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Unicorn World Record Attempt

Posted on May 18th, 2017 in Recent posts by .

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Whereas the English consider the fiery Barbary lion to be their national symbol, the Scottish cherish an altogether more mystical creature. A stately unicorn adorns the Scottish coat of arms, and symbolises both harmony and peace across the land. This year’s Knockengorroch World Ceilidh Festival, deep in the majestic Galloway hills, is honouring the ancient beast with an official world record attempt for the highest number of unicorns in one place as part of its 20th anniversary celebrations. Festival organiser Liz Holmes is anticipating a joyous occasion: “We wanted to do something exciting, fun and different to celebrate our 20th year. The unicorn is a truly multicultural symbol for us to celebrate, reflecting our international taste in music!”

The attempt has been fully accredited by the Guinness Book of Records, and attendees of all ages are encouraged to wear unicorn horns and be part of the effort. Performers at the four-day affair include Scottish folk stalwarts RURA, klezmer ensemble Tantz, roots reggae legend Max Romeo and Molotov Jukebox. The Kakatsitsi Drummers and the Gubi San Bushmen, Sheelanagig and Tonto Malembe are also amoung the vast list of artists set to perform at Knochengorroch.

 Knockengorroch World Ceilidh Festival takes place from May 25-28.

Find out more: www.knockengorroch.org.uk

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La Chiva Gantiva releases new music video

Posted on May 16th, 2017 in Recent posts by .

In accordance with their usual mischievous style, La Chiva Gantiva are back with a new music video filled with humour, bordering on absurdity.

Loaded with Colombian slang, astronauts, scientist monkeys and mad air hostesses, this video is not short on entertainment!

The music video for ‘El Ritmo Lo Llevo Yo’, filmed in a Belgian airport hangar, was directed by the leader of the group Rafael Espinel in collaboration with his Belgian university partner Nicolas Moins. ‘El Ritmo Lo Llevo Yo’ is the first single from La Chiva Gantiva’s new album, entitled Despegue (Take-Off). Multiple tours across the world over the past few years have inspired the group to create this ‘Western galactic cumbia’, which invites us to ‘open our eyes and to be protagonists of our own lives.’ It announces an intergalactic take-off (despegue), as seen by astronauts from another world. Space-ships at the ready.

La Chiva Gantiva will be touring across the globe this summer, including a visit to the UK in August. For more info: www.lachivagantiva.com

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New Apple Music Playlist: Cape Verde Island Beauty

Posted on April 13th, 2017 in Recent posts by .

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The Cape Verde archipelago is a collection of ten small islands some 500km off the coast of Senegal that mark Africa’s most Western frontier. This very poor and isolated nation won international recognition through the beautiful voice of Cesaria Evora (1941-2011), a singer nicknamed ‘the barefoot diva.’ Evora grew up in extreme poverty and sang in bars for decades until the male singer Bana took her to Portugal in the early 1990s. A Parisian Cape Verdean then produced and promoted Cesaria on the world music circuit. The beauty of her voice and the morna – as Cape Verde’s ballad music is described – found Evora enjoying great fame. Many other Cape Verdean musicians have followed in her wake, both veterans like Zé Luís and newbies Lura and Elida Almeida. Playlist by Garth Cartwright for Songlines.

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La Linea Festival returns to London, featuring Orkesta Mendoza, António Zambujo, Totó La Momposina and more

Posted on April 13th, 2017 in Live by .

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Orkesta Mendoza, António Zambujo and Totó La Momposina are set to appear at this year’s La Linea Festival in London

The London Latin Music Festival, La Linea, founded by ¡Como No! has built a firm reputation as one of the world’s most unique celebrations of South American music since its inception in 2001. The annual event returns for its 17th year this April, hosting an eclectic range of artists in a number of venues spread out across the capital.

The festival will feature the fiery Orkesta Mendoza, who will bring their unique cultural fusion of cumbia, mambo, indie and rock’n’roll to Rich Mix on April 21. Portuguese singer and guitarist António Zambujo is also set to make a welcome return to La Linea, bringing the Chico Buarque songbook to London for the first time; catch him at Cadogan Hall on April 21. The legendary Totó La Momposina will also take to the stage at Cadogan Hall on April 28 in a rare UK appearance, representing the music of Columbia’s Caribbean coastline.

La Linea will take place between April 18-29 2017.

 

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