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I S S U E N0.10 SUMME R GUIDE 2016

WELCOME TO This summer there is particular cause for celebration. For the first time ever a free festival will be taking over an entire London neighbourhood and infusing it with Latin culture in all its diversity. Whether its Argentine literature, Mexican art, Brazilian dance or music of all genres – from Latin Rockabilly to Tropical Electronic – the multi-dimentional genres and sensibilities within what we term Hispanic, Latino or Luso-phone will be on display. One particular aim of La Clave Fest is to show off London-bred Latin culture, born out of the Latin American and Spanish immigration over the last 40 years. For years, Latin festivals have imported artists from abroad, ignoring the plethora of Latin talent struggling to gain exposure in the UK. So we dedicate this issue to the Latin Londoners who are contributing to the unique artistic life that makes London one of the greatest cities on earth. Enjoy reading and raving to the Latin vibe this summer! Amaranta Wright, Editor




FRONT SECTION: Latin Hotlist, News and Gossip


La Galeria: Livin’ the Latin vibe


INTERVIEW: Daymé Arocena – New Era Jazz Queen


FEATURE: Lovin’ Latin London

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The Musicians The Dancers

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The Artists



The Performers LA CLAVE: Festival Guide Main Stage EventOutside Hornsey Town Hall Events Inside Hornsey Town HallVenues Events in Other N8 Venues Festival Map


MUSIC: Top Ten Marc Anthony Salsa Hits


WHAT’S ON: Your listings guide to Latin London

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Music reviews Latin londoner: Juliano Fiori



Latinolife is produced by: Editor Amaranta Wright Music Editor Jose Luis Seijas • Food Editor Natalie Salmon Designer Antonella Perreca • Listings Editor: Sofia Sims • •



The Scent of Spain

Few perfume houses can legitimately claim 100 years and five generations in business. And when we got a wiff of the samples sent from Barcelona’s House of Myrurgia, represented by 4th generation descendant Ramon Monegal, we understood what real perfume is all about. The combination of Lovely Day’s intensity and lightness (jasmine, tea rose, liquorice, iris,cedar and blackcurrent) was so intoxicating it renders every other perfume, excuse the vulgarity, slightly cheap. Once sniffed, there is simply no going back.

Laptop Luxury

What could be cooler than a Fridainspired laptop case? We just loved the bold designs and bright sequins of these original and vibrant laptop cases from Tea and Tequila. Hand-crafted by highly-skilled embroiderers in Mexico city, and with colourful cotton linings sourced from Oaxaca City, each case is lined with a protective, waterproof padding to keep your laptop safe while looking fly.

Brazilian Beach Cool

And you thought Havaiana’s was the only Brazilian flipflop? Try the eco-friendly version. Unlike the other Brazilian brands, Ipanema products do not use rubber from the Amazon rainforest. Their women’s flip flops, wedges and sandals are characteristically bold, bright and simply gorgeous. And for the men, the Flag classic comes in eleven

Mexican Spice This age old Mexican tradition turned into an exciting flavour experience will tickle your taste buds and make healthy fruits and veggies extra delicious. A perfect blend made from a select combination of worldclass Mexican chilies, lime juice and sea salt, Tajin Clásico Seasoning adds the perfect balance of ZING to enhance the flavour of fruits, vegetables, drinks or any food, the Mexican way. Available from



LATIN MOMENTS OF THE YEAR… School Kids Go Nuyorican

The British don’t always have the best reputation when it comes to dancing. Hopefully things are changing after kids from North London’s Coleridge primary school, got a 6 week crash course in Salsa dancing and were invited to see the Broadway hit Latino musical ‘In the Heights’ and then meet the cast. “The kids loved the show,” said dance teacher Jess Keene. “It’s style and passion was great inspiration for them to take back to their salsa class.”

Banderas becomes London Hipster

Actor and film producer Antonio Banderas, who has moved to London to study fashion design at Central Saint Martins in London, has presented his first collection and revealed the London hipster within. According to Banderas, the range is divided into three stages that reflect his life: vintage, indigo and tailoring. “In a way they are me and my way of life,” said the actor, who was wearing the biker jacket and ripped jeans from the collection. He was clearly excited about the presentation, humbled by his new project, and even took a little bow at the end.

Farewell to a Latin London Legend

After an unparalleled career as one of the world’s foremost ballet stars, Carlos Acosta is finally saying goodbye to ballet with a sell out tour around the world. From humble beginnings in Cuba to performing on some of the world’s biggest stages, Carlos Acosta has had an incredible career. He has worked with leading international ballet companies including Ballet Nacional de Cuba, The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet and Houston Ballet, written two novels and appeared in two feature films. His ballet tour will finish at the Royal Albert Hall in October. Watch this space.

Chucho pays tribute to Irakere

From London’s Ronnie Scotts to New York’s City Hall, Chucho Valdes who founded one of the most innovative jazz bands 45 years ago, is paying tribute to the band with a worldwide tour. In 1973, a group of mostly classically trained musicians formed a band that changed the direction of Cuba’s music and reached the American mainstream for the first time since the U.S. had severed diplomatic ties with the government of Fidel Castro in 1962. With a virtuoso technique, the group smashed together an explosive mix of traditional Cuban influences, Afro-Cuban rhythms, funk, jazz rock and classical. London’s Cubanea were out in force, setting Soho’s oldest jazz venue alight, at his recent performance.







QUEEN What is the outstanding quality that westerners find so baffling about Cuba’s bounty of world-class artists? From Carlos Acosta to Chucho Valdez, you’ll find a common combination unique to this idiosyncratic Caribbean island – a classical training as rigorous as any Russian maestro underpinned by the powerful currents of the island’s proud African heritage. The latest star to blow away London audiences is no exception. The 24-year-old singer, composer, arranger, choir director and band leader Daymé Arocena is a classical musician schooled in the sounds and laylines of Cuba’s Santeria religion.

popular with Cuban children, was her niche. But her influences span everything from George Benson to Sting, and she can sing jazz scales with as much ease as she tells jokes and stories on stage in a language clearly not her own.

Daymé’s talent was spotted at a young age, with her winning the prestigious Marti y el Arte award in 2007 and becoming principal singer with big band Los Primos at age 14. Daymé experimented with a series of instruments – violin, trumpet, piano and guitar – before she found that choir directing, a route

Now a young artist with huge stage presence and charisma, experimenting with new geographical and musical horizons, Jose Luis Seijas talked Daymé in Peterson’s North London studios and found her (impossibly) even more full of life off stage than on…

With ensuing attention from the likes of Wynton Marsalis and saxophonist Jane Burnett, it wasn’t long before Daymé came to the attention of Gilles Peterson. Gilles brought her to the UK, where she’s been gigging and touring for months and has produced her latest heavily jazz influenced album ‘One Takes.’


