Emanuel Zerbos

Maite Hontelé, Dona Onete, Canalón de Timbiqui and El Remolón to Play Nell’s Jazz and Blues Club This Summer

By 08 May, 2017

It’s always exciting when a new venue announces itself on us and that is certainly the case with Nell’s Jazz and Blues Club. Though the venue itself has been around for a number of years they have recently started to put on some very exciting world music gigs with a few of the Latin American ilk that have caught our attention.

To start off with Dutch trumpeter Maite Hontelé will be performing on Friday 23rd June. After falling in love with Cuban salsa Hontelé paid her dues before bagging a gig playing with alumni from Buena Vista Social Club and travelled around the world. Following that she relocated to Medellín in Colombia, where she has made a name for herself with a series of albums that have shown her love of Cuban salsa (aided by many gifted Cuban and Colombian musicians) allied to her own exuberant style.

After that there is a weekend of fine music with Brazilian singer Dona Onete on Friday 14th July followed by Canalón de Timbiqui on Saturday 15th July. Onete only released her first album at the fine ol’ age of 73 but has shown through her live shows that she is no slouch, bringing passion and joy to her songs of the Northern Amazon region of Brazil, including the head-spinning bangué and carimbó rhythms. Canalón de Timbiqui are quite different, bringing to life the music of the Pacific Coast of Colombia, traditional music featuring a chorus of female singers with percussion and strong drumming to set the rhythms. With Nidia Gongora (best known for her collaborations with Quantic) as their front person they are a force to be reckoned with.

Finally, Argentina’s electronic tour de force El Remolón will be performing on Friday 11th August. El Remolón was one of the original artists on the ZZK Records label out of Argentina, responsible for starting the digital cumbia craze. These days each artist has splintered off into their own unique style, with Remolón offering up deep folkltronica meditations that sound great on the dance floor or on headphones.

Nell’s Jazz and Blues Club can be found at 3 North End Crescent, West Kensington, London W14 8TG.

Full details of all of their concerts can be found at nellsjazzandblues.com/whats-on.html

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