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La Linea Festival returns to London, featuring Orkesta Mendoza, António Zambujo, Totó La Momposina and more
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.
Egyptian musicians perform together to help raise funds for Egyptian children
On Tuesday October 22, Cadogan Hall will host an evening of Egyptian music, which will feature traditional North African music and the world premier of three classical works written by Egyptian musicians since the January 2011 revolution. There will be performances by Nass Makan, a traditional folk ensemble from Cairo; the Egyptian Contemporary Classical Music Ensemble, who will play the newly composed pieces for the first time outside of Egypt; the winner of BBC Cardiff’s 2013 Singer of the World Competition, Gala El Hadid; composer Mohammad Saad Basha, who tried to recreate the feeling of economic pressure felt by Egyptians today; and the self-taught 22-year-old composer, Bahaa Al-Ansary.
Nass Makan, meaning ‘People of Place’, will showcase examples of Egypt’s musical heritage. Their director Ahmed El Maghraby writes: ‘stretching deep into history, Coptic hymns from the heart of ancient Egyptian temples blend with Sufi Islamic song to meld with the sound of the pharaonic arghoul – a reed instrument with exact copies thousands of years old on display in the Egyptian museum – and the trumpet, which entered Egyptian vernacular music decades ago once Egyptians musicians had adjusted it to play Egyptian and Eastern musical modes with which they could translate their deeply felt emotion.’
Proceeds from the concert will go to benefit two non-profit organisations – Alfanar and FACE for Children in Need – who work to empower Egyptian children in some of the poorest neighbourhoods.
For more details or to book tickets, please visit Cadogan Hall’s website here.
Words by Luke Shekerali
Thanks to YouTube, most people have heard Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’, but it’s unlikely that they are aware of the rich selection of music Korea has to offer other than this one-hit wonder. Well, luckily for Londoners, there is a chance to experience it first-hand at K-Music Festival 2013 this June. Whether you’re a fan of Korean music or not yet sure, this looks set to be a special event, with venues all over London getting involved.
The week-long festival opens with a UK debut from the highly innovative National Orchestra of Korea at the Barbican, who will dazzle the audience with sounds drawn from ancient instruments and Korean shamanic traditions.
Meanwhile, Geomungo Factory (pictured above) will also make their UK debut at the Cadogan Hall, improvising sounds inspired by jazz, folk and ambient on the thousand-year-old geomungo (zither).
Also making a rare appearance at Cadogan Hall is Ahn Sook-Sun, Korea’s most celebrated pansori star (read more about her in our next issue, #93, on sale June 7). Often described as Korean opera, pansori is in fact more rooted in folk. The audience can expect to be immersed in Sook-Sun’s vivid performance in Heungbo-ga, a comic story surrounding two brothers.
Expect all this and more at this year’s UK celebration of Korean culture.
Upcoming June dates:
June 14 –The National Orchestra of Korea - Barbican
June 16 – UhUhBoo Project + Pere Ubu - Scala
June 19 – Geomungo Factory, Cadogan Hall
June 20 – Yi Sung Yol + Kilha, Scala
June 21 –Pansori Night (Ahn Sook-Sun), Cadogan Hall