Jose Luis Seijas: How did you get into music? Daymé Aroncena: My mum says that I was singing before I was talking. They said that when I cried for food as a newborn, that my crying was strange…like a cat! They used to let me cry for a long time, thinking it wasn’t a cry for food (laughs)…it took my mother a while to click, so I went hungry for a few nights! (laughs)

at school. That gave me a great understanding of composition, but I was also getting into Jazz, and by 15 I was singing with the school big band. JLS: Is jazz your first musical love? DA: Well for me Jazz is the bridge between Classical and popular music, and is the genre that completes my senses. It is like I can feel it with all my senses… it is a like a good wine… so they say because I don’t drink. (laughs)

JLS: What you say is interesting, because I When I was older, my mum used to put me would say you have not taken the easiest in front of the TV and I would try to road. I imagine you singing boleros, imitate the sounds of the music which is a genre that is very popular coming out. But my first mu“I have sung and that you can probably handle sical memory was during with ease…I actually heard you Children’s Day in Cuba. boleros all my life… singing boleros on a youtube We went to a big party all those heartbroken video and… well you were in a hotel and there was vein-slitting songs! phenomenal… a singing competition, My grandmother loved and I went crazy wanting to take part. My me singing them, but I am DR: Boleros run through my veins!! That is why I sing the mum wasn’t too happy a defiant woman but my dad encouraged and want to do things way sing. My grandmother, who is the love of my life, was a bome. Nobody knew what I the hard way” lerista – she is not a professional was going to do but I startsinger but has a phenomenal voice, ed singing and I took everyone and when I was little she used to make me by surprise! I won the competition sing boleros with her. and at that moment they realised that I could sing. I’ve still got the picture, looking happy JLS: When do we get the bolero album then? with my balloons and cake! When I was eight I started preparing for the educational system for musicians. To be a musician in Cuba you have to start early. I was lucky, my parents spotted my talent, so when I was 10 I was already formally studying music and spent nine years training. I feel privileged to have been put through the system, it is super hard to get in, and staying there is even harder. JLS: What happened after that? DA: Well I was actually doing choral direction

DA: (Laughs) I have sung boleros all my life. I remember singing… (breaks into a rendition of La Lupe’s Que te Pedí)… all those heartbroken veinslitting songs! My grandmother loved me singing all those beautiful songs…and they are in me, but I am a defiant woman, I like doing things that make me study. So boleros are almost too familiar. For example, Besame Mucho, which some people underrate because it is so popular, it has so many musical tonalities in it that I feel are personal… it is the portrait of teenage innocence. A beautiful thing.


“Cubans, despite being in a semi-lethargic state, are very aware of what is going on around the world, so things will not impress us as much as people think�


Recently I found my notebook from when I was 13 years old and it was so funny because I would write these steamy lyrics. I was like the girl in that song… and I hadn’t even been kissed by then! Recently I was in Cuba and got on stage and I sang Besame Mucho… when I got off stage my friends started to teasing me saying I got them hot! (laughs)


there is in Cuba, they go BLYMEY!!! You kick a stone and five great musicians appear… maybe our problem is that we are so talented, we become arrogant, we try to outshine the rest of the band…Cubans like to lead too much (laughs) JLS: Something that I found strange is hearing you sing in English…

JLS: All the more reason to record a bolero album!

DR: Look, they way I first come out with melodies and lyrics is with Scat (vocal improvisation with out words), and that kind “I think of tells me what language I should use. Recently I the real problem composed a song in Portuwith music today guese. It took me a hell of is that musicians are a lot to finish it but I did it. Scat is my first language, now in the business and from there everything of selling lifestyles else falls into place.

DA: (laughs) At the moment I am focusing on rhythms that are being forgotten in Cuba, such as la Guajira, Changui, Tango Congo, Calypso. People know them, they understand them but they more than art.” don’t play them enough. JLS: So what is your next proYou can get Changui in ject, any collaborations? Guantánamo, or Guajira in a guataque but you don’t see it in DA: Generally I am in my own galaxy the streets. doing my own thing. There are some artists JLS: You guys in Cuba have so much muthat I would die to sing with – Sade, Sting, sic... Djavan, Maria Rita – those are my dream DA: I think the real problem in Cuba, as with the music world in general, is that musicians are now in the business of selling lifestyles more than art. People are buying what artists wear and consume, the media push the artists to sell more than their art. JLS: Do you think things will change in Cuba now? DR: Cubans, despite being in a semi-lethargic state, are very aware of what is going on around the world, so things will not impress us as much as people think. JLS: Look at Gente de Zona, for the first time, a Cuban act living in Cuba is topping the charts everywhere in the world. DR: From that angle, I think Cuba is the treasure island of hidden gems… when people arrive and see the musical universe

collaborations…but at the moment it makes me happy to be in London, the same city as Sting… I love London, it is beautiful to see multiracial couples here, everyone respecting other people’s space. This is a very special place. Dayme’s next performance will be at The Love Supreme Festival on the July 1-3 www.

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LOVIN’ LATIN LONDON London’s Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese communities are well into their second and third generations. Some came here decades ago, as political refugees or economic migrants, and those born and bred here form part of the new generation of UK Latinos that are now making their mark on London life. This summer, La Clave Fest celebrates the plethora of Latin talent in everything from music, dance and art to film, theatre and sport. Latino Life highlights the diverse examples of London’s Latin creativity, spanning every genre and generation, from the very new to the old.


Jeff Beck and collaborated with Phil Manzanera from Roxy music.

Katy Prado and Los Mamboleros

is one of the most exciting fusion bands to come out of London in recent years. Originally from Chile, Prado studied opera in the USA and UK at Guildhall music conservatory. Now known for her electric residencies at Picadilly’s celebrity hangout Coya, Katy’s sizzling rockabilly salsa mixes 40s rock n’ roll and 50s mambo. Some notable fans of her work are Mark Ronson and Coldplay’s Chris Martin. She has also recently sung for See the artists at La Clave Fest



Electropical Vanguard La Kasha

is a brand new crew of producers and musicians that fuse Afrolatin folk traditions with the cutting edge sound of London electronica. Full of Latin American tropical flavor, founding producer Jose Luis reconstructs traditional rhythms into a new modern urban sound. “As an immigrant, music that attaches me to my roots has a tremendous value,”says Jose Luis. “I’ve been living in London half of my life, and my music is the direct result of my bi-cultural experience. I think this hybrid also in some way represents the next musical stage from a community who is already part of the social fibre of London. For me, to be able to combine dance music of my current environment and folk music of my heritage, whether its commercially successful or not, is to leave a legacy for my own children and the next generation of Latino Brits.”

The Jazz Man Luiz de Almeida

The Classical Guitarist

is one of London’s long-established Brazilian guitarists, co-founding two very successful Brazilian bands in London, Sarabanda in 1989 together with Mark Hinton Stewart, Dylan Howe and Reinaldo Renzo and Auwe in 1998 with Mark Hinton Stewart, Mauro Berman and Gabriela Geluda. He has played with various jazz musicians, including Steve Lodder, Ife Tolentino, Davide Mantovanni amongst others, and also worked with Kirsty MacColl on the album Tropical Brainstorm.

Described as “a true pioneer” by Classic FM Magazine, award-winning London-based Cuban guitarist Ahmed

Dickinson Cardenas

is one of the finest performers of the Cuban classical guitar school. A sophisticated virtuoso, the Havana-born Dickinson Cardenas has performed at prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall. He has also given live performances at the BBC and has featured at prominent festivals including London Classical Guitar Festival, and Havana International Guitar Festival.

