WARA

LOCATION:
Latin Funk / Cuban Salsa / Hip Hop / Rumba / Jazz

BOOKING EMAIL:
music@movimientos.org.uk

Wara

Influenced by the fieriest of contemporary Havana's music, Wara has roared it’s way through the ranks of the UK’s Latin music scene. With backgrounds spanning from Cuba to the Congo and Venezuela to Chile, the band has become of London’s most resonating urban soundclashes.

Their music plays deep into the urban Afro-Caribbean scene; dembow darts though bass-heavy hip-hop and reggaeton intertwines with the bounce of the mambo. Their lyrics, astute and provocative, do not hesitate to bend genres and twist stereotypes. Yet, Wara remains humorous even the most critical of dialogue, a band with a future that is as colourful and diverse as its past.?

The band is fronted by a latina power trio of Eliane Correa (En El Aire Project) (MD, keyboards), Congolese-Argentinean lead vocalist Juanita Euka (niece of legendary Congolese musician Franco) and multi-lingual Chilean-German Fedzilla on the rhymes.

"Cuban dance music, given a London remix"

"There are cool, drifting vocals (…) and rapping (…) with lyrics about the realities of immigrant London life. Then they suddenly change the mood and pace mid-song, the brass kicks in, and they head out for the dancefloor." Robin Denselow, **** The Guardian

"Socially conscious, upbeat and joyous…" Songlines 2013

"They mash Cuban jazz-funk, clubby beats and smart hooks – lead track 'Flesh And Bone' is a Latin-London blast." Single of the week - Metro

"Wara are at the cutting edge… of the musical pulse." Lopa Kothari, BBC Radio 3

“Wara are young musical revolutionaries who simply ignore convention…they represent the true sound of contemporary Latin London in the 21st century Lubi Jovanovic (UK Latin DJ/Promoter/Journalist)

"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." ***** Sounds and Colours

"Jazz, bossa nova, rap, salsa, cha-cha-cha and ska are blended seamlessly into a pulsating dominant Cuban core producing highly danceable and ear-soothing tracks like Somewhereland which deals sensitively with the exodus from Cuba." Morning Star

"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


RELEASES:

Debut album "Leave to Remain"

Debut release EP “Flesh and Bone” on Movimientos Records available now worldwide

https://wara.bandcamp.com/

 

WHERE: Wara have been packing dancefloors and starting parties on the London global scene for the last eight years. In the last few years they've played at Glastonbury, The Big Chill Festival, Secret Garden Party, Barbican's Blaze Festival, the Roundhouse, Ronnie Scott’s to name a few.



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26 April 2019

Son Yambu, Malavita, Makala & Jimmy Bidaurreta + Tropical Pressure London Launch

A night of Latin grooves with a contemporary edge down at the Hoot! Son Yambu present a modern take on the sound of authentic Cuban son, continuing the Buena Vista legacy and letting it sit firmly in the 21st century. With incredible Cuban musicians making up the band Son Yambu’s live set is an experience not to miss. Alongside them, Malavita and Makala & Jimmy Bidaurreta will be getting the party started on stage, melding Latin influences with some funk and bass to get things going. Tropical Pressure DJs will also be on hand to launch their festival in London alongside Makala connecting the dots with a mix of tropical sounds, from classic to modern, across genres - get ready to dance!

3 May 2019

Shika Shika London Showcase

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5 May 2019

Cinco De Mayo

Celebrating Cinco De Mayo with a mix of international live music, female mariachis, DJs, traditional dance, food and decor with a Mexican twist! Candeleros are flying in from Madrid with their modern twist on psychedelic cumbia and afro-latin rhythms alongside female-fronted mariachi duo Las Guadalupes and Jari Castillo. DJs Coco Maria, Gypsy Box and Cal Jader will be bringing the vibes from the decks throughout out the day, and with traditional dance from Mestizo Folklore and Atlachinolli Aztec Dance, this is set to be an almighty fiesta.

11 May 2019

Manzana Tropical + Kit Sebastian + Mambo Chick + Cal Jader + Chonta DJ

Movimientos is back at Brixton’s legendary Hootananny with a stellar lineup of live tropical music! Having been making the rounds on London’s live circuit for years, Manzana Tropical will be presenting their full fat Peruvian Cumbia with an Amazonian twist, alongside fresh Mr Bongo signing Kit Sebastian with their melting pot of Jazz-tinged sounds from around the globe. Keeping things moving before and after, France’s Mambo Chick will be at the decks alongside our very own DJ Cal Jader.