From 21 April to 7 May 2023, London Latin Music Festival La Linea will return this spring featuring its mix of international stars and the brightest emerging talent from across the diverse Latin music scene.
La Linea 2023 kicks off with a concert from three-time Latin Grammy winning Peruvian singer Susana Baca. Baca marked the 50th year of her career in 2021 with the release of award-winning album Palabras Urgentes and will make an appearance in London with a show at Jazz Café on Friday April 21st.
Rising Brazilian rapper and star of Netflix documentary Amar Elo, Emicida, will celebrate the rich legacy of black Brazilian culture with a show at the Barbican on 27th April. The Barbican is also set to host seven-time Latin Grammy winning Uruguayan singer Jorge Drexler who won an Oscar in 2005 for “Al otro lado del rio”, a song which he wrote for the film The Motorcycle Diaries. Drexler will perform music from his 2022 album Tinta y Tiempo.
Steam Down’s founder Ahnansé and Mambo Negro Records founder Daniel Michel lead the groundbreaking British-Colombian ensemble Mestizo. Making their live London debut at this year’s festival, Mestizo combine Colombian traditions of currulao, cumbia and salsa with London’s rap verses, British diaspora music and jazz improvisation.
The show will coincide with their self-titled debut album, Mestizo, released on 5th May 2023.
The New Regency Orchestra return to the festival to perform at Colour Factory.
The 18-piece ensemble put their unique spin on the Jazz and Latin sounds that emanated from New York in the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s and premiere some new material for La Linea.
Award-winning Brazilian quintet Alvorada will be joined by Brazilian mandolin Marco Ruviaro for a special show celebrating the music of Pixinguinha. Pixinguinha was hailed as one of the most important composers of choro, a lively instrumental genre originating from Rio de Janeiro where European salon dances are fused with Afro-Brazilian rhythms and the show will take place on National Choro Day.
The same venue will welcome multi-award-winning Mexican guitarist Morgan Szymanski who will perform a programme of music by Latin American composers highlighting the link between classical and traditional idioms.
Rich Mix is set to showcase LGBTQ+ rights activist Alex Etchart debuting their band Vientos presenting the melancholic sounds of South American folk combined with folk songs from the British Isles and Ireland as well as electronica influences. The evening will include support sets from Andean fusion band Sagrada Familia and Venezuelan DJ Popola / Ivicore.
Appealing to music fans of all ages is Madrid’s Chica Charcos whose show with her Katiuskas band is full of poetry, dance and humour.
And there’s a La Linea first performance for Grupo Luma who will mark the 50thanniversary of the coup in Chile against the Salvador Allende government by performing some of the most iconic songs of Allende’s Popular Unity era and Latin America’s Nueva Canción as well as their own compositions.
Dynamic Son Jarocho group Chapulines will bring an evening of Mexican and Latin party sounds to AMP Studios mixing traditional Mexican music with Caribbean and rumba grooves plus special guest DJ – Sabor A Mi.
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