London Latin Music Festival, La Linea. will be making a much-anticipated return this spring with artists from across the eclectic and thriving Latin music scene hitting venues across the UK capital from April 21 to May 2.
With a program largely made up of women, La Linea 2022 marks the return of international artists after more than two years alongside performances by a range of acts from the burgeoning Latin music scene in the UK.
The festival has a pre-launch on March 27 with a performance by multiple Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Bebel Gilberto, who will debut from his highly acclaimed 2020 album Agora.
Daughter of Brazilian music royalty João GilbertoBebel was described by The Guardian as someone who “specialized in a laid-back, hazy fusion of bossa nova and electronica” and this gig presents a rare opportunity to catch one of the music world’s most alluring stars.
Rescheduled following the postponement of La Linea 2020, the Bebel concert will take place at the end of March as a prelude to the April and May shows. Opening for Bebel is Carwyn Ellis & Rio 18, whose Welsh version of Brazilian music embodies the La Linea bridge between the UK and Latin America.
Pioneering French-Chilean singer Ana Tijoux, whose sound mixes hip-hop, Latin pop and R&B, makes a welcome return to the festival with a concert at the Jazz Café on April 26. The same venue also features Grammy-nominated Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca with his trio on April 24. Since making his name at the legendary Buena Vista Social Club, Fonseca has been at the forefront of the Cuban music renaissance, blending his love of jazz with his Cuban heritage and African roots.
The festival will also welcome Sara Correia for her UK debut at Union Chapel. Correia’s voice and style captures a balance between traditional fado with its modern, lighter incarnation, but also towards French chanson. Her debut album Sara Correia, released in 2018, earned two nominations for Best Fado Album and Best New Artist at the PLAY-Portuguese Music Awards.
Additionally, Union Chapel welcomes rewired fado with Portuguese singer Lina teaming up with contemporary producer Raül Refree creating a fresh take on the iconic repertoire of fado queen Amália Rodrigues. their album Lina_Raul Refree gives a 21st century feel to this early music replacing guitars with piano and analog synths. The Times commented that “the contrast between the bloody emotion of Lina’s voice and the cold electronic tones is extremely effective”.
Electric Brixton brings Maykel Blanco to South London with his Salsa Mayor known as “The Musical Machine of Cuba”. Having made their way onto the Havana music scene nearly fifteen years ago, they remain one of Cuba’s most tantalizing live bands. London’s New Regency Orchestra perform a special La Linea show as part of their Earth residency, as they demonstrate their mission to bring Afro-Cuban sounds into the 21st century. The band features a 12-piece horn section as well as an expansive 6-piece rhythm section drawing inspiration from the New York fusion of jazz and Latin from the 1950s to the 1970s.
These will be appearances for Las Adelitas, an all-female seven-piece band aiming to break stereotypes as the only female mariachi band in Europe, and Luzmira Zerpa, a prolific Venezuelan singer/songwriter who presents her new music-dipping project. . Andean plains.
La Linea 22 will also host a Candela Records showcase at the Jazz Cafe, where musicians such as Angelo Flow, Clara Hurtado and Guala will take to the stage. Candela Records is the UK’s first-ever label dedicated to urban Latin music, a partnership between Atlantic Records UK, music distributor ADA and Latino Life media.
As well as live music, the festival will feature the UK premiere of the feature film Mambo Man, which won 80 international film festival awards and features a soundtrack of Cuban music. La Linea teams up with Movimientos for a special edition of their ¡Cumbia, Mi Amor! evening with a live show from Cumbia’s first UK band Malphino on the eve of the release of their new EP on Lex Records, plus special guest DJs at Peckham’s brand new live music club, Well Seasoned.
Tickets are on sale now and available at the event counter official site.
Bebel Gilberto + supports Carwyn Ellis & Rio 18
Sunday 27 March – Royal Festival Hall
Candela Records Night:
Angelo Flow, Clara Hurtado and Guala, Rene Alvarez and his Afro-Cuban funk project
Thursday, April 21 – Le Jazz Café
Maykel Blanco y su Salsa Mayor + Javier La Rosa + Rich Fallon + Dr Jim
Friday 22 April – Electric Brixton
Lina_ Raül Refree + support Francisco Sales
Saturday, April 23 – Union Chapel
Sunday April 24 – The Jazz Café
Sunday April 24 – Café Oto
Ana Tijoux + Fedzilla support + DJ Cal Jader
Tuesday, April 26 – Le Jazz Café
Sara Correia + supports Babesa Cubana
Thursday, April 28 – Union Chapel
Thursday April 28 – Ritzy Cinema – preview
Mariachi Las Adelitas United Kingdom
Friday, April 29 – Rich Mix
¡Cumbia, Mi Amor! ft Malphino & special guests
Saturday April 30 – Well Seasoned Peckham
New Regency Orchestra
Monday, May 2 – Earth Room
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