The ActivistComposer

era, Alex Etchart is a British-Uruguayan multi-instrumentalist, composer and community arts practitioner. He is, in his own words, “writing songs for grassroots struggles.” Co-director of the recently acclaimed “Sex Workers’ Opera” he facilitates connective action theatre with marginalised community groups in London. Alex also works with Middle Eastern actors to engage western audiences with the lives of those in war-torn countries and to build bridges.

Son of a political exile from Latin America’s dictatorship

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The New Generation Naira Dunton-Vera

Flamenco Fusion La Explosión is a new-Flamenco collective based in North London, re-creating the very best songs of Latin culture into Rumba Flamenco, creating a lively and dynamic performance.

daughter of the acclaimed classical pianist Ana Maria Vera, began studying the piano with her grandmother at the age of two. Being of Bolivian-DutchAmerican descent, Naira’s musical influences have been strong and diverse. At the age of seven, she decided to play guitar, and has been described by her guitar teacher Luiz de Almeida as “unbelievable…music just flows out of her.” Naira began writing songs quite spontaneously, and this year she formed her first band, the Purple Dads, coached by double bassist Jonny Gee. Naira lives and goes to school in North London.


The Drumming Experience Undisputed Cuban Queen Tribo is an international

cross-cultural drumming project whose philosophy aims to Since arriving on British shores 15 years ago as the educate young children and teenage star of one of Cuba’s adults and encourage their touring dance shows, Yanet creativity. Through the power Fuentes has transcended of music, TRIBO makes each the salsa world. Armed with individual feel that they can looks to kill and rigorous nurture their own creative life contemporary dance training, she’s gone from starring in force without having to be BBC’s ‘So You Think You Can musically trained or gifted, Dance’, and films such as and develop skills that will ‘Cuban Fury’, to being one enrich their lives on multiple of Shakira’s regular touring levels. Founded by Marcos dancers. Short of work she is Santana, TRIBO has its orinot. And whenever she isn’t gins in Morro de São Paulo on working, you’ll still find her the island of Tinharé, Bahia, on the dance floor any time a Cuban band comes to town. Brazil. See the artists at La Clave Fest



The Andean Way Morenada Bloque Kantute brings the unexpected with Bolivia’s spectacular ‘Dance of the Morenos’, from the Bolivian Altiplano (high Andes). The dance mocks white men (grotesquely masked Spanish conquerors) who are depicted leading imported African slaves. It’s not all about booty shaking.

Salsa Priest Fadi K

is one of London’s most successful Salsa teachers. Dynamic, passionate and extremely likeable, this Lebanese man is living proof that Salsa is a state of mind and not a Latin American entitlement.

Brazilian Three-time LUKAS winner Monika Molnar is one of the hardest working Brazilian dance teachers on the scene, and resident Samba dance teacher at Pineapple Studios. With DanceMyWay Kids she is single-handedly producing London’s next generation of samba dancers.

Tango Diva Raquel Greenberg is

Fusion Darlings Mixing Cuban and Brazilian flavours, the funky percussionists and lavish costumes of the Oi Brasil cast are just as impressive their exuberant performers and explosive energy.

The Brazilian Fantasy Show at last year’s LUKAS Awards left a hall-full of tongues hanging. They have style and sass and avoid the typical feathered headdresses to create a much slicker Brazilian effect.

Kizomba Empress

LUKAS award-winning probably the most dynamic dancer Iris de Brito and glamorous Tango teacher pioneered the Kizomba dance on the scene. She started craze in the UK. The dance dancing when she was 6 from Angola that looks like years old, did 12 years of the love-child of Tango and ballet and contemporary and Lambada is still taking the then ballroom, before being world by storm and Iris is swept away by the Argentine Tango. definitely its empress. See the artists at La Clave Fest





Sonia Ciruelo (Spain)

THE ARTISTS Tania Lopez- Winkler (Mexico) A Mexican artist based in London and winner of the LUKAS Award 2015 for Visual Artist of the Year, Tania currently teaches Architecture at The Metropolitan University of London. Her interests are focused on the liminal space between interior and city, and her work is an enquiry of modernity and the notion of ‘the normal.’ As she investigates what it means to be modern, her work uncovers the world of fantasy – poetic imperfections embedded in the quotidian. As Hilanda she is a Spatial Private Detective who looks for clues embedded in the fleeting aesthetic experiences of city life. Lopez-Winkler’s work has been exhibited internationally, and she gives in many countries, including England, France, the United States, Italy, Spain, Poland and Mexico. She holds architecture degrees from ITESM in Mexico and London’s Architectural Association, where she was granted a Ph.D. for her thesis “The Detective of Modern Life”.

Sonia is a mixed media artist and mural painter from Barcelona, who juxtaposes acrylic paint mixed with fabric and paper collage on canvas. This gradually determines the course of the painting, but not in a methodical way. In her own words: “In my paintings I am always working with ideas of perception and transformation. I am fascinated by the way in which microorganisms, the smallest creatures evolve, by how they mutate and transform themselves. That which is almost invisible to humans ends up being perceptible.”

Silvina Soria (Argentina) Silvina is an Argentine sculptor who works with different materials, each of them exploring the diverse particularities of the three dimensions. Searching for the subtlety in sculpture led her to work lines in space, with iron and wire. The theme of movement, flowing, the transformation inherent in the passage of time lies beneath her work, enriched by the experience of travelling. Silvina has lived in London since 2009, working on small scale steel and wire sculptures that represent three-dimensional maps inspiredby the city’s massive underground networks. They expand as roots and electrocardiograms representing the city’s rhythms. Silvina is interested in space and mapping by creating site-specific installations that involve the public.

Alex Vargas (Chile) Alex has worked as a muralist for clients around Europe, most notably at Casa Batllo, a famed Gaudi landmark in Barcelona. He has exhibited his work in Spain and in London, which explores concepts of matter and its ongoing transformational condition. Alex’s latest work includes a short film Field of Dissonance. It is the first in a cycle of films that explores life, evolution and individual experience as eternal processes through large-scale frameworks of time. His influences include the late Roberto Matta and Chilean cinematographer Alejandro Jodorowsky.

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Alejandro Gortazar (Cuba) Before arriving in the UK, Alejandro had a well-established career in his native Cuba as a professional photographer and journalist. Working with both analog and digital cameras, and printing with special pigments on canvas and archival paper, he has come to be known internationally for his ability to create photographs that are often mistaken for paintings. His profound understanding of light, colour temperature and definition creates timeless images of ever-changing environments and cultures, evoking feelings difficult to express. In his work, he seeks absolute perfection in light, capturing volume, perspective, definition, colour and vibrancy in a balanced frame. This provokes meaning and emotions beyond the image directly perceived by the eye.

