London’s highly-regarded Latin Music Festival, LA LINEA, celebrates its 20th anniversary next year when it returns on April 15th. It will run until May 4th with a plethora of exciting concerts at different venues across the capital.
One of its most keenly-anticipated events is the UK debut appearance of legendary Mexican drummer, Tino Contreras, whose 1978 cult jazz-meets-psychedelia album, ‘Musica Infinita’ is set for release early next year on Gilles Peterson’s new Arc label. The 95-year-old percussionist has shared stages with some of jazz’s most legendary figures, including Duke Ellington, Cannonball Adderley and Dave Brubeck.
Brazilian chanteuse Bebel Gilberto – daughter of the late Joao Gilberto – is another big name on La Linea’s 2020 lineup. Other participants include Mexican composer Javier Weyler, who will showcase his stunning score for the Netflix movie, ‘Maradona in Mexico’; rising Argentine trio Fémina; Melingo, a Buenos Aires-based multi-instrumentalist and singer; experimental folktronica artist Juana Molina; Lisbon-based singer Sara Correia, will be making her UK debut, and is one of two specialist fado acts contributing to the festival – the other is a groundbreaking duo comprising singer, Lina, and Spanish producer, Raül Refree, who combine the traditional fado style with cutting-edge electronica.
Says La Linea’s Festival Director Andy Wood: “La Linea always seeks to present the bold and the new in Latin music to audiences in London. This year we are celebrating twenty years by introducing both brand new artists and new work from some old friends of the festival.”
Information and tickets for all shows www.lalineafestival.com
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