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!
Wara video launch at The Forge, Camden – Thursday 12th Decemeber
Together with Alborada and Movimientos, Omar Puente is taking part in a seminar as part of the Latin America Conference entitled ‘Liberation through Culture – Music & Film in Latin America’s revolutionary wave‘ here he gives us a little glimpse into what he will talk about at and and answers a few more of our questions about his inspiring life
Omar explained that it will be a challenge to squeeze all they want to say into one hour. They will touch on the evolution of music, the Cuban roots and the importance of songs on the revolution.
‘It is not just music. As Cubans we walk music, we eat music, we drink music and we dance music.’ Omar explained.
He has been active with the Cuban Solidarity Campaign (who co-host the conference) for a while now and feels ‘flattered’ to have been invited to speak.
‘Being involved with the Solidarity Campaign is my way of saying thank you and giving something back.’
The Adelante! Latin America Conference 2013 is taking place tomorrow, Saturday 7 December, 9-6pm at Congress House, 28 Russell Street followed by Fiesta at Bolivar Hall