The London Latin Music Festival 2014 – final 2 shows added Final 2 shows added:
- Thursday 3 April – Karol Conka feat. special guest Lady Chann + Mr Bongo Brazilian Beats DJs Concrete
- Sunday 6 April – Melingo Purcell Room
- Friday 11 April – Marinah Rich Mix. Fernando’s Kitchen added as support
The London Latin Music Festival 2014
Thursday 3 April – Karol Conka feat. special guest Lady Chann + Mr Bongo Brazilian Beats DJs Concrete
Friday 4 April – Gaby Moreno – Rich Mix
Friday 4 April – LONDON COMMUNITY GOSPEL CHOIR – GOSPEL MEETS LATIN Featuring Omar Puente and his band Union Chapel
Sunday 6 April – Melingo Purcell RoomMonday 7 April – Ed Motta + Dom La Lena – Union Chapel (Ed Motta also on La Linea tour, details below)
Tuesday 8 April – Roberto Fonseca + Family Atlantica – Koko
Thursday 10 April – Lokkhi Terra presents CubAfroBeat featuring Dele Sosimi – Rich Mix
Friday 11 April 11 – Marinah + Fernando’s Kitchen – Rich Mix
Friday 2 May – Grupo Niche + DJs Johnny G, Julian Mr M & Fercho KBson – Electric Brixton
LA LINEA was created by Como No in 2001 to showcase the Latin contribution to the wider musical world and to celebrate new artists, new collaborations and new projects. It also recognises and responds to London’s growing status as one of the world’s great Latin cities, home to many Latin artists and a hungry and diverse audience. La Linea takes place each year in a range of venues across central London from clubs to concert halls, presenting the widest range of new Latin music.
As ever La Linea touches down throughout the diaspora with participation from Brazil, Spain, Guatemala, Colombia, Argentina and Cuba – with African roots represented by Nigerian ex-Fela sideman, Dele Sosimi. Never forgetting that it’s a London ting, where diversity is writ large, La Linea 14 welcomes local global bands Lokkhi Terra, Fernando’s Kitchen and Family Atlantica. As for genres featured in La Linea 14, we have Classic Cali salsa from perennial hit makers, Grupo Niche; quirky Brazilian jazz funk from a true master in the substantial form of Ed Motta; the more ethereal sounds of Brazil-born Dom La Nena, and fellow Brazilian Karol Conka’s unique take on baile funk and hip hop; the rebooted Flamenco of ex-Ojos de Brujo front woman Marinah, whose new style has more flavours than a freshly made jug of sangria; while Roberto Fonseca stretches out from his Buena Vista Social Club roots into all things jazzy and Afro Cuban; alongside the fresh talent of Latin Grammy best newcomer, Gaby Moreno (currently touring as part of Hugh Laurie’s Copper Bottom Band); the return of Argentina’s Tom Waits of Tango, Melingo; new and unique projects like Lokkhi Terra presents CubAfroBeat featuring Dele Sosimi and London Community Gospel Choir’s, Gospel Meets Latin featuring Omar Puente and his band for a different kind of Hot Gospel (Gospel Caliente, perhaps?)
La Linea is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and by PRS for Music Foundation.
feat. special guest Lady Chann + Mr Bongo Brazilian Beats DJs
Thursday 3 April
56 Shoreditch High Street
Tickets: £10 plus booking fee
Youtube links –
Boa Noite http://youtu.be/t-toaipdUdw
Corre Corre Erê http://youtu.be/ESupyZWb5ZA
Brazil’s hip hop revelation Karol Conka has bounced bang into the spotlight thanks to neon energy, hard graft and a sound all her own. Mashing up hip hop with baile funk, trap and Afro-Brazilian beats, Karol Conka’s sound is a uniquely Brazilian mix. Batuque just got freaked.
Winner of the 2013 Multishow Best New Artist award, with over 2 million views of her video singles (Boa Noite also features on the FIFA 2014 EA game) and a blazing collaboration with Buraka Som Sistema for Adidas, Karol Conka is now set to take on the world with the international release of her debut album on Mr Bongo Records.
Karoline dos Santos Oliveira, aka Karol Conka, first set foot on stage in her home-town Curitiba in southern Brazil aged just 17. Ten years later, the young MC has proved that she has what it takes to be one of the most distinctive voices from today’s high-grade Brazilian hip hop scene.
One of the very few female Brazilian hip hop artists to break out of the underground, Karol Conka’s wider success was kicked off by the 2011 single Boa Noite (nominated for an MTV Brazil award). With the Brazilian launch of the album via VICE magazine, downloads and shows across the country, the rapper, singer and songwriter – influenced by Brazilian Pop Music (MPB) and a big Azealia Banks fan – has gained national recognition and critical acclaim. Hugely respected by her peers, she has also shared the stage with rap pioneers Racionais MCs, hip-hop hero Criolo and label-mate Marcelo D2, as well as recording with major rap star Projota and samba veteran Luiz Melodia.
Friday 4 April
35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA
Box Office: 020 7613 7498
Tickets: £15 in advance
After a whirlwind couple of years Gaby Moreno won the Latin Grammy for best new artist in November 2013. Born and raised in Guatemala, she started listening to blues, r&b and soul at a young age. Singers like Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Aretha Franklin inspired her to take on singing herself. She released her debut album Still The Unknown in 2008. Latina Magazine acclaimed her “Best New Latin Artist 2010”. The next year without any push or support from a label, her independently released second album IlIustrated Songs reached #1 in sales on Latin Itunes and Amazon Latin.
In 2012, Gaby Moreno recorded the duet “Fuiste Tu” with her countryman Ricardo Arjona. The song won wide approval with a Latin audience as well as two Latin Grammy nominations for “Song of The Year” and “Recording Of The Year”. Subsequently Gaby released her third album Postales which retains the same swing as her previous records and is sung completely in Spanish.
In 2013, she recorded a duet with Hugh Laurie, for his album Didn’t It Rain, a cover of the popular song “Kiss Of Fire” and Gaby has been touring the world with Hugh Laurie and the Copper Bottom Band.
“The Guatemalan songwriter Gaby Moreno plucked ragtimey syncopations on a well-worn acoustic guitar, and let loose a tangy, bluesy voice with the feistiness of Édith Piaf.” – NY Times
“Moreno’s breathtaking voice is passionate and stylistically malleable, as she glides back and forth easily between bossa nova and bluesy rock.”- NPR Tiny Desk