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La Linea – The London Latin Music Festival is Back for 2022

Celebrate Latin Cultura at these La Linea events this Spring!!

London’s very own Latin Music Festival La Linea is back this year continuing through April with events spread all over London. So here’s a list of La Linea events that you can attend this April:

Candela Records Showcase

The Jazz Cafe – 21st April

Candela Records is the UK’s first-ever record label dedicated to Urban Latin Music, and this is their first live showcase. In partnership with Atlantic Records UK, Candela Records is on a mission to discover and develop UK-Latin talent and launch them onto a global stage.

At this Jazz Cafe performance, you can expect to see artists like Angelo Flow, Clara Hurtado, Guala, Rene Alvarez and his Afro-Cuban Funk Project, and The London Latin All Stars.

Lina_Raül Refree

Union Chapel – 23rd April 7pm

Lina_Raül Refree - Uguru

Portuguese singer Lina joins forces with contemporary producer Raül Refree (Rosalía, Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo) to create a new soundscape for her haunting reinterpretations of the great fado queen Amalia Rodrigues’s classic repertoire.

Their album Lina_Raül Refree delivers a 21st-century spin on fado in this intimate, heartfelt, and passionate performance. Portuguese guitarist, and long-term Incognito member, Francisco Sales plays an atmospheric, filmic set of music from his soon-to-be-released third solo album.

Roberto Fonseca

The Jazz Cafe – 24th April at 7pm

Born in 1975 in Havana, Cuba, Roberto Fonseca has established himself as one of the most gifted — and popular — pianists of his generation, an artist of prowess and ideas, a musician with a questing jazz sensibility and deep roots in the Afro-Cuban tradition.

After making his name replacing Ruben González in the legendary Buena Vista Social Club™, and after his Grammy nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album, Roberto Fonseca represents the meeting between jazz and the music of Cuba, both today and yesterday, and its African roots.

Luzmira Zerpa: Infinita, beyond borders Música Llanera

Cafe Oto – 24th April at 7:30 pm

The undisputed queen of Afro-Latin fusion, the Venezuelan cuatro player and vocalist Luzmira Zerpa presents her continuing exploration of the wider reaches of musica tropical. She will be focussing on the llanero repertoire – music of the tropical plains of Venezuela – from her forthcoming record on Mais Um Discos.

Luzmira is accompanied by three virtuoso musicians: Colombian Harpist Diego Laverde, Venezuelan Adolfredo Pulido on bass, and Venezuelan master percussionist Carlos Talez.

Ana Tijoux + Fedzilla + DJ Cal Jader

The Jazz Cafe – 26th April at 7 pm

Ana Tijoux makes a welcome return to La Linea following her two sold-out shows at the festival in 2015 and 2018. Ana’s solo career began in 2009 and she has since become arguably the most important Chilean musical figure of her generation.

Returning to her rap roots, the title track of her latest album, Antifa Dance, (Antifa means anti-fascist) is an urgent call to the internationalism that the world emergency demands.

Sara Correia + Babesa Cubana

Union Chapel – 28th April at 7 pm

This is Sara Correia’s UK debut: her intense, smokey, and passionate voice captures love and power, sadness and joy, the city of Lisbon, and the Portuguese soul. Inhabiting the middle ground between traditional, dark fado and its modern, lighter incarnation, her mellifluous toplines are influenced by French chanson.

Growing up in a family of fadistas, Sara was immersed in fado and was just 13 years old when she won the Grande Noite do Fado (a major festival and singing competition). Her husky high-contralto voice still projects the intensity of the roots music she grew up listening to.

Mambo Man Film Premiere

Ritzy Picturehouse – 28th April at 6:30 pm

Filmed in Cuba, Mambo Man has been a stealth success during the pandemic, picking up more than eighty film festival awards in the last year, from Best Independent Feature at the New York Independent Cinema Awards, to Winner of The European Independent Film Award.

This first UK cinema screening will feature a live performance by musicians from the film.

Mariachi Las Adelitas UK

Rich Mix – 29th April at 7 pm

Formed in London in 2013 this unique band was born out of a desire to shatter stereotypes within the traditionally male-dominated mariachi genre.

A seven-piece band originally from Mexico, Cuba, Colombia, Italy, and the UK, they are the only female mariachi band in Europe. This is the group’s first London headline show, having serenaded Salma Hayek at her birthday celebration in the Capital. They also opened for Arcade Fire at Earls Court.

¡Cumbia, Mi Amor! ft. Malphino + Coco Maria!

Well Seasoned (Peckham) – 30th April at 1 am

Movimientos joins forces with La Linea festival for a very special edition of their ¡Cumbia, Mi Amor! night. Featuring a live show from the UK’s premier Cumbia outfit Malphino on the eve of their new EP release on Lex Records alongside very special guest DJ Coco Maria (Mexico / Worldwide FM) all in Peckham’s newest live music/club spot Well Seasoned.

New Regency Orchestra

EartH Hall – 2nd May at 7pm

New Regency Orchestra (NRO) is a twenty-piece big band on a mission to take the music of the Afro Cuban musical saints and reinvent it through a London filter. This is hard-blowing music for hard times featuring a storming twelve-piece horn and eight-piece rhythm sections. Expect some special surprises for La Linea.

NRO takes its inspiration from New York’s melding of Jazz and Latin from the 50s to the 70s, when the sound of jazz luminaries Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker collided with the Cuban roots of Chano Pozo and Machito.

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