THE PERFORMERS Alma Latina Half-Venezuelan Tamsin Clarke fell so in-love with the story of Manuelita Saenz, revolutionary, proto-feminist, spy and South American liberator, that she decided to write a show about her. “I went to find her. I travelled forsix weeks around Colombia, Ecuador and Peru – following the footsteps she made whilst she was alive and seeing the imprint she left on generations of Latin Americans.” Since performing the one-woman show Manuelita at the Edinburgh Fringe, Tamsin has taken it to theatres around the country. Tamsin trained at the legendary L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris.

Julio Etchart (Uruguay) A political exile from the dictatorship in Uruguay, Julio soon made a name for himself as one of the UK’s most outstanding photojournalists of his generation. Over many years, he has been sent as a photojournalist to report on crises and war zones for organizations such as War on Want, Save The Children, OXFAM, Christian Aid, CAFOD ,UNICEF, and by members of the media. In the words of art critic Amanda Hopkinson: “Julio has long been at the cutting edge of contemporary photojournalism. At home wherever in the world he happens to be working, nowhere is taken as exotic or ‘other’; the focus is always on the story, never its trapping.” See the artists at La Clave Fest



One in a Million When Vicky Araico catapulted us through the first two months of ‘Juana in a Million’ as an illegal Mexican in London, her British audiences didn’t know quite what had hit them. Her storytelling, energy and physicality made the journey of an immigrant so alive and immediate, it won the Fringe First Award at The Edinburgh Festival. Vicky’s one-woman show was inspired by the report ‘No Longer Invisible: The Latin American Community’ in London produced by Queen Mary’s College, University of London. The young actress jumped effortlessly from one character to another, made audiences laugh and cry in equal measure, and showed a glimpse of great things to come – from her and from Latin theatre in the UK.

The Towering Catalans

The Devil and the Macho David Bedella won an Olivier Award for his portrayal of the devil in ‘Jerry Springer: The Opera’ (and also got publicly applauded by Glenn Close when eating in a restaurant). The award-winning devil – and son of Mexican immigrants from Chicago – ironically moved to London in 2001 when his partner was made vicar of the gay and lesbian Metropolitan Community church in north London. Since then, he’s played plastic surgeon Dr. Carlos Fashola in ‘Holby City’ and many other roles, and is currently playing the macho father, Kevin Rosario in the Tony Award-winning, ‘In The Heights’, for which he won an Olivier Award for best supporting actor.

Human towers, or Castellers, as they are known in Catalan, are an ancient tradition of Catalonia whereby villages often compete to see who can build the tallest human tower. While hefty heavyweights hold the fort at the bottom, small children climb up their fellow Castellers to the very top with astonishing, monkey-like speed. Castellers of London is a group of London-based tower makers, bringing the Catalan tradition to London’s boroughs. The world record-holding Castellers has 10 layers of people, so it might take a bit of interborough competition to reach the heights of London’s great clock towers!

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Tulipa Ruiz + DJ D.Vyzor Thursday 8 September Rich Mix



‘Sublime’ The Times ‘Magical’ The Independent

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THE WRITERS Leonardo Boix (Argentina) Leonardo Biox is an Argentinean journalist, writer and poet, whose work explores the philosophical issues around identity, nationhood, memory, being an immigrant and homeland. In Un Lugar Proprio, his first anthology of poems, one entitled Los Mandados, talks about a neighbourhood policeman Boix knew when he was a child growing up under the Argentine dictatorship (1976-83), who later became known as ‘The Angel of Death’. “I grew up playing with this policeman’s children unaware of the fact that this man tortured pregnant women and stole their babies,” says Boix. “My poems are actually like short stories in a way, they’re narrative poems. And there is one poem called Archipeliago, which is a story about the Falklands. I was seven years old and I wrote this piece from the point of view of a kid from watching the telly on the war.” Boix has just returned from Buenos Aires where he launched his second book Mar de Noche (Letras del Sur, 2016) at Argentina’s international Book Festival, which he will present at La Clave Fest. heartfelt novel brings charming town characters alive, whilst recounting both the physical illness and moral disease that affects a fictional community in the beautiful but fierce and chaotic Mexico.

Alejandro Madrigal (Mexico) Fresh out of medical school, a young doctor goes to work in Coyoxitlepec, a small, forgotten town in the middle of nowhere, to practice medicine with the best of intentions and make a difference to the community. He will find a town overwhelmed by violence and corruption, where the community uses fantasy, indifference and tolerance as their only way of surviving. Madrigal’s inspiring and

Alejandro Madrigal is Scientific Director of the Anthony Nolan Research Institute, Professor of Haematology at UCL. A world-recognised academic in the field of stem cell transplantation, he presents his debut novel ‘Days of Rage’ at La Clave Fest on June 18th.

‘Breathe’ takes the reader beyond the glamour of guidebook Cuba to paint a real and uncompromising portrait of the modern-day country. A series of encounters between Cubans and tourists exposes cross-cultural tensions and inequalities. Written from the perspective of an outsider, ‘Breathe’ gives an insight into everyday life in Cuba, and draws on the time Segal spent living in a rural community in the West of the island.

Leila Segal (UK) Leila Segal’s debut book of short stories ‘Breathe’ explores the complex nature of love and relationships between Cubans and foreign visitors on the Caribbean.

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Saturday June 18, a day packed with FREE Latin music, dance,film, art, theatre, sport, food and drink, is part of the UK’s biggest community arts festival. Join us in N8, North London’s most vibrant community, from 10 am till late!


Headline Act Luigi Texidor,

special guest and Puerto Rican Salsa legend Salsa

Born in Puerto Rico, Luigi Texidor is considered one of the best Sonoros (improvisers) in the Salsa game. Luigi has been the lead vocalist of Puerto Rico’s legendary band La Sonora Ponceña and the Bobby Valentin Orchestra as well as being part of the seminal Fania All Stars. During Salsa’s ‘ Golden Age’ Luigi was one of the most important vocalists, recording albums that are still considered masterpieces of the genre, such as Sonora Ponceñas’ Conquista Musical and El Gigante del Sur. Like his Cuban counterparts, at 81 years of age, Luigi is a cherished patriarch of Latin Caribbean music, and shows no signs of slowing down, with a voice and stage presence that has defied time and still vows crowds around the world. 8.30pm main stage.

Dorance Lorza and Sexteto Café Salsa One of the UK’s leading Salsa bands and pioneers of the worldwide “Salsa con vibes” revival. 6pm main stage

Gerardo de Armas & Sus Amigos Afro-Cuban Cuban vocalist and percussionist Gerardo honed his skills with the world famous group Clave y Guaguanco for over 10

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years before moving to London to form a Rumba crew with the UK’s most skilled Afro-Cuban drummers. 3.30pm main stage

La Explosión Flamenco

A new Flamenco collective, recreating classic Latin repertoire with a Rumba Flamenco spin, in a lively and dynamic performance. 2.30pm main stage


Tribo Samba

Is North London ready for the pounding of Samba drums coming down the road? This Samba parade will start at Hornsey Library and arrive outside Hornsey Town Hall. Based in Morro de São Paulo, Bahia, Brazil , Tribo is an international, cross-cultural drumming and dance project. 7pm main stage

Katy Prado

and Los Mamboleros Latin Rockabilly

Mike Kalle

and La Raza Collective Latin Hip Hop Winner of the LUKAS 2015 for Urban Act of the Year, Mike Kalle is the leading voice for London’s young creative Latino community. 4.30pm main stage


One of the most exciting fusion bands to come out of London in recent years. The main stage will get a taster of Katy’s sizzling Rockabilly Salsa, mixing 40s Rock ‘n Roll and 50s Mambo, before their full set at The Maynard pub at 9.20pm. 1.30pm main stage

Fernando KBSon Salsa

Three times LUKAS winner for Tropical DJ of the Year, Fernando, is the DJ of choice for London’s plethora of Salsa nights. One of London’s Salsa music pioneers and best loved Latino DJs , he has been the resident DJ in London’s most iconic Salsa clubs.

