Songlines Music Awards 2014 Best Newcomer

Newcomer:: Family Atlantica

Album: Family Atlantica on Soundway Records

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It was four years in the making, but the debut by London's Family Atlantica was well worth the wait. A band that could only have formed in the multicultural mecca of London, Family Atlantica are fronted by the Venezuelan vocal powerhouse Luzmira Zerpa, London-born percussionist Jack Yglesias, and Nigerian/Ghanaian percussionist Kwame Crentsil.

Together, their fusion explores the wealth of music on either side of the Atlantic. Zerpa's rich and expressive voice, underpinned by intoxicating rhythms, delves into stories from Africa and the Americas with unparalleled joy and enthusiasm, uniting the music of the African diaspora.

Succinctly summarising their ethos, Yglesias told Songlines, ‘music unites people, it builds a bridge between individuals across the Atlantic.’ And that is exactly what Family Atlantica have managed to do, creating an album of passionate, joyous music that is thoroughly enlightened by a rich history of peoples, but at the same time, very much a contemporary sound.