It was about time Wara had their own official music video and so here it is – the title track from their debut album ‘Leave To Remain‘ showing exactly why we love them so much – with their vibrant mix of next generation Latin music and conscious social commentary. High tempo energetic music with a message. Filmed at various locations in London and Cuba it includes scenes featuring London’s immigrant communities, Seven Sisters and Ridley Road markets, startling street scenes in Havana and an epic rooftop sequence finale.
For the London shoot it we enlisted the help of our longtime friend – filmmaker Mikey Watts whose powerful documentaries we’ve consistently screened at Movimientos over the years – to help add an element of social realism and added to the beautiful scenes of Havana undertaken by bandleader Eliane Correa the video evokes a fascinating clash of cultures – just like the music itself. Enjoy!
Movimientos Records is proud to announce WARA’s debut album “Leave to Remain” has hit the stores! This has been long-awaited and we couldn’t be more excited about it!
'Leave to Remain' is the debut album by Wara, the young revolutionaries of the UK's Latin music scene, and follows their critically acclaimed self-titled EP (Movimientos Records, 2011). The genre-defying 'Leave to Remain', to be released 1 July 2013 on Movimientos Records, sees the band take their trademark sound to higher grounds, effortlessly combining Cuba's most danceable rhythms and styles – timba ("Cuban salsa"), songo, cha-cha-cha, rumba - with contemporary urban elements such as reggae, soul, hip-hop and jazz. The songs are threaded with bilingual, conscious lyrics that inject social and political commentary into their music in a variety of ways: there are songs that directly touch upon the topics of migration, identity and displacement ("Somewhereland", "Leave to Remain"); "Run for Cover's" London-riot-fuelled policeman theatrics followed by an acoustic remake of "Flesh and Bone" that goes straight to the soul, and finally a delusional tirade by whining party scene divas in "Caprichoso".
What critics are saying about ‘Leave to Remain’:
“Fresher than a newly minted mojito…Soon, there will be nothing secret about this young London-Havana soundclash troupe as their infectious rhythms and political consciousness will stir the heart and feet to movement of different kinds.” Gary Lewis, Musika
“Quite simply, Wara’s Leave to Remain is a work of Latin-London genius, an album whose impeccable fusion between experimental form and insightful content makes it a compelling, unique and socially important release."
Nicholas Nicou, Sounds and Colours
"Wara combine music, words, joy, and social awareness in such a way that as you listen to them your feet can't keep still and neither can your brain, and that's got to be a good thing!" Ian Macmillan, The Verb, BBC Radio 3
Wara, the young revolutionaries of the UK's Latin music scene, will be releasing their debut album, the genre-defying 'Leave To Remain', on 3 June on Movimientos Records, as well as taking the hot London-Havana soundclash on the road for a UK spring tour starting in April. The tour is presented by La Linea, in association with Movimientos and Global Local, supported by the Arts Council of England. The Wara Tour 2013 will bring the Wara live experience to prestigious venues nationwide and demonstrate why Wara are being hailed as musical revolutionaries by audiences and critics alike. READ MORE...
WARA Offical UK Tour Dates:
18 April - Village Underground, London (La Linea 13)
10 May - Dome Studio Theatre, Brighton ***sold out***
17 May - The Wardrobe, Leeds
29 May - Hay Festival, Hay on Wye
30 May - Chapel Arts, Bath
8 June - Band On The Wall, Manchester
14 June - The Cellar, Oxford
27 June - Glastonbury festival, Somerset
27 July - Secret Garden Party festival, Cambridgeshire
Debut album 'Fongo' out 1 April 2013 on Movimientos Records
UK distributor: Proper Music Distribution
Chinches – the band that began as a sweet dream in a jungle hut - will
release their long-awaited debut album Fongo on 1 April. Drawing upon
the retro style of Chicha from 1960s Peru, Los Chinches' epic new sound
harnesses the psychedelic twists of Peruvian Cumbia as well as the Punk
and Ska spirit of London. This, along with their rocking tropical
energy, makes for blistering live performances interlaced with
feverishly addictive melodies. Their sound stays faithful to the
original bands from the era, such as Juaneco y Su Combo and Los Mirlos,
whilst taking influences from 60s garage rock and surf guitar and
bringing it bang up-to-date with a distinctly London attitude.
Movimientos is thrilled to announce the Los Chinches UK Tour dates. Los Chinches will be playing prestigious venues across the UK in March - with more dates to follow in May - bringing their killer blend of original tropical-psychedelic Cumbia, Ska and Chicha from Peru to audiences in Brighton, Nottingham, Cardiff, Bristol and more. The tour coincides with the March release of their new album FONGO on Movimientos Records, which is set to be a trailblazer on the Global music scene. With thanks to the support of Arts Council England.
For the offical tour dates and details please see Los Chinches UK Tour 2013.
Our monthly night of latino, tropical and global musical anarchy at Hootananny Brixton - London's Lifestyle Awards No 1 live music venue (2011). With a selection of some of the finest local and international acts, Movimientos DJs with the freshest latin beats and tropical rhythms with a super charged carnival atmosphere of good vibes! This video features London's LOS CHINCHES, CUMBE and ORQUESTRA VOADORA from Rio de Janeiro!
See details of our forthcoming Hootananny events HERE>>
Welcome to Movimientos, the live music events programmer, promoter, record label and artist/DJ agency - and the biggest hub for the live Latin music events and club nights in London. Find out more about our Latin American bands and DJs, our film screenings and our revolutionary approach to Latin music and culture and check out our exclusive mixes, downloads and upcoming events.
We represent bands who are bringing brand new and influential fusions of music to a captive audience. Our label Movimientos Records pioneers the newest and finest sounds straight from the underground - launched in 2011 with the WARA EP as our debut release and we have some exciting treats for release in 2012 READ MORE...
Havana Calling presents Muévete! @ Notting Hill Arts Club
PURE TROPICAL PARTY VIBES!! A favourite for Saturday night crowds in West London, Muévete is a monthly fiesta - a pure party version of Movimientos, with a dance floor-slammin' mash up of raw Latin beats and tropical bass. From the rolling Latin rhythms of salsa, cumbia, merengue and Samba to the raw urban flavours of reggaeton, Hip Hop, dancehall, moombahton, baile funk and dutty carnival rhythms, incorporating a healthy dose of African beats and global underground music.
Movimientos presents: La Sra Tomasa + Dai and The Ramblers + RENU + DJ OGT
Movimientos presents another huge line up of Latin and global sounds at Brixton's number one spot for live music. With La Sra Tomasa making their Brixton debut coming all the way from Barcelona with a sound that mixes latin rhythms with modern dancefloor beats and generous support from Mano De Dios frontman Jackson Scott's new project - kind of like Syd Barret goes to New Orleans and the genre bending sound of RENU like Serge Gainsbourg meets the Kinks. Plus more Spanish fire from DJ OGT joining the Tomasa boys on their trip from Catalonia, get ready for some serious musical sabor!
Movimientos presents: Carnival Collective + Cable Street Collective + Atrevida
Carnival Collective come hot on the heels of their new album release and with a smaller (but no less banging) line up that might actually fit on the Hootananny stage this time! And Cable Street Collective make a welcome return ahead of a summer of festivals and sunshine as befits their blissfully catchy sounds. AND….To add extra sabora feminina to open the night we welcome the brand new Cuban dance sounds of the all female Atrevida to get the dance floor moving early. PLUS the original Movimientos DJ selectors on the decks with Latin rhythms, carnival beats and tropical bass.