat 29 April – Eliane Correa & En El Aire Project + London Lucumi Choir – Rich Mix
* Orkesta Mendoza tour nationally
La Linea – The London Latin Music Festival returns this April with a dynamic mix of rising stars and global superstars from the Latin music world!
Celebrating its 17th anniversary, La Linea was created by Como No in 2001 to showcase the Latin contribution to the wider musical world and to celebrate new artists, new collaborations and new projects. La Linea also recognises and celebrates London’s growing status as one of the world’s great Latin cities, home to many Latin artists and a hungry and diverse audience.
La Linea takes place each April in a range of venues across central London, from clubs to concert halls, presenting genre crossing sounds from Mexico, traditional music from Colombia, youthful rock/rumba from Spain, new jazz sounds from Cuba, Argentinian tango fused with opera and dance, psychedelic indie-mambo from the US/Mexico border lands and future Latin-electronica from London.
Grammy award-winning Mexican singer/songwriter Julieta Venegas returns to London after an absence of almost a decade for a very special show that sees her perform some of her best loved music in an intimate, stripped down, accordion-led setting. Spanish rock/rumba superstars Estopa make their UK debut. The two brothers José and David Muñoz’s trademark mix of rock, rumba and Flamenco has scored them hit after hit both at home and across Latin America and they appear here in support of their acclaimed ninth album Rumba a lo Desconocido. The remarkable António Zambujo, the biggest star in Portugal’s contemporary music firmament, has carved out a musical career by steering a unique path that lies between Fado and the traditional polyphonic Cante Alentejano from Southern Portugal. He appears here singing material from Até Pensei Que Fosse Minha (I Even Thought She Was Mine) a tribute to the songs of Chico Buarque. Launching their La Linea national tour in London, Orkesta Mendoza’s exhilarating mix of cumbia, indie-mambo and psychedelia – all in well-cut suits – guarantees a good time. Their brash, widescreen style and witty reference to ‘60s instrumental pop is both effortlessly classy and enormous fun. Colombian superstar Totó la Momposina returns to the UK with a new show inspired by her last album Tambolero. Now in her 70s, Totó has become a legend worldwide for her work with traditional music from the Caribbean coast of Colombia. Investigating and preserving the music of her homeland when it was unfashionable to do so, she has inspired a generation. Alongside these established super stars La Linea is also proud to present the rising stars of Latin music with two exciting bills at Rich Mix presenting an exciting new voice in Cuban jazz and electronica-tinged sounds from London. Eliane Correa is a Cuban pianist, composer and bandleader. Tipped by Gilles Peterson as one of the freshest new artists to come out of Havana, her music is a genre-defying melting pot of sounds. The strong presence of Afro-Cuban roots and folk music with batá drumming and rumba rhythms is complemented by the newest grooves of contemporary soul. Support comes from the The London Lucumi Choir whose songs to the Orisha are accompanied by traditional Bata Drums for a night of exhilarating Cuban sounds. Future Latin Sounds presents the freshest developments in Latin influenced electronica from producer engineer Jonathan Espinosa and new collective La Kasha. Finally, LA Linea embraces the theatrical as we enter the world of tango diva Violetta, a singer who lives out her dreams in the Milongas of Buenos Aires. This fully staged evening of specially arranged tangos, popular opera and musical numbers in London’s oldest and most beautiful music hall features singer Ann Liebeck, champion tango dancers and a band led by virtuoso Cuban jazz violinist Omar Puente with star bandoneon player Julian Rowlands.
Information and tickets for all shows www.lalineafestival.com
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