"La Linea has built an impressive international reputation as one of the world's most eclectic celebrations of Latin music." Time Out
This is La Linea’s 6th year of presenting new trends and moves in music of Latin origin. La Linea takes place in a variety of central London venues throughout April and the ’06 season promises to keep up the dizzying standards that previous audiences have come to expect. As is its way, La Linea ’06 finds room for a selection of styles and rhythms from a scene of huge diversity: Mexican rancheras, reggaeton, flamenco, bossa nova, deep Afro-Cuban rhythms, Afro-Peruvian styles, Portuguese fado plus a unique “Buena Vista Social Club™” presentation at Sadler’s Wells.
Saturday April 1 – Amparanoia & Ska Cubano + guest DJs - Coronet, 28 New Kent Road, London SE1 - 8.30pm-3am - All tickets £15 in advance
La Linea ’06 bursts into life with a spectacular double bill party night special at The Coronet on April 1 featuring the sound of contemporary Barcelona with Amparanoia and the explosive jump-up combo of rhythms from Cuba, Jamaica and Colombia that is Ska Cubano.
Saturday April 1 – Misia – Queen Elizabeth Hall - South Bank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX - 7.30 - £12.5/£17.5/£20
A very rare London show for one of the great contemporary voices of fado.
Over the last decade, Misia has been at the forefront of the Portuguese fado revival. While deeply rooted in the bittersweet Portuguese blues, tonight’s show is enriched with an infusion of tangos and boleros to coincide with the UK release of her new album “Drama Box”. Misia’s richly emotive voice is accompanied by guitars, violin and bandoneon.
Sunday April 2 – Susana Baca + Marta Topferova - Queen Elizabeth Hall - South Bank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX - 7.30 - £12.5/£17.5/£20
Susana Baca is one of the great voices of Latin America. In the last ten years, since coming to international fame when picked up by David Byrne's Luaka Bop label, she has really made the Afro-Peruvian repertoire her own. Now playing her first London show in almost two years and backed by her own exquisite band she plays on a more intimate stage than she has done for some time in a performance to launch her brand new album released in March. Support comes in the shape of the immaculate Marta Topferova. This Czech-born, New York resident has no right to sing her sultry Latin folk repertoire with such aplomb but hey, that's La Linea, and from the strangest places come the sweetest sounds.
Tuesday April 4 – Lila Downs + Kevin Johansen - Barbican Centre – Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS - 7.30 - £12/£18/£22
Mexico's voice for the twenty first century introduces her brand new project La Cantina focussing on the rich repertoire of Mexico's beloved cancion ranchera tradition. Ballads of heartache, solitude and longing reinterpreted with Lila's Nueva York inflected cool. Downs cuts a striking figure on stage. Her resemblance to the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo has long been noted and she appeared in - as well as singing the Grammy nominated theme tune - Selma Hayek's Frida biopic.