Preview: La Linea Festival 2018 (London; 20th to 30th April 2018)

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We’re almost there, just a few more days and La Linea Festival will “Latinise” London once again.

With its 2018 edition, the music series, organized by ¡Como No! will reach its coming of age: 18 years dedicated to supporting, celebrating and spreading Latin music around London.

It will keep on fulfilling its function from the 20th of April at the Barbican when Camilo Lara and his Mexican Institute of Sound (supported by special guests) will visit London to make known and pay tribute to the rich tradition of Mexican and South Californian composers enriching the US film and television industry.

While, on the second evening of the festival, Gisela João, the brightest stars of the Portuguese music scene, will bring some organic and sweet-and-sour fado music to the Union Chapel.

On the 23rd of April, Ariwo one of the coolest and most up-and-coming projects, recently born in London – will perform, at Village Underground, their enveloping and other-worldly musical dream, merging together Afro-Cuban and Iranian traditions, electronic soundscapes, virtuosity, and spiritualism.

Cuba will also be the central dominant scene two nights later at the Royal Albert Hall, where legendary Eliades Ochoa with his guitar and Panama hat will revive Buena Vista Social Club and Cuarteto Patria’s memory and son repertoire.

The following night (Thursday 26th of April) will have an entirely different note because, from Chile, indomitable and blunt singer-songwriter and MC Ana Tijoux will perform her latest work Roja y Negro at the Jazz Café with its array of passionate lyrics (related to feelings and emotions but also to social and political causes) and sounds (adding Latin folkloric styles like bolero, tango and waltz).

West Africa meeting Cuba will be the theme of the fifth day of the festival (Friday the 27th), when Senegalese outfit Orchestra Baobab will bring their rhythmic fusion between Latin rumba and son with their Wolof griot roots to the Barbican.

Two days later, on Sunday the 29th of April, La Linea will let you travel back to Mexico, keeping intact the odour and taste (and sound) of its country of residence. Mexrissey are indeed the most British of Mexican bands, having Latinized the Smiths’ and Morrissey’s songbook. For the occasion, they will go through a reinterpretation of The Queen is Dead or better said, “La Reyna Is Dead”.

The last night of the festival will be also its most exhilarating and free-spirited one. At Electric Brixton, all the energy of the Catalan rumba will pour out with La Pegatina. Expect an upbeat Catalan music invasion to the rhythms of Ska, reggae, and punk with distinctive patchanka. While, only a few miles away, at Cadogan Hall, Jorge Drexler will display his mastery of songwriting and interpretation introducing his latest work Salvavidas de Hielo.

Save the dates and don’t forget to spring out from the London’s long winter coldness because La Linea Festival with the warming embrace of its Latin character is ready to celebrate its 18th birthday.

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