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Family Atlantica release new video

Posted on November 12th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .


Taken from their live session at London’s Passing Clouds, Hackney-based Family Atlantica have released a filmed performance of ‘Arena’ taken from their self-titled debut released earlier this year on Soundway Records

It has been a great year for Luzmira Zerpa and co, with lauded performances at WOMEX and as support to Buena Vista Social Club at the Royal Albert Hall. The group’s debut has also been included in Songlines’ Best Albums of 2013 (read more in the next issue, #97, out December 6). Check out the new video below.

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Win Tickets to Ondatrópica at KOKO this Friday

Posted on May 28th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

All-star Colombian ensemble play London venue

The 12-piece Colombian ensemble are set to bring their tropical cumbia sound to London as they headline Camden’s KOKO on May 31.

A project originally conceived by Will ‘Quantic’ Holland and Mario Galeano (Frente Cumbiero), Ondatrópica’s self-titled album was released last year via Soundway Records to critical acclaim (it was a Top of the World review in issue #86).  
Luminaries from Colombia’s musical past like Michi Sarmiento, Juancho Vargas, Wilson Viveros and Jorge Gaviria will join forces on stage with a new breed of young tropicalistas including vocalist Nidia Gongora and  percussionist El Chongo (Sidestepper).

To enter our competition for a pair of tickets or a copy of their self-titled record, click here.

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Ondatrópica live in New York:

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Sofrito Soundsystem Spring Special, May 18

Posted on May 10th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

Sofrito Soundsystem returns to East London

Make sure you join the Sofrito Soundsystem next Saturday, May 18, in London’s East End to celebrate the very best rhythms and sounds from across the spectrum of African, Caribbean and Latin music, fuelled by the Sofrito rum punch and housed in a great new space on Broadwick Street.

After a sabbatical spent travelling far and wide to spread good music, the Sofrito Spring Special will include special guests Miles Cleret (Soundway Records) and Chris Menist (Paradise Bangkok and regular Songlines contributor) with a few more surprises to be announced. 

Advance tickets are £10 plus £1 booking fee and will be available in advance from Eldica (8 Bradbury Street, Dalston N16 8JN), Sounds of the Universe (7 Broadwick Street, Soho W1F ODA) and Honest Jons (278 Portobello Road, W10 5TE). 

Full lineup:

Sofrito Soundsystem & friends
Hugo Mendez
Frankie Francis
MC Kwasi
Mighty Crime Minister
Miles Cleret (Soundway Records)
Chris Menist (Paradise Bangkok)

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Top of the World: Family Atlantica – Family Atlantica

Posted on April 29th, 2013 in Recent posts, Reviews by .

Words by Russ Slater

Tidal wave after tidal wave of Afro-Latin grooves

The complexity, depth and sheer scope of Family Atlantica’s debut release means that after a dozen listens you’ve still only scraped the surface of what’s inside. Created by London-born musician Jack Yglesias, Venezuelan singer Luzmira Zerpa, Nigerian/Ghanaian percussionist Kwame Crentsil and a host of collaborators, the album follows few stylistic rules, venturing into rumba, Venezuelan music, blues and even Ethio-jazz (thanks to a guest appearance from Mulatu Astatké on ‘Escape to the Palenqué’). The only constant is the presence of Zerpa’s astoundingly rich and expressive voice, Crentsil’s percussion and the sense that you’re never really going to know where the album will head next.

You could compare Family Atlantica to the early 70s work of Gilberto Gil, exploring African music with Latin rhythms and a love for Western artists like Jimi Hendrix, but Family Atlantica goes a lot deeper than that. Stories of slaves being shipped to Latin America, of life in Venezuela, of modern displacement of Africans, are all told next to each other. A common thread is created between the stories and musics of Africa and its diaspora; the huge expanse that is the Atlantic Ocean is bridged. Many albums have previously tried to unite African and Latin American music – last year’s AfroCubism being a case in point – but rarely has it been done with so much joy, adventure and expansiveness that it becomes impossible to separate the source from its offshoots. Suddenly, the band’s name makes perfect sense.

TRACK TO TRY: Manicero

(On Soundway Records)

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