Abraham the Gypsy had two sons, to Flamenco he said, ‘guard the purity of your sound, it will see you through some bad shit’ and to his other son Rumba Catalana he said ‘mix it up, add a little from here, leave a bit of your sound over there, let’s see how it works out.’ His descendant Peret is the undisputed king of the Rumba shakedown.
The final event of the La Linea Festival 2007 was destined to be memorable, not merely as a finale to the two-week long showcase of Latin music in London but the also for the pairing of two very different Spanish acts
Bagunca charters the discography of British-based Brazilian jazz dance band, Sirius B. Marvellous relentless energy and sumptuous grooves delight the listener, charging feet and hips
Amparo Mercedes Sanchez, the creative core of Spain’s Amparanoia, is smiling. I get the impression she smiles a lot, and she has every reason to. Her latest Latin-infused album is flying off the shelves helped by a recent BBC World Music Award and her band pack concert venues as reports of their thrilling live performances spread across Europe. It also means Amparo is very busy.
Susana Baca came to international prominence doing her own thing and in so doing became synonymous with the Afro-Peruvian sound that is now recognised the world over. Travesias sees her gently exploring other directions in music and indulging herself with some inspired collaborations
Amparanoia release their fifth album to an international audience switched on to all things Spanish and a growing fan base off the back of their last album and tour. Their sound is more rocking guitars with Iberian flavours than the more mashed up Ojos de Brujo sound and features a knack for creating hooks.
Natty Bo, frontman of Ska Cubano, is pure old-school showman. He breezes into the interview in his trademark, distinctly ska-like yellow suit, complete with retro white shirt underneath. A matching hat, white shoes and fingers adorned with countless rings as he grins to reveal a metal-capped front tooth…
He’s a hell of a favela fella, this Seu Jorge. As founder of Farofa Carioca, he has been active musically for over a decade but it’s acting that has made him a household name through his classic role as Knockout Ned in Cidade de Deus (City of God) and now as the guy who does Bowie covers in Portuguese throughout The Life Aquatic