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Competition: Win a Madredeus Vinyl Bundle!

Posted on November 1st, 2017 in Recent posts by .


Win a set of four iconic Madredeus vinyls by entering our competition

Portuguese band Madredeus have been recording their unique mix of fado and modern folk music since 1985. Now you can own four of their iconic albums – Os Dias da Madredeus, O Espírito da Paz, Electronico and Antologia – on vinyl, which were recently reissued by Parlophone Portugal.

The competition closing date is January 5, 2o18 and the winner will be contacted by email. To enter, simply click here!

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La Linea – London’s Latin Music Festival

Posted on April 11th, 2012 in Recent posts by .

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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La Linea 2012 Announces Lineup

Posted on February 23rd, 2012 in Recent posts by .

 Barbican / KOKO / HMV Forum / Bolivar Hall / Village Underground / Rich Mix / Islington Town Hall

La Linea returns to London for two weeks in April boasting yet another sizzling line up of Cuban rumba, Samba soul, Brazilian folk y mucho más! La Linea is one of the most eclectic, ebullient and exciting Latin festivals in the world. Legends Juan De Marcos, Roberto Pla and Céu will be performing alongside some of Latin music’s brightest new stars.

From the 1950s big bands of Edmundo Ros to the salsa craze of the 1990s to the burgeoning tropical bassline scene of today, Latin rhythms have had Londoners moving and shaking for over 50 years and the long love affair shows no signs of abating. Now in it’s 12th year La Linea continues to champion London’s cornerstone place in the world of Latin music.

This year’s festival will be opened by Portugal’s leading musical export Madredeus who shall be playing their first show anywhere in six years. Spanish chart toppers Amaral will be bringing their unique blend of Latin infused pop rock for a rare London appearance.

The mighty Afro Cuban All Stars, led by the venerable Juan de Marcos, return to London for the first time in seven years. Support comes from London based Lokkhi Terra for what promises to be a rare and unforgettable night. Brazilian singer song-writer Céu, who has captivated the world with her mesmerising blend of bossa, electronica, samba and dub will be joined at Koko by two of the most exciting new Brazilian artists, Curumin and Lucas Santtana.

Also performing at this year’s festival is the Mexican, virtuoso guitarist Morgan Szymanski. Che Sudaka’s explosive live show headlines the UK for the first time. London’s own Lucumi choir celebrate the launch of their new CD of Afro Cuban choral anthems and share the stage, Cuban-style, with Gerardo y su Rumba Ache and dancers.

Latin music has never been too far away from the heart of the capital. From Cuban bandleader Don Marino Barretto performing to pilots on Salisbury plane before the Battle of Britain to Edmundo Ros teaching then-Princess Elizabeth and her sister Margaret to dance. From Gilberto Gil’s time spent in political exile in London and Héctor Lavoe performing his first ever London show in a half full pub in 1975 the capital is truly entwined with Latin spirit.

With London’s ever growing Latin population and, perhaps more significantly, the emergence of Latino-British bands, Latin music remains engrained in the culture of London and once again La Linea is at the heart of it.

La Linea hits the road with Ceu & Curumin performing in Manchester, Bristol, Gateshead, Brighton and Coventry alongside the London schedule, bringing a taste of contemporary Brazil to five cities around the UK.

Monday 16 April
Barbican Hall

Thursday 19 April
Ceu, Curumin & Lucas Santtana

 Saturday 21 April
Roberto Pla Latin Ensemble
plus DJs
Islington Town Hall

Tuesday 24 April
The London Lucumi Choir
Gerado y su Rumba Ache
Rich Mix

Wednesday 25 April
Juan De Marcos Afro Cuban All Stars
Lokkhi Terra

Barbican Hall

Thursday 26 April
Bolivar Hall

Friday 27 April
Sala and The Strange Sounds
HMV Forum

 Friday 27 April
Che Sudaka
Los Chinches
DJs Cal Jader (Movimientos) Sacha Dieu (Stranger Than Paradise)
Village Underground

La Linea on tour with Ceu + Curumin
Wednesday 18 April, St George’s Hall, Bristol
Friday 20 April, Band on The Wall, Manchester
Sunday 22 April, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
Monday 23 April, The Sage, Gateshead
Tuesday 24 April, Komedia, Brighton

More information and online ticket sales available from


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