#QuedateEnCasa: Online Concerts, Festivals and More from Latinx America

By 30 March, 2020

With shows cancelled, tours wiped out and everyone staying at home, many musicians have turned to online concerts as a way of reaching out to audiences, with media platforms offering virtual festivals and streaming series which mean that we can keep in touch with some of our favourite artists.

Below are some of the online shows that have caught our eyes and ears so far. If you have any recommendations get in touch with us via [email protected]. We will be updating this post regularly with the latest shows and festivals.

Jorge Drexler – set to perform in Costa Rica on March 10th and 11th, Drexler had to cancel the shows, as well as all those he had lined up in North America, Spain, and further afield. For those he wouldn’t get to perform to he performed this show at the Costa Rican theatre he was due to play in, but with no audience. Here’s the full concert, as it would have happened:

Roberto Fonseca – as with Drexler above Cuban pianist was to play at Joe’s Pub in New York, but had to cancel with the show soon to go head. Instead, he performed this show live with no audience, instead streaming live on YouTube.

Chucho Valdés – another piano-playing titan of Cuban music, Valdés has taken to playing weekly intimate 30-minute jams via Facebook live. Check out one such performance below and stay tuned for more – these seem to be happening each Tuesday.

Posted by Chucho Valdés Oficial on Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Arca – the Venezuelan producer has been streaming live on his Twitch account, allowing followers a unique glimpse at his music-making process

#FestivalFicoEmCasaBR – the Brazilians are almost always in the leading pack when it comes to innovating online and they were no slouches when it came to the quarantine. #FestivalFicoEmCasaBR (Stay at Home Festival) featured four days of Brazilian artists performing live from home. Chico Cesar, Emicida, Majur, Adriana Calcanhotto, Fafá de Belem, Luedji Luna, Boogarins and Daniela Mercury were just some of the artists that performed. Here’s the full video for their Friday line-up below – check their YouTube for a week’s worth of entertainment.

Cuarantena Fest – taking place from March 30th until April 2nd, this online streaming festival will feature underground artists from Argentina, Spain and Mexico including Las Ligas Menores, Isla de Caras and Papá Topo. Full details, including streaming details at cuarentenafest.tumblr.com

Shock Presenta: Sesiones en vivo desde casa – Colombian music portal Shock are offering local artists a platform to do their thing via Facebook Live. So far Soy Emilia, Cohetes and Alkilados have performed, amongst others. Head to their Facebook Videos for all previously streamed videos. Here’s Soy Emilia’s performance below:

Shock Presenta: Sesiones en vivo desde casa con Soy Emilia

¡Estamos en vivo con Soy Emilia! Bienvenidos a esta conversación y toque acústico para acercarnos a los artistas locales. Un espacio para hablar sobre estos tiempos de aislamiento y para reflexionar desde la música sobre la situación actual de los artistas en el país. | #GuíaShockParaNoSalirDeCasa / #EstáEnTusManos

Posted by Shock.co on Wednesday, 18 March 2020

This post was last updated on 30th March 2020

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