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Juan Luis Guerra y 4.40 – Wednesday 22nd June – HMV Hammersmith Apollo. London – the first time!

12 Apr

Como No proudly presents
Juan Luis Guerra y 4.40

London – the first time!

Greatest Hits Show

Wednesday 22nd June
HMV Hammersmith Apollo

Tickets on sale: 10am on Friday 15th April.

At last! The pan-Caribbean icon, Juan Luis Guerra, is coming to the UK with a one-off Greatest Hits show that promises to be the talk of the summer. Juan Luis Guerra – one of biggest and most enduring stars of Latin music for the past quarter of a century is finally coming to London on 22nd June. JLG, with his band 4.40, has sold 30 million albums worldwide, won two Grammy awards and 15 Latin Grammys and of all the biggest stars of Latin music he is the only one never to have appeared in the UK. This truly historic event will see the tropical music superstar cherry-pick from a vast and varied back catalogue for a solid 2 hour show where hit follows hit follows hit …

JLG was born in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic and using the rhythms of his birthplace, merengue and bachata, he struck out in all directions folding in salsa, Latin pop, and even going back to the source, Africa, by recording with Congo’s Diblo and covering a Papa Wemba song for an exquisitely realised merengue/soukous mash up on 1994’s sublime Fogaraté album.

His 11th, and latest studio album, “Asondeguerra”, debuted at no. 1 on the iTunes Latin charts in the US, Spain and Mexico on its first day and went on to reach no. 1 on the overall chart in Spain and Colombia, ultimately winning the 2010 Latin Grammy for Album of the Year – the second time he has won that particular honour. “Asondeguerra” features a collaboration with Colombian heavyweight Juanes on the song La Calle.

Just after the longest day of the year prepare for the long awaited party of the year.

Wednesday 22nd June
HMV Hammersmith Apollo
45 Queen Caroline Street
London W6 9QH
Doors 6.45pm
Tickets £35 in advance standing and seating, £50 premium seats.

On sale at 10am on Friday 15th April.

hmv call centre – 0843 221 0100
Ticketmaster 24 hour Ticketline: 08448 44 47 48 www.ticketmaster.co.uk
SEE Tickets www.seetickets.com
Ticketweb www.ticketweb.co.uk



Leleo Releases “Maravilhas”

27 Feb

Leleo “Maravilhas”

Released 16th June 2008 on Acid Jazz

Brazilian chart-topper, Leleo, is set to unleash new album, Maravilhas, on the UK. A star in Brazil since the mid-90’s, Leleo has relocated from tropical Copacabana to topical Camden Town and, in a whirl of dextrous creativity, has been heating up London’s winter audiences at headline shows -both with his solo acoustic gigs and full Brazilian band, Maravilhas, as well as dropping storming Acid Samba DJ sets throughout the capital.


Maravilhas (the album, not to be confused with Leleo’s band of the same name) was written and recorded in Rio’s infamous and glamorous district of Copacabana, and wears its influences on its sleeve. Part tropical paradise, part hedonistic heaven and part edgy backstreets, Maravilhas takes Leleo’s beloved acid samba style and gives it a modern Copacabana makeover, laying down the traditional Brazilian rhythms on a bed of cutting edge beats.

Opener Ela Briga Comigo (She Fights Me) is bursting with urgent energy. Leleo spits out the lyrics as samba tempo and funky chops create a vibe that flows not only through the song but throughout the album, funky and rhythmic, lush and emotive. Motoboy is designed for the dancefloor, all choppy guitar and intelligently utilised electronica, creating a joyous latino anthem. When the pace occasionally slows, the results are equally impressive: Ferias eases off from Ela Briga Comigo’s relentless delivery and finds its groove at a more relaxed pace, providing space for Leleo’s gravel-throated vocal and the uplifting harmonies; while Santa is a rare lighters-in-the-air moment and a song of real beauty.

In 1994, with his old band Banda Bel, Leleo wrote and recorded a song about Romario, the Brazilian star centre-forward of that year’s World Cup squad. Romario loved the song. It shot to number one in the Brazilian charts, becoming the theme tune to the World Cup, leading to Romario joining the band on stage and meeting them on numerous occasions. With this in mind, Leleo wrote Gisele, an ode to Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen.

At the time of writing no meeting between the two has yet taken place……

La Linea 10

27 Feb

First shows announced for La Linea 10
The London Latin Music Festival April 22nd – April 30th 2010

“La Linea has built an impressive international reputation as one of the world’s most eclectic celebrations of Latin music.” Time Out

Thursday April 22nd KID CREOLE & THE COCONUTS Barbican Hall
Monday April 26th VIVA EL MARIACHI – Featuring Mariachi El Bronx, The La Linea Mariachi Horns and Guest Vocalists. Barbican Hall
Monday April 26th SALSA CELTICA Queen Elizabeth Hall
Tuesday April 27th MACHACA Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Wednesday April 28th TANGO SIEMPRE present “MALANDRAS DEL TANGO” Queen Elizabeth Hall
Wednesday April 28th AMPARO SANCHEZ + Tucson Havana. Jazz Café
Friday April 30th KEVIN JOHANSEN & LINIERS Jazz Café

Back in its tenth year La Linea is funkier, punkier, rootsier and spunkier than ever. It’s all about what Latin Music can be, has been and very much is. Whether you are a mariachi punk, into speed salsa or gangsta charanga we’ve got something for you just leave your musical prejudices in at the door.

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