La Linea – The London Latin Music Festival 2014

la-linea-2014 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 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.
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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
Monday 7 April – Ed Motta + Dom La Nena – 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 (from Ojos de Brujo) – Rich Mix
Friday 2 May – Grupo Niche + DJs Johnny G, Julian Mr M & Fercho KBson – Electric Brixton

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SPOTLIGHT
ED MOTTA
Support: Dom La Nena
Monday 7 April
Doors 7pm
Union Chapel
Compton Terrace, London N1 2XD http://www.unionchapel.org.uk/ The Brazilian singer, songwriter and instrumentalist Ed Motta has the soul of a jazz musician. He makes light, funky and seemingly effortless music that connects with musicians and jazz fans at a profound level, through virtuosity and engaging personality. His work combines genres as all encompassing as jazz and popular Brazilian music (MPB); rock and Hollywood film soundtracks; funk; classical; bossa nova; and reggae. Tonight Ed, backed by his stellar band, plays from his extensive back catalogue and showcases music from his latest release, AOR, an outrageously accurate tribute to the super-smooth, musicianly ‘Yacht Rock’ of the late 1970s (Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers, etc.). Ed has played with everyone from Roy Ayers, Chucho Valdés, Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Bo Diddley to Brazilian legends such as Ed Lincoln, Marcos Valle, João Donato and Dom Salvador. Dominique Pinto, who calls herself Dom La Nena (“Dom the little girl”), draws influence from contemporary artists such as Cat Power, Lhasa de Sela and Juana Molina. There are also shades of Jane Birkin, for whom Ms. Pinto played cello on tour before she started her own album, “Ela” (Six Degrees). Born in Brazil, Dom La Nena grew up in France and Argentina before settling in France.