Monday, 6 December 2010

London Caracas London 2006


On Friday 1 September the London Caracas:Caracas Londres free music festival takes place in Trafalgar Square (6-10pm). The festival is being organised by the Mayor of London and the Mayor of Caracas, to highlight the growing links between the two cities and with Latin America more widely, and will feature bands from Latin American countries.

Concert, Friday 1 September 2006, 6pm-10pm

A free concert in Trafalgar Square on 1 September will feature bands from Latin American countries and the UK. 'London Caracas: Caracas Londres' is being organised by the Mayor in conjunction with the Venezuelan capital Caracas, to highlight the growing links between the two cities and with Latin America more widely.

The Mayor said:

'London's growing Latin American community makes an important economic, social and cultural contribution to the city. Latin American and Caribbean music and dance have a global cultural influence impact and this will be an opportunity for Londoners to strengthen cultural links with Latin America. The concert will give a flavour of some of the contemporary music coming out of Latin America alongside London bands and DJs. It is part of an ongoing cultural exchange programme that will see UK bands playing at a similar event in Caracas next year, underlining the friendship between our two great cities.

An eclectic line up will include London band St Etienne, as well as some of the most popular groups in Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico.

They include Desorden Publico from Venezuela, who have had platinum sales for a sound that mixes ska, latin rock and other traditional latin styles and incorporates sounds and instrumentation of the Spanish speaking Caribbean.

Bersuit Vergarabat from Argentina use Latin American rhythms, such as cumbia, chacarera, candombe and cuartetaz, and have attracted a fan base from Spain as well as South America with lyrics that confront social and political issues.

Also on the line up are Os Paralamas do Sucesso, one of the most well known groups in Brazil and award winners on MTV Video Music Brazil. With a sound that was originally inspired by the Police, The Beat and The Specials, Os Paralamas do Sucesso have also worked with Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera.

El Gran Silencio from Monterrey in Mexico, draw on a wide range of musical influences from across the globe (from the Americas, to Europe, to India), whilst retaining a ranchera core and utilising the beats of chúntaros, and going overboard on their use of accordion based riffs of vallenato, conjunto norteño and cumbia for their 'Super Riddim Internacional Vol 1' release of 2003.


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