La Linea 2012 (April 16-27), whose contemporary Latin music line-up is as impressive as it is eclectic, kicks off next week across a host of venues in central London, including the Barbican, KOKO, Rich Mix, and the HMV Forum to name just a few.
The festival, which takes place every April, begins with Portugal’s Madredeus at the Barbican on April 16, who will be celebrating their 25th anniversary after a six year sabbatical.
On April 19, London’s KOKO will be home to a Brazilian triple bill, starting with Curumin’s samba soul and Lucas Santtana’s grooves who will open for singer-songwriter Céu and her São Paulo sounds.
The festival also features performances by Roberto Pla’s Latin Ensemble, The London Lucumi Choir, Juan de Marcos’ Afro Cuban All Stars, and Amaral among others.
La Linea will also be taking to the road and touring around the UK, with performances by Céu and Curumin in Bristol, Manchester, Coventry, Gateshead and Brighton beginning next Wednesday.
Don’t forget that when purchasing your La Linea tickets via Ticketmaster, SEE Tickets or Ticketweb you can also buy the Latin issue of Songlines magazine (#81) for only £1 (usual magazine price £4.95). The magazine comes with 2 CDs including music from Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura album: The Search Continues and you simply collect the magazine from the venue on the night of the show. Follow the links from any La Linea show to purchase.
The new issue of Songlines (#83) is out now featuring double-page spreads on La Linea 12 headliners Madredeus and Juan de Marcos Afro Cuban All Stars.
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