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La ClaveFest - free Latin music and dance Festival
9 June 2018
La Clave Fest 2018 London's Free Latin Festival comes to Central London this June
London's favourite Latin festival, celebrating the best Latin music and dance is back, bigger and better than ever, taking over the stunning venue that is The Scoop, in the river between Tower Bridge and London Bridge, on Saturday 9th June.
From 12 noon till 10pm, international bands from Mexico and Colombia join the UK's plethora of Latin talent, to take culture lovers on a journey through live Latin Jazz, Fusion, Folk, Boleros, Samba and Latin Hip-Hop, culminating in a full-on Salsa band, followed by London's best Latin DJs spinning latest Latin dancefloor hits.
Headlining will be the big Salsa sound of Elpidio & Su Alegria Latina - a 10 piece orchestra bringing together London's finest musicians from Cuba, Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador - and the Latin-Funk of the Omar Puente Quintet. One of the world's most respected Jazz violinists, charismatic bandleader, and LUKAS winner 2017 for Jazz act, Omar's unique and energetic Jazz Funk is reminiscent of Cuba's legendary Irakere.
From across the Atlantic come Las Hermanas Garcia, the Mexican teenage sensations who, with1.3 million strikes on their current single and #1 in Spotify's Bolero Pop Playlist, lead Mexico's new Bolero generation. From Colombia we have three brothers of Nazari Sound whose fusion of Jazz, Blues, Funk, Folklore, Salsa & R&B is causing waves on the Latin Hip Hop scene.
Accompanying them will be the UK's finest Latin talent, as chosen by the public in The LUKAS Awards; percussion maestro and bandleader Ernesto Marichales reshapes Venezuelan traditional folk with London electronica to mesmerising results in Telajeta. Mike Kalle leads London's finest Latin Hip Hop outfits to represent the new sound of Latin-London, whilst vocalist and choir master extraordinaire Camilo Menjura performs Latin American folk songs with his Landscapes Of Latin-America (LOL) Choir.
PLUS live Samba drumming and dance shows choreographed by Richard Marcel. There'll be Latin dance classes throughout the day in the adjacent Hays Galleria, hosted by The Latin Combination, and at The Scoop dance animators will ensure no two feet are standing still. As is customary at La Clave, 10pm will no doubt be met with a groan, and that's when the cowbells and claves appear. What? The Party's just beginning!
Listings Info: Date: Saturday 9th of June 2018 Event: La Clave Fest Time: 12:00 to 22:00 Venue: The Scoop and Hays Galleria Address: Queen's Walk, London SE1 2DB Nearest tubes: London Bridge and Tower Hill Buses: All buses to London Bridge Line Up: Music; Omar Puente (Latin-Funk - Cuba), ElPidio y su Alegria Latina (Salsa - Colombia), Las Hermanas Garcia (Boleros - Mexico), Nazari Sound (Hip hop - Colombia) Telajeta (Jazz-Electronica - Venezuela), Camilo Menjura and his LOL choir (Folk-Latin America), Samba Haze (Samba- Brazil), DJ Jose Luis and friends Dance; Richard Marcel, Latin Fit Machine, Havana Londres, The Latin Combination. Admission: FREE Website: www.laclavefest.co.uk Facebook: /laclavefest Twitter: /latinolifeuk Instagram: /latinolifeuk
More info on La Clave La Clave Fest was launched in 2015 to showcase publicly the winning artists from the LUKAS awards, Europe's Latin Entertainment Awards ceremony, whereby the public and panels of expert judges, choose their favourite Latin musicians and dancers.
"Latinos bring creativity whether they go and London is no exception, where the Latin community is well into its second generation," says La Clave and LUKAS founder Amaranta Wright. "Our ambition with La Clave was to shine a light on the new sound of Latin London as well as celebrate the music and dances that are dominating the stages, nightclub and arenas globally. And his stunning location, with Tower Bridge and Tower of London as a backdrop, provide the perfect setting for this amazing free celebration of multicultural London."
La Clave is supported by the Mayor of London and the Arts Council
The Scoop and Hays Galleria, London
The Scoop and Hays Galleria Queen's Walk, London SE1 2DB