Saúl Maya Crossover

Hailing from Ecuador, this LUKAS Award winning DJ is one of the Latin Community’s most popular Latin DJs.

Purple Dads Rock

La Kasha

Electro-acoustic A brand new crew of producers and musicians that fuses AfroLatin folk and the cutting edge sound of London electronica. Full of tropical flavour, La Kasha reconstructs traditional rhythms to make a modern urban sound. 5pm main stage

Hear the sound of the next bi-cultural generation. Nineyear-old singer-songwriter and multi- instrumentalist Naira Dunton-Vera, daughter of acclaimed Bolivian classical pianist Ana Maria Vera, leads a band of Year 5 Latino-British talent, including Chilean-Spanish pianist Jack Vargas. 12 noon

DJ Deoh Crossover

Deoh is one of the most versatile DJs in London and one of the pioneers of the urban Latin scene.

Javier La Rosa Cuban

The number one Cuban DJ in the UK, Javier is the man when it comes to all genres coming from the Island. A people’s favorite!

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FAMILY Morning Zumba with Belkys Ledezma Fitness

DanceMyWay Samba Kids Samba Award-winning Samba teacher Monika Molnar has been teaching children how to dance Samba. The budding Dancemyway Samba stars will perform onstage.

Crouch End’s very own Venezuelan Amazon goddess and favourite Zumba teacher gets Crouch End into the Latin spirit with a morning Zumba class for all the family. 10am-11am

Fadi’s Salsa Kids Salsa

Fadi has been teaching children from Coleridge Primary School how to dance Salsa during this summer term. Inspired by a school visit to In the Heights, a new Latin musical show, they will perform on stage. This will be followed by a Salsa workshop for all inside the Town Hall.


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DanceMyWay Brazilian

3 times LUKAS winners DanceMyWay run by Monika Molnar is one of the UK’s leading Samba dance schools. Monika is the resident Samba dance teacher at Pineapple Studios. After her show Monika will give a Samba dance workshop in the Town Hall.

Bolivia’s most spectacular traditional dance, the Dance of the Morenos or Morenada comes from the Bolivian Altiplano (High Andes), where some participants disguise themselves as black people and others mock white men (Spanish conquerors) who are depicted leading imported African slaves. The parade will start at Hornsey Library and move to outside the Town Hall.

Mexican Wrestlers on the Loose Performance Be on your best behavour, folks! Lucha Britannia is sending some of its most feared and revered warriors to show Crouch Enders how to wrestle the Mexican way, ahead of “The Greatest Spectacle of Lucha Libre” at York Hall in July, where they will confront their Mexican nemesises.

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Spinning Crouch End Memories Art Intervention Hilanda, a spatial private detective looking for clues in the fleeting experiences of city life, arrives in North London. From June 5, you will find her at Hornsey Town Hall, inviting passersby to write a dream on the tape which will continue on to map

the entire ground floor of this iconic landmark, until the tape forms a chain of dreams. The chain will be removed on the afternoon of June 18, resulting in a small sculpture memory of this corner of London and the Town Hall itself. Tania Lopez-Winkler is an award-winning Mexican artist. From 8th to 18th June, outside and inside Town Hall

Crouch End Copa America Sport/Kids To celebrate the centenary of the Copa America (Latin American Euros), 8 local schools are taking part in an inter-school Futsal Copa America. Futsal

workshops will take place between the qualifying round and finals. Trophy to be presented to the winning team on main stage at 4pm. 11am-3pm Assembly Room, Inside Town Hall




Latin America Workshop Talk Organized by the Latin American Bureau, a series of lectures by experts on Latin American politics and society.

Camilo Menjura’s Spanish Sing-along Kids A fun and friendly Spanish singsong with award-winning Colombian singer, guitarist. Camilo is loved by Londoners, not only as an artist but as a community leader and choir master. £5 1.30pm Crush Hall, Inside Town Hall

Fadi’s Salsa Workshop

Dance Workshop Fadi is the founder of the FK Dance Company and artistic director of La Rueda del Mundo School. His dance workshop will follow the kids’ performance. 2.30pm Studio 4, Inside Hornsey Town Hall

•11am - The State, Policing & Repression in Latin America by Ali Rocha •12 noon - Argentina After the Kirchners by Marcela Lopez Levy & Nick Caistor •1pm - Rosa: the Story of a Nicaraguan Family by Fiona Macintosh •2pm - Brazil: Crisis & Tragedy & launch of Brazil by David Lehmann •3pm - Brazilian Music & the Politics of Black Identity by David Treece •4pm - Ortega’s Sinking Canal by Russell White •5pm - The Fight for Indigenous People’s Rights in the Amazon by iona Watson Council Chamber, Hornsey Town Hall, N8 9JJ

Being Latin in London Talk Patria Roman, whose organization Latin Elephant was awarded a community service LUKAS by Bianca Jagger, talks about the Latino regeneration process in Elephant and Castle and London 6pm, Council Chamber, Hornsey Town Hall, N8 9JJ

Alex Etchart

Latin Songbook Music & Theatre British-Uruguyan singer-songwriter sings famous ‘protest folk’ from Latin America’s Cancion Social era, and includes excerpts from his recently acclaimed Sex Worker’s Opera. 5pm The Undercroft

Latinolife After Party Clubbing For those who don’t want the party to stop, N-Rich AKA Dj Lionheart & guests present a special birthday gathering. Kaleidoscopic music from the future and the past. Bless the dance! 9pm onwards, Supper Room, Hornsey Town Hall, N8 9JJ

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OTHER N8 VENUES most mercurial performers, championing the creativity, ingenuity and passion born in the city’s favelas and suburbs. This documentary, directed by Emílio Domingos, follows the key performers in the run up to a citywide dance battle to crown the King of Passinho. But it takes an unexpected turn when one of them goes missing. Festival of Rio winner in 2012.. £3 on the door


Gilles Peterson presents

Havana Rumba Sessions Film + Q&A 6pm Crouch End Picturehouse, 165 Tottenham Lane, N89BY


The Creation of Gabriel García Márquez

The latest chapter in the longstanding relationship between Gilles Peterson and the music of Cuba, this feature-length documentary sees him explore the roots of Rumba. Q&A with director Charlie Inman.

