The London Latin Music Festival April 2014
FIRST SEVEN SHOWS ANNOUNCED 12 December 2013
Friday 4 April – Gaby Moreno – Rich Mix
Friday 4 April – LONDON COMMUNITY GOSPEL CHOIR – GOSPEL MEETS LATIN
Featuring Omar Puente and his band Union ChapelMonday 7 April – Ed Motta – Union Chapel & Tour
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 – Rich Mix
Saturday 12 April – Grupo Niche + DJs Johnny G, Julian Mr M & Fernando KBson – Electric Brixton
*** more shows to be added ***
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 April 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 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 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 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); 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.
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