Thursday, 28th January 2021 - Dorance Lorza & Sexteto Café
Dorance Lorza & Sexteto Cafe have been one of the leading bands in the vibrant and exciting London salsa scene since they formed in 1996.
Pioneering the worldwide “salsa con vibes” revival of the late 1990s, they were one of the first bands in Europe to favour the small combo salsa sound of 1960s/1970s bands like Joe Cuba Sextet/ New Swing Sextet /Pete Terrace Combo rather than that of the more common big brass-heavy salsa orchestras of the day.
Colombian born band leader Dorance Lorza already boasts an impressive record as a musician, arranger, composer and producer, having worked with the the biggest names in Colombian salsa music.
Friday, 29th January 2021 - Waaju
Waaju, meaning ‘to urge, inspire or influence to take action’ in Mali’s Bambara language, is a group led by drummer and percussionist Ben Brown that is clearly acknowledging these influences. But, although they are plain to hear in the music, it isn’t simply a straight-forward copy. The compositions on Waaju’s new album, Grown, are credited to all five band members and the result is fresh, contemporary London jazz, which draws from elements of African and Latin music and the many other global influences found in the capital’s rich cultural palette.
Saturday, 30th January - LUNCH
The Latin Bridge Quartet
The Latin Bridge is a vocal and instrumental Cuban quartet directed by Sergio Marciano (Vocal Sampling) and featuring some of the UK's top Cuban musicians, offering a repertoire that revisits the traditional Cuban and Latin songbooks in a warm, soulful style, including some original pieces alongside unique reinterpretations of classic boleros, sones and bossa novas.
Saturday, 30th January: Evening - DOUBLE SHOW
The Afro-Cuban Jazz Sessions Vol. II: Neue Grafik Ensemble
London's blooming jazz scene is one of its defining musical strengths; as such, this night aims to provide a bridge between the Latin and Afrolatin musical traditions and the unique, evolving London jazz sound. The festival brings to you an exclusive collaboration/musical conversation directed by Cuban percussion virtuoso Hammadi Valdés, where him and his team of world-renowned Afrocuban folklore percussionists share their musical tradition with UK-based jazz ensemble Neue Grafik.
Hammadi Valdés, joined for this unique event by the creme de la creme of Afro-Cuban players, is a Havana-born percussionist who, since arriving in the UK 15 years ago, has collaborated with the likes of Omara Portuondo, Jacob Collier, and Robert Mitchell. His CV also includes a Latin Grammy (Chucho Valdés) and an Olivier nomination (Carlos Acosta's "Tocororo", for which he was musical director).
Producer, instrumentalist and DJ, Neue Grafik, has been building a strong rep for himself over the past few years, releasing records previously on labels such as Rhythm Section, 22a, CoOp Presents and Wolf Music. His sound is a hybrid of jazz, house and hip hop, all with his unique geographical flavours of African ethnicity, Parisian roots and a love for London sounds like broken beat & grime thrown into the mix. His latest project, Neue Grafik Ensemble, is the result of an inspiring Total Refreshment Centre after-hours jam featuring some of UK jazz's most prominent names.