Film + Q&A

Made in Mexico Music Documentary

9pm Downstairs @ Rileys, Crouch End Broadway, N8 ‘Hecho en Mexico’ showcases the richness of Mexican music, young and old, from Traditional Folk to Pop Rock and Rap interspersed with interviews from Diego Luna, Lila Downs and many more leading personalities. The result is an inspiring and often funny musical road trip through modern day ‘Mexicanity’, which resonates globally. £3 on the door


3.30pm Crouch End Picturehouse, Tottenham Lane, N89BY How did a boy from a backward town on Colombia’s Caribbean coast become an international writer who won the hearts of million? The answer lies in the incredible story of Gabriel García Márquez: 1982 Nobel Prize for Literature; author of the masterpiece ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’; simply ‘Gabo’ to all of Latin America. The film pays tribute to the incredible power of human imagination, tracing the interwoven threads of García Márquez’s life and work with the narrative tension of an investigation. Q&A with director/producer Kate Horne

Batalha do Passinho (Passinho Dance Off) Music Documentary 7pm Downstairs @ Rileys, Crouch End Broadway, N8 Passinho is a dance craze and viral internet sensation that has swept across Rio de Janeiro. It has made superstars of its

Colombia in Focus Talk

6.15pm Community Room, Crouch End Picturehouse, Tottenham Lane, N89BY. Following the screening of ‘Gabo’ ‘How We Achieved Peace in Colombia’. Kristian Herbolzeimer,

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one of the advisors in the Colombian Peace Process explains how peace has been made after 50 years of war.

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‘35 Years Accompanying Hope’. Ann Wright spent a year in Colombia as a Peace Brigades International ‘unarmed bodyguard’. She recounts her experience and explains the part PBI played in achieving this peace.


Julio Etchart Photography

Silvina Soria @ Jealous Exhibition June 15-19, 10am-6pm, Jealous Gallery, Park Road, N8


A Catalan Human Tower Performance

Silvina Soria is an Argentine sculpture who works with different materials, each of them exploring the diverse particularities of the three dimensions. events/silvina-soria-jealousgallery

Crouch End clock tower has competition! Visiting Castellers of London, a group of Catalans and other dare-devils bring this centuries-old Catalan tradition of human tower building to London.

Sonia Ciruelo

4pm Outside Hornsey Library, Hatherley Gardens, N8

Sonia Ciruelo is a mixed media artist and mural painter from Barcelona who juxtaposes acrylic paint mixed with fabric and paper collage on canvas. events/sonia-ciruelo-jealousgallery

@ Jealous Exhibition

June 15-19, 10am-6pm, Jealous Gallery, Park Road, N8

Alex Vargas @ Jealous

Piñata Making Kids

12pm onwards at Harris & Hoole Learn how to make your own piñatas with Papel Craft. Piñata bashing will take place in the main square.


Exhibition June 15-19, 10am-6pm, Jealous Gallery, Park Road, N8 Alex Vargas is a Chilean-born artist who has worked as a muralist for clients around Europe, notably at Casa Batllo, a famed Gaudi landmark in Barcelona.

Sable D’orCafe 43 The Broadway, N8 8DT Julio Etchart has long been at the cutting edge of contemporary photojournalism. At home wherever in the world he happens to be working, nowhere is taken as exotic or ‘other’ ; the focus is always on the story, never its trapping.

Alejandro Gortazar Photography

Pradera Restaurant 14 High St. London N8 7PB LUKAS Award winning Cuban photographer Alejandro Gortazar exhibits ‘Las Parrandas de Remedios’ a celebration of Cuban identity and solidarity. The artist captured this spectacular collection of photographs during the annual celebrations in the small town of San Juan de los Remedios, a music, lights and fireworks event which takes place on 24th December each year.

Maria Cabrera Ceramics

Floral Hall On display from June 10-20, Haringey Park, N8 Maria Cabrera’s style is influenced by her Colombian upbringing in the 1970s and the 6 months she spent in Japan studying glazing and decoration.

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presents ‘Breathe’ Literature

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Leila Segal reads from her debut book of short stories ‘Breathe’, which explores the complex nature of love and relationships between Cubans and foreign visitors. Accompanied by the extraordinary classical guitar virtuoso Ahmed Dickenson.

presents Mar de Noche Literature

Katy Prado

and Los Mamboleros Live Music 8.45pm The Maynard, Park Road, N88SX Katy Prado and los Mamboleros are one of the most exciting fusion bands to come out of London in recent years. Known for her electric residencies at Picadilly’s celebrity hang-out Coya, Katy’s sizzling Rockabilly Salsa, mixing 40s Rock ‘n Roll and 50s Mambo, boasts Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Mark Ronson amongst her fans.

3pm Porky’s 4 Topsfield Rd, London N8 8PR

Leonardo Boix


Manuelita Literature

4pm Porky’s 4 Topsfield Rd, London N8 8PR Argentinian journalist, writer and poet, whose work explores the philosophical issues around identity, nationhood, memory, being an immigrant and homeland. presents his second book of poems.

Alejandro Madrigal presents Días de Rabia Literature 7.30pm, Coolhurst Tennis Club, Coolhurst Road, N8 8EY Fresh out of medical school, a young doctor goes to Coyoxitlepec, a small town in the middle of nowhere, to practice medicine and hoping to make a difference to the community. He finds a town in the grip of violence and corruption, where the community uses fantasy, indifference and tolerance to survive. Alejandro Madrigal is a world-renowned MexicanBritish academic and awardwinning researcher in the field of stem cell transplantation, who combines his technical expertise, life experience, and a vivid imagination, to brilliantly pre-

8pm, Moors Theatre, Park Road N88SY Revolutionary, proto-feminist, underground spy and the beating heart of South American liberation, Manuela Saenz died in poverty, all but forgotten by the history books. Until now! Blending storytelling, physical theatre, comedy and live music, Lecoq-trained Tamsin Clarke brings Bolívar’s lover Manuela’s story of love, loss and revolution vibrantly to life. Accompaniment by Colombian musician and guitarist Camilo Menjura. Tickets £10 at the door.


Ahmed Dickinson Live Music

3pm Porkys, 4 Topsfield Parade, N88PR Classical guitar virtuoso, hailing from Cuba, accompanies author Leila Segal as she reads from Breathe, a book of short stories set in Cuba. events/ahmed-dickinson

Luiz de Almeida Brazilian Jazz Live Music

9pm, Coolhurst Tennis Club, Coolhurst Road, N8 8EY One of London’s longest established Brazilian guitarists, Luiz has formed many Brazilian jazz bands. Here he brings his latest formation – the Brazilian Jazz trio

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Anthony Salsa hits

It’s not often that a huge Latin star visits London (let’s face it, they don’t need to), but in July the capital is graced by the presence of Marc Anthony, the king of modern Salsa, who is so big in Latin America that US pop stars line up to duet with him to capture the Latino market. One ambitious lady called J-Lo went further and married the guy, and another ex-first lady and presidential hopeful called Hillary insisted on sharing his concert stage. Now, post-flirtations with pop and politics, he is back to doing what he does best. Here are his 10 best Salsa singles. Hasta Que Te Conocí

A cover of Mexican singer-songwriter Juan Gabriel’s classic tune, this was Marc Anthony’s first ever Salsa recording. The song was already a hit across the continent but Marc Anthony’s version made it a nightclub anthem all over Latin America and kick-started his career as a Salsa artist.

