Second Wave of Acts Announced for La Línea’s 20th Edition04 February, 2020
The long-standing London Latin music festival, La Linea, will soon return for its 20th edition, taking over venues between April 15th and May 4th.
The first acts to be announced included the enchanting electro bossa nova queen, Bebel Gilberto, power trio Fémina and Argentine singer-songwriter Juana Molina — now it’s time to get excited for more.
At La Línea 2020, French-Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux will perform at the Jazz Café, and Grammy-award-winning Argentine pianist and composer Fernando Otero will play at Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room. The former will no doubt touch on recent events in Chile, performing her smash hit protest anthem “Cacerolazo”, while the latter is sure to bring contemporary-classical soundscapes, with plenty of improvisation and tango.
Electric Brixton will host the global premiere of Mestizo, an exciting collaboration between the new music scenes of Bogotá and London. This BGT-LDN fusion came about through a British Council exchange programme where Thenon Cross, London tuba player, UK breakthrough act Nubya Garcia and Deptford community jazz band, Steam Down travelled to Colombia to perform at Jazz En El Parque in Bogotá. Here they hit the studio with musicians such as new-wave rapper N. Hardem and futuristic acid cumbia group, El León Pardo. The result? New sounds drawing on the diasporic roots of these British and Colombian musicians.
London-based Colombian group Dorance Lorza and Sexteto Café will bring their trademark ‘salsa con vibes’ in a special 20th anniversary celebration at Rich Mix in Shoreditch and Peckham Levels will play host to a day-long fiesta to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.
Curated by Mexican-Londoner Paola Feregrino and Movimientos’ Callum Simpson, the party will celebrate Chicano-US border culture with installations, photography, film, talks live music and, of course, DJ sets. Mexican cuisine, cocktails and tequila will flow and indie-mambo party starters Orkesta Mendoza will headline the event.
There’s a lot to look forward to. Tickets are available now. For more information, head to lalineafestival.com
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