Songlines Music Awards 2014 winners Family Atlantica and Ivorian Dobet Gnahoré open this year’s Songlines Encounters Festival at Kings Place
Featuring the larger-than-life singer Luzmira Zerpa, Family Atlantica are an extended family of musicians from Venezuela, Ghana and East London. With a backing of thrilling West African percussion, the band is a product of the cultural vibrancy of this city. Family Atlantica’s debut album was a Songlines favourite – one of our Best Albums of 2013 – and their music is a thrilling ida y vuelta (coming and going) between Africa, the Caribbean and Europe.
Dobet Gnahoré, from Ivory Coast, is one of Africa’s most dynamic young female performers. The daughter of a master percussionist, Dobet started performing aged 12 and was a member of Ivory Coast’s pan-African ensemble Ki-Yi M’Bock. As a result, she sings in a large number of African languages. With striking costumes, Dobet’s shows have a visceral energy and power which you won’t forget. Dobet’s performance is in collaboration with Enchanted Tunes.*
Family Atlantica perform ‘Arena’
Leandra Varanda & Jonathan Preiss
London-based Brazilian singer Leandra Varanda has built a superb reputation in the UK, touring and recording with groups including choro/samba group Caratinga and Adriano Adewale’s Umpatacum, and performing at venues including the National Theatre, the Eden Project, the Barbican Centre, and festivals including the Welsh Proms, the City of London Festival and the Southbank Centre’s Festival Brasil. Leandra’s music encompasses many facets of contemporary and traditional Brazilian music and she will perform an intimate duo set with guitarist and songwriting partner Jonathan Preiss, showcasing original songs alongside a few classic Brazilian MPB tunes.
You can book your tickets by visiting the Kings Place website or by calling 020 7520 1490. We hope to see you there!