Vivir lo Nuestro (duet with La India)

Marc Anthony and La India knew each other from the New York House Freestyle scene. India’s husband, legendary House producer Little Louie Vega (and nephew of Salsa’s most famous icon Hector Lavoe) was also Marc’s producer. A love version of the song was part of the seminal album La Combinacion Perfecta that made both artists international superstars.

Nadie Como Ella

One of his first solo hits and probably the track that defined Marc Anthony as the Salsa superstar. From the album Todo a Su Tiempo, this hit not only solidified his relationship with producer Sergio George, but it was also Marc Anthony’s first big global hit as a solo artist.


Y Hubo Alguien

Also part of the Contra la Corriente album, this was the first single of the album and was awarded two Billboard Latin Music Awards and a Lo Nuestro award. The first ever Salsa song to become number one in the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks chart.

Tu Amor me hace Bien Contra la Corriente

The song that gave the name to the best-selling Salsa album of all time, finally beating the record held since 1978 by Ruben Blades’ Siembra. It took 20 years for that record to be broken and it put Anthony on a different league to all the other Latin artists.

From J-Lo’s album ‘On the 6’, this was Sony’s attempt to push J-Lo in the Latino market…and it worked, cementing J-Lo’s position as the new Latina Diva in the USA, and Marc as the go-to artist if you wanted to reach the Latin market.

La Gozadera

First Reggaeton song by Anthony, joining forces with Cuban band Gente de Zona. A club track that talks about the enjoyment of being Latino. With 320 million views on YouTube and top 10s all over the world, from the USA to Romania, this is a song that will be sang and danced for years to come.

From the Valio La Pena album, this feel-good song is still one of his biggest club and radio hits around the world, showcasing Marc’s powerful yet tender voice.

Vivir Mi Vida

Valio la Pena

No Me Ames (duet with J-Lo)


His latest Salsa hit. A version of the song, C’est la Vie by Algerian Rai superstar Khaled, it’s been a massive success across the whole Americas, with a whopping 380 million YouTube views.

After a break from Salsa, as he ventured into Pop, Marc Anthony came back stronger than ever with Valio la Pena, an upbeat dancefloor filler that set clubs alight all over the world. It was the first cut of the album of the same name, which won Latin Grammy for best Tropical album in 2005.

Marc Anthony will be performing on 10th July at the O2. For tickets: www.


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JUNE June 2 – June 11, 2016

June 11, 2016



Argentinean writer, director and actress Lola Arias brings a fusion of film and theatre providing a glimpse into the Falklands Islands conflict. The performance will be in Spanish with English subtitles. Ticket prices range from £10 to £25.

Voces Chilenas provides a creative space for musicians who are passionate about Chilean history and culture, and discuss their relationship with British culture and music.


Location: Royal Court Theatre, 50-51 Sloane Square, London, SW1W 8AS Website: Every Thursday

La Bomba Weekly Clubbing London’s legendary Urban Latin and Crossover party is back in town, now in a weekly residency at the always popular The Cuban in Camden. FREE Entry. With resident Saul Maya and the desks and special guests every week, expect a mixture of Reggaeton, Dancehall, House and Latino beats with some great promotional prices on cocktails. From 10 until late Location: The Cuban The Stables Market, Chalk Farm Rd, London NW1 8AH June 9, 2016

Guitarrismo: Morgan Szymanski, the Mexican Guitar Music London’s new guitar classical series, Guitarrísimo, celebrates the Latin roots of the guitar with a recital by Morgan Szymanski, who is considered the greatest Mexican guitarist of his generation. The evening promises to transport the public to the warm and vibrant Mexico. Location: Instituto Cervantes – Auditorium, 102 Eaton Square, SW1W 9AN

Voces Chilenas

Location: Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Square, King Street, London, W6 0QL June 13 – June 15, 2016

Arizona – El Musical? Theatre “Arizona”, a play written by Juan Carlos Rubio, discusses frontiers, migration, human stupidity, and the extent to which humans can be manipulated. Rubio highlights the importance of communication between different societies and cultures. For more information visit: Location: Cockpit Theatre, Gateford Street, NW8 8EH June 14 – June 18, 2016


Dance Tracing flamenco’s journey from India to Spain, this phenomenal new flamenco show fuses East with West and features a company of 13 dancers and musicians, including Killing Joke bassist Youth, and the show’s creator Karen Ruimy. Location: Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, Holborn WC2A 2HT June 18

La Clave Fest Festival A day packed with FREE Latin music, dance, film, art, theatre, literature, talks sport, food and drink. After-parties from 10 p.m. Location: Hornsey Town Hall and other venues, Crouch End Broadway



June 23, 2016

Bixiga 70 Music

Bixiga 70 return to London after their sold out UK debut at Rich Mix, this time performing at Scala Club. They bring their signature fusion of African and South American sounds that’s made their name on the music scene. Location: Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9NL Website: http://www.comono.

S W E I V E R C I S MUJose Luis by DJ

Gerardo Nuñez and Ulf Wakenius ‘Logos’ (Act Music) Gerardo Nunez is considerd a master of New Flamenco, and this time he partners up with Swedish jazz guitarist Ulf Wakenius in a unique meeting of virtuosos. Much more than just a Flamenco album, Logos is the musical dialogue between two of the most important guitar players of this generation. Nunez leads the conversation, with Wakenius playing second guitar and Ángel “Cepillo” Sánchez González on percussion. ‘Logos’ takes us deep into the world of Jazz guitar through the labrynthine canals of Flamenco. It is a fearless musical experiment with beautiful results. Highly recommended.

Mala ‘Mirrors’ (Brownswood Recordings) South London producer Mala’s latest production on Brownwood records is every bit as good as his previous album ‘Mala In Cuba’. This time Mala went deeper south and dug into the sounds of Peru: from the Afro sounds of the Cajon to the deep sound of the jungle, and he delivered this masterpiece ‘Mirrors’. Fusing folk sounds with modern synths is nothing new, but Mala really works his magic, crafting a beautifully minimalistic sound. Each song is completely different in cadence and groove but the whole production is a showcase of his skills as well as the powerful music of Peru. Electronic music does not get much better than this.

I cannot recommend this enough! https://brownswoodrecordings.bandcamp. com

Agente Rex ‘La Tregua’ From Venezuela arrives Agente Rex, a new rock band formed by heavyweights of the Caracas music scene. Venezuela has never been short of musical talent and this band showcase how far the rock genre has come since the 60s. A mature and solid sound, Agente Rex bring a fresh sound to Caracas’ already burgeoning Latin Rock scene. Great arrangements and it is worth mentioning the fantastic guitar execution by Carlos Cabrices (Franco de Vita). The first promotional cut La Tregua has a music video more associated with pop bands, which shows the ambition of the crew. A great debut by the Venezuelans.

