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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.
Words by Garth Cartwright
She’Koyokh have carved out a reputation as one of the UK’s brightest world music bands. These young Londoners effortlessly blend vernacular music from Turkey, the Balkans and Eastern Europe to create a very exciting whole. Klezmer is at the root of She’Koyokh’s sound and ‘Der Filosof/Flatbush Waltz’ is a lovely slice of soulful klezmer sung by tuba player Paul Tkachenko. But rather than endlessly play variations on klezmer tunes, they have expanded their sound into a rich tapestry. In concert, She’Koyokh are never less than brilliant yet their previous studio albums have often felt a little stiff, as if the band freeze up without an audience. Wild Goats & Unmarried Women finds them raising their game, sounding more organic, unhurried, looser and more dynamic.
As ever, the interplay between these eight musicians is superb – clarinettist Susi Evans, guitarist Matt Bacon and violinist Meg-Rosaleen Hamilton weave intricate, complex melodies over an impressive rhythm section, while vocalist Çiğdem Aslan (whose debut album Mortissa was one of Songlines’ picks of 2013) sings with mournful beauty on tunes such as ‘Moj Dilbere’ and ‘Teke Zortlatmasi’. The only improvement I can imagine to the band’s sound would involve them further exploring the more psychedelic, trance-like elements of their music – Balkan raga rock drones. But Wild Goats… remains a hugely enjoyable listen.
Track to Try: ‘Moj Dilbere’
Following last year’s sell-out concert at London’s Barbican Centre, we’re delighted to announce this year’s winners’ concert on Friday December 13. All four winners will be performing: One of Africa’s most exciting live acts Angélique Kidjo (Best Artist), Zimbabwean sensation Mokoomba (Newcomer), French collective Lo’Jo (Best Group) and reggae/jazz fusion act Dub Colossus (Cross-Cultural Collaboration).
Tickets are now on sale from the Barbican Box Office on +44 (0)20 7638 8891 or online at www.barbican.org.uk
Watch performances from all four artists in our official Songlines Music Awards Winners’ 2013 video:
Celebrating Sanctuary returns as part of Refugee Week
Returning to London this year is the highly anticipated Celebrating Sanctuary London Festival (June 16, 21 & 23). Once again, the festival kick starts Refugee Week (June 17-23).
The annual free festival celebrates the artistic heritage of the UK’s refugee communities – shedding light on their contributions and their influence on cultural life in the capital. For the first time, this year’s Celebrating Sanctuary not only launches Refugee Week, it also returns to Bernie Gardens on the Southbank and to Rich Mix throughout the week. Last year’s festival played host to over 25,000 visitors, with this year looking set to exceed those numbers.
Headliners this year include:
Etran Finatawa (Niger) Featured in the upcoming issue (July 2013, #93) the African desert-blues four piece come together in solidarity with Celebrating Sanctuary to raise awareness on turbulent political climate in the Sahel region, whilst sharing its rich musical heritage.
Sam Carter & Lucky Moyo (UK/Zimbabwe) An exciting collaboration between BBC Folk Award winner Sam Carter and Zimbabwean Lucky Moyo, whose choral music draws inspiration from his travels throughout 30 countries – he will be joined by his six-piece African choir.
Lokkhi Terra (UK) Spanning the sounds of Bangladeshi folk and Cuban rumba, the London based fusion band treat listeners to a melting pot of sounds inspired by the musician’s varying backgrounds. Lokkhi Terra will also be playing at this years Songlines Encounters Festival (June 8) at Kings Place.
Katy Carr (UK) Nominated for her latest album at the Songlines Music Awards 2013, Katy graces Celebrating Sanctuary with her band The Aviators, telling a musical story to the audience that evokes an emotional response to the struggle of being a Polish refugee in WWII.
Yiddish Twist Orchestra (UK) Multi-cultural magpies Ben Mandelson and Natty Bo invite us on a journey through London’s diverse musical history; including ventures into klezmer from the East End’s Jewish population, calypso from London’s West Indian communities and rock’n’roll – all with a dash of Latin dance music.
The Embassy of Refugees (UK) A dramatic art installation by London architect Natasha Reid; the curved timber pavilion inspired by a tree canopy’s natural refuge will host a series of talks that explore the issues surrounding ‘sanctuary’ in art, history and politics.
More details and announcements will be announced on June 13 on their website.