Preview: Flawa Festival (London; Wednesday 15th to Sunday 19th May 2019)

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There’s a new festival in town aiming to expose and support the often-grueling efforts of Latin American female artists, who despite their talent and dedication, have to face back-breaking challenges and hardly see their work acknowledged.

Flawa (Festival of Latin American Women in the Arts) is a heartfelt 5-day-long tribute to all those women (cisgender, transgender, queer and non-binary), who brought Latin American cultural and artistic expressions forward. Despite the fact that we will focus our attention on the music programme, Flawa is also about art exhibitions, films, readings, spoken words and talks, all having “what Latin American women do” as the common denominator.

The festival’s music calendar is teeming with diverse styles and traditions, starting from Rich Mix on 15th May with Barcelona-based multicultural ensemble Karamba and their blend between Latin, tropical and Caribbean rhythms, from samba to son and salsa to boogaloo. On the following night, at the Genesis Cinema in Bethnal Green, it will be about Venezuela, with a double bill featuring Belén, a bio-pic portraying the ‘Queen of the Quitipla’ and a live performance of Family Atlantica frontwoman Luzmira Zerpa, accompanied by variegated musical friends.

While on Friday 17th, La Dame Blanche and Wara will stun the Rich Mix audience with their Afro-Cuban drive, brimming with hip-hop, electro-cumbia, dancehall, but also plenty of traditional vibes. The sound of the Andes will delight the audience on the 18th at Genesis Cinema, where London-based Bolivian multi-instrumentalist Phaxsi Coca will bring to life some of the purest and ancestral expressions of Latin American music. Liniker e os Caramelows have the task of bringing the festival to a close (on Sunday 19th at OMEARA), but there’s arguably no better and more significant grand finale than a show of the Sao Paulo band. With their funky attitude and socially militant soul, the band plays some of the finest and most soulful bossa nova and MPB you can listen to today. What’s more, Liniker, who’s a black trans woman living in the country with the highest rate of LGBT crime, fully embodies the spirit of Flawa: brilliant, combative and free.

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