Dayme Arocena ‘One Take’ (Brownswood Recordings) I am a self confessed Dayme fan, and this EP did not disappoint. The concept was to create a recorded jam session with live recorded in one take, old school kind of thing. They made five covers of different genres, from the dance floor orientated ‘Stuck’ to the more rumba jam ‘Close to You’. ‘One Take’ EP is a fusion between traditional and Cuban Jazz and Dayme seems to be at ease with any musical challenge put in front of her. Still this EP feels like a warm up for bigger things to come from Dayme. Really looking forward to seeing what comes next. https://brownswoodrecordings.bandcamp. com

JUNE-july June 28, 2016

Martinho da Vila

July 5 – July 6, 2016


Rodrigo and Gabriella at the London Palladium

Responsible for some of Brazil’s best-loved samba over the last 50 years, Martinho da Vila returns with his band to provide the audience at the Barbican with music embodying the spirit of the country. Tickets cost £25 to £45.

The London Palladium welcomes popular duo Rodrigo and Gabriela for two nights of instrumental music, ranging from flamenco to heavy metal. Tickets range from £22.50 £27.50


Location: Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

Location: Argyll St, London W1F 7TF

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Website: http://www.songkick. com/artists/195992-rodrigo-ygabriela

July 1 – July 2, 2016

The Greatest Spectacle of Lucha Libre Music Featuring a stellar line-up, including the mighty Silver King, Juventud Guerrera and Zumbi, Mexico’s iconic masked superheroes return to the UK to perform in “The Greatest Spectacle of Lucha Libre”, an electrifying two-day extravaganza. Location: York Hall, Bethnal Green, London

June 24 – June 25, 2016


July 9

Hermeto Pascoal Music A renowned figure in Brazilian music, composer and multi-instrumentalist Hermeto Pascoal will be performing at the Barbican with his all-star British ensemble, conducted by Jovino Santos Neto, in honour of his 80th birthday. Location: Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS


Carlos Vives Music

Colombian pop-Latino singer and composer Carlos Vives will be treating audiences to two nights of performances. The first will be held at the O2 Academy Brixton, and the second will take place at the Royal Albert Hall. Location: O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road, London, SW9 9SL Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7, 2AP Website: artist/757711?tm_link=edp_Artist_Name

July 10

Marc Anthony Music The Global Latin sensation will be performing for the very first time in the UK, in the last show of his European tour at the 02 Location: The O2, Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX

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João Donato + Janis Siegel + Diego Figueiredo Music Fusing Brazilian Bossa Nova and American Jazz, three generations of musicians work in harmony: Jazz singer Janis Seigel’s meltingly smooth vocals flow perfectly with João Donato’s sharp Bossa Nova style, while Diego Figueiredo’s guitar weaves in and out, all backed by the The Requinte Trio and a full Jazz band. Location: Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS Website: http://www.barbican. asp?ID=19699

July 21

Omara Portuondo + Diego el Cigala Music Cuban songs meet Spanish Flamenco in this performance, celebrating Cuban singer Omara Portuondo’s 85th birthday. After 70 years in the spotlight, Portuondo’s style covers all aspects of Cuban rhythm. Joining her is Spanish Flamenco singer Diego el Cigala. Location: Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS Website: https://www.barbican. asp?ID=19629

Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company: Patrias Dance World-famous guitarist Paco Peña returns to Sadler’s Wells with a historical exploration into one of Spain’s darkest moments: The Spanish Civil War. A proud, emotional project, embracing the meaning of patria (the Spanish word for “motherland”), Patria was inspired by the life and works of playwright and musician Federico Garcia Lorca.

July 16

Our Latin Thing: 30 Years of Latin Music in London Music Colombian percussionist Roberto Pla, also known as “the Godfather of Latin Music in the UK”, leads a 20-piece salsa orchestra in celebrating the influence of the Fania All-Stars. Location: Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS

August 5

CocoBananas: Olympic Opening Ceremony SupperClub Dance CocoBananas is hosting the Olympic Opening Ceremony with our Food Editor Natalie Salmon, The Latina Cook. Tickets : Location: 37 Battersea Bridge Road, London SW11 3BA August 21

CocoBananas: Olympic Closing Ceremony SupperClub Dance CocoBananas is doing not just one but two SupperClubs with our Food Editor Natalie Salmon, The Latina Cook. This night will coincide with the Brazilian Olympic Closing ceremony, where you can enjoy healthy Brazilian Food followed by an evening of dancing all with projector screens playing the action from Rio’s Olympic Stadium. This is your last chance to experience CocoBananas before it closes for good so don’t forget to buy a ticket from their website! 7:30pm

July 12 – July 16

Location: Sadler’s Wells, Roseberry Avenue, London, EC1R


Location: Location: 37 Battersea Bridge Road, London SW11 3BA September 4 July 26 – August 21

Vamos Cuba! Dance

Cuban choreographer Nilda Guerra brings a summery dance sensation to London with “Vamos Cuba!” The show flits in an out of the departure and arrival of loved ones, the warmth of Cuban humour and the vibrancy of her home country. Tickets range from £12 to £45. Location: Sadler’s Wells, Roseberry Avenue, London, EC1R

Prom 67: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra and Gustavo Dudamel Music The Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra makes a return following its second appearance at the Proms back in 2011. Audiences will be treated to Venezuelan composer Paul Desenne’s Hipnosis mariposa and Heitor Villa-Lobos’s orchestral tribute to J. S. Bach. Location: Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7, 2AP


If anyone epitomises the uniqueness and strength that comes from being bi-cultural it is Juliano Fiori. Not only is he a West Londoner who is playing rugby for Brazil in the Olympics, but to do so, he’s had to juggle a full time job as head of humanitarian affairs at charity Save the Children with training. His Brazilian father, Jorge, arrived in the UK as a poitical refugee in the early seventies, with his then girlfriend, Juliano’s mother, both narrowly escaping the clutches of PInoochet and sealing Juliano’s identity as a British-Latino. “Playing for Brazil is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity I never dreamed I would get,” says Juliano. “I was raised here in London but my heart has always been with Brazil.” From my mother I’ve inherited a rebel spirit. From my father, bad jokes. The most useful piece of advice I’ve been given is “All you need is love” (John Lennon) The last thing I celebrated was my mother’s life and love on the fifth anniversary of her death. I was deeply affected by A Clockwork Orange, particularly its critical treatment of morality and choice, and its haunting depiction of corrective psychiatric practices. The most underrated virtue is loyalty. The most overrated vice is rage; the postmodern citizen is too accepting of injustices. No event during my adult life has been more consequential for individual freedoms than 9/11. The thing I feel most strongly about at the moment is resistance to the coup in Brazil against the president. But I feel inspired by the movement to oppose the criminality and authoritarianism of those who have led the coup. My favourite word? I’m told by my girlfriend that I use ‘reasonable’ a lot. The word I most dislike? C*nt. It is a word that rings with patriarchal violence. The ‘c’ is visceral, and the ‘t’ abrupt and dismissive. I believe in equality, justice, and self-determination. If I could go back in time I’d go to Paris on 14 July, 1789.







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Latino Life Summer Guide 2016  
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