La Linea returns for more Latin festivities

La Linea 2011 will bring an eclectic range of Latin music to London this April, ranging from Spanish flamenco and Argentine cumbia to Cuban son and the Judeo-Spanish Ladino music!

Beginning with the Ladino/Flamenco star Yasmin Levy before moving onto the energetic Spaniards Muchachito and Ojos de Brujo, coming over all cumbia with Mexican Institute of Sound and Axel Krygier, and finally coming to a calm with Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club and their joyous land of Afro-cuban classics, La Linea 2011 promises to be a very exciting edition of the festival.

Beginning on 6th April with Yasmin Levy and Melingo playing at the Barbican, La Linea always offers a panoramic variety of artists and this year is no different. Yasmin Levy, from Israel, is one of the most interesting singers in World Music thanks to her renditions of songs from the Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) tradition as well as her fiery flamenco interpretations. She will be joined by the Argentine Daniel Melingo, a man with an extraordinary history: he was in Milton Nascimento’s band in the 70s, later joined Los Abuelos de la Nada (the original Argentine punk band!) and also played with Charly Garcia for a time. In recent years he has rediscovered his Argentine heritage and love for tango, appearing on the last Gotan Project album as well as producing his own version of tango with his last album, Maldito Tango.

From Barcelona comes Muchachito aka Jairo Perera, a one-man phenomenom, he will be mixing song and spoken word, swing and rumba, and, as he will be accompanied by the painter Santos de Veracruz, music with art. On Friday 8th April at Cargo, this should be an intimate show aiming to recreate the atmosphere of Spanish street theatre. The following Friday (15th April) Ojos de Brujo will arrive at the Barbican for a special 10th Anniversary show. Also from Barcelona, and often sharing a stage with Muchachito’s Bomba Infierno group, are Ojos de Brujo. Labelling their music “jipjop flamenkillo” due to its mixture of flamenco and hip-hop they are one of a number of bands that have managed to take the flamenco sound into the 21st century. Depedro will be supporting with his mix of Spanish melancholy and alt-country flavours (his debut album features members of Calexico).

One of the most exciting line-ups of La Linea 2011 is the evening dubbed A Night of Twisted Cumbia at Koko on Sunday 17th April. Mexico’s electronica scene is going through something of an indian summer with a constant stream of new and interesting artists. One of the most prominent is Mexican Institute of Sound, a DJ project combining cumbia with Mexican folk music and other modern forms, who will be making their UK debut. Axel Krygier and Pollito Boogaloo will be ably assisting. Krygier, whose Pesebre album was one of the highlights of 2010, restlessly combines genres including cumbia, tango, electronica and folk music from his Argentine homeland. Pollito Boogaloo play Afro-Colombian roots music including vallenato, early cumbia and puya.

Completing La Linea’s Latin Music Festival will be Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club. Featuring members of the original Buena Vista Social Club including Omara Portuondo the 12-piece live band will be performing the classic Buena Vista mix of swinging son numbers, bolero ballads and sweeping danzones. Papayera will be bringing Colombian flair, in the shape of their hip-swinging renditions of vallenato, cumbia and mapale, to the party.


Wed 6th April, 7.30pm, £22
Yasmin Levy + Melingo

Barbican Hall, Silk St, City of London, EC2Y 8DS
020 7638 8891

Fri 8th April, doors 7pm Muchachito onstage 8.30pm, £15 adv
Muchachito with Santos de Veracruz
Cargo, 83 Rivington Street, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3AY
0844 771 000

Fri 15th April, 7.30pm, £12-22
Ojos de Brujo Special 10th Anniversary Show + Depedro
Barbican Hall, Silk St, City of London, EC2Y 8DS
020 7638 8891

Sun 17th April, 7pm, £15 adv
Mexican Institute of Sound, Axel Krygier, Pollito Boogaloo + special guests to be announced
Koko, 1A Camden High Street, London, NW1 7JE
0844 847 2258

Tue 19th April, 7.30pm, £22.50 – £27.50
Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club ® Featuring Omara Portuondo + Papayera
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
0845 401 5045

More info:
La Linea 2011 at Como No!

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