In its 17th edition, the La Linea festival brings a selection of the most outstanding artists in Latin America to the UK. Taking place between 18 and 29 April, are eight days’ worth of performances from artists including Julieta Venegas, Totó La Momposina, Estopa and António Zambujo, among others.
The diversity and richness of Latin American music is undeniable. In the rest of the world – and particularly in Europe – the sounds coming from the new world are appreciated with a growing admiration.
Although it was unsurprising that Latin American artists would seek out Europeans to perform duets, it is a lot more common today to see artists from around the world looking to nourish themselves with the diverse rhythms heard between Mexico and Tierra del Fuego.
As a London tradition, the evidence of this richness will meet once again in the British capital, in a new edition of La Línea – The London Latin music festival, now in its 17th edition, which will be held for almost two weeks.
The programme includes major representatives that reflect this range of different styles coming to London, a city where the Latin community is growing daily and starting to forge its own place thanks to gastronomy and culture.
The eight performances that make up the festival this year deliver sounds from Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Spain, Cuba, the Mexico-United States border and London. In charge of opening the festival – and never without her accordion and array of hits – is Julieta Venegas, who will give her first performance in London after a nine-year absence.
The Mexican arrives with her most recent album “Algo sucede“, which earnt her a Latin Grammy in 2016. The singer of “Me voy” and “Limón y sal” will be preceded by support act Spanish artist Gizmo Varillas.
After performances by La Kasha, Telajeta and the Orkesta Mendoza (who begin their six-date tour in the UK with this festival) it will be the turn of António Zambujo, performing a selection of songs in London by the singer Chico Buarque.
The Portuguese singer comes from recording his album “Até pensei que fosse minha”, which was collaborated on by Buarque himself. As well as including successes from older records, this will be the chance to see Zambujo for those who failed to get tickets for his previous concert at Union Chapel last year.
With a career spanning almost two decades, brothers José and David Muñoz, better known as Estopa, will arrive with their rock, rumba and flamenco fusion.
Two days later Violetta’s last tango will kick off with the first of their six shows, which intend to bring the passion of the Buenos Aires milongas to the heart of London.
With decades of experience, Totó the Momposina arrives at this edition of the festival having influenced a wide variety of artists over the years.
With her latest album “Tambolero“, the Colombian brings sounds from the Caribbean coast. She will be accompanied on stage by family members, drums, flutes and other voices.
The closing of the festival will be in the hands of the Cuban pianist Eliane Correa, one of the most amazing artists to come out of Havana, who arrives with her mix of Latin and jazz sounds.
Dates and locations: Tuesday 18 April: Julieta Venegas (with Gizmo Varillas as support act) – Barbican Hall; Thursday 20 April: Future Latin Sounds with La Kasha and Telajeta – Cadogan Hall; Friday 21 April: António Zambujo sings Chico Buarque – Cadogan Hall; Friday 21 April: Orkesta Mendoza – Rich Mix; Sunday 23 April: Estopa – Shepherds Bush Empire
Tuesday 25 – Saturday 29 April: Violetta’s Last Tango – Wilton’s Music Hall; Friday 28 April: Totó La Momposina y sus tambores – Cadogan Hall; Sunday 29 April: Eliane Correa & El aire Project + London Lucumi Choir – Rich Mix; more information here.
Photos: Wikimedia Commons – (Translated by Sydney Sims)