Latin Funk / Cuban Salsa / Hip Hop / Rumba / Jazz
It's been a busy year for our favourite musical revolutionaries with their debut album 'Leave To Remain' receiving a 4 star review in The Guardian, a sold-out album launch at the Jazz Café, various performances on the BBC World Service and BBC Radio 3, not to mention shooting their first music video between the rooftops of Shoreditch and the streets of Havana. With their high-energy fusion of traditional Latin and Cuban styles and the global influences of modern London, Wara have been turning heads and capturing hearts from the outset.
The band are a nine-piece with a scorching melting pot of identities with backgrounds spanning Cuba, Argentina, Venezuela, Chile, Spain, Germany and the UK. Formed in 2009, they soon found that they were doing something nobody else had tried: portraying what Latin Americans face when they move to the UK; using their music as a platform to twist stereotypes, bend genres and combine stories in a provocative and intelligent way.
Influenced by the fieriest of contemporary Havana's Timba and Songo ("Cuban salsa") sounds, borrowing their biting horn lines from the times of the mambo and cha-cha-cha, whilst also? covering pan-Latin genres such as Reggaetón and Merengue, Wara also have one foot in London's vibrant global underground: from Ragga, Dancehall and Reggae beats picked up off the Afro-Caribbean scene to grooving Funk, Ska and bass-heavy Hip-Hop. The multicultural vibe that makes London so unique is abundantly present in their sound.
The name 'Wara' comes from the Cuban expression 'guara,' which refers to someone who is very friendly, energetic and talkative, but with an underlying ulterior motive behind the bubbly exterior.? If you listen beyond the infectious, upbeat vibes, Wara's music delivers a strong social message; whether it's about defending migrant rights, denouncing police brutality, or commenting on stories of inequalities and displacement from around the world.
The line-up includes Latina powerhouse Eliane Correa (MD, keyboards), blazing Congolese-Argentinean lead vocalist Juanita Euka (niece of legendary Congolese musician Franco) and multi-lingual Chilean-German Fedzilla on the rhymes. With a sharper than sharp London-Havana horn section (Landy Díaz & Taurean Antoine-Chagar), Cuban funkster Michel Castellanos on drums and Greg Sanders-Gallego's West African inspired guitar riffs, Wara is a high-energy trip to Havana and back.
With contagious, in-your-face vocals, inspired keyboard playing, a super tight Latin/UK mix on the rhythm section and their MC quick on the rhymes, Wara's musical energy is palpable. If there was ever a collective sound that could embody the collision of Cuban and UK music scenes as well as the world at present in all its multi-faceted beauty and madness, this is it
"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
Debut album "Leave to Remain" in stores since 1st July 2013
Debut release EP “Flesh and Bone” on Movimientos Records available now worldwide
Wara have been packing dancefloors and starting parties on the London global scene for the last two 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. Glastonbury and theSecret Garden Party have asked them back this year, 27/28 June and 27 July respectively, and their big album launch gig took place at London's Jazz Cafe on 7 August 2013
WARA RECENT GIGS
20145 - 8 June - Pennabilli, Italy
20 June - Passing Clouds, London
21 June - Africa Oye, Liverpool
22 June - Bedroom Bar, London
18 July - Tropical Pressure Festival - Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Cornwall
19 July - Rhythmtree Festival, Isle of Wight
25 July - Secret Garden Party, Cambridgeshire
26 July - Ealing Jazz Festival, London
17 August - Horniman Bandstand, Forest Hill, London
25 August - Greenbelt Festival, Northamptonshire
7 Sept - Leytonstone Big Day Out
WARA PAST GIGS
14 December,The Forge, Camden, video launch / end of year party
9 October, Guanabara, London, 'Latin Frenzy'
8 September, Stanley Park Festival, Liverpool
8 September, Chrisp Street Festival, London
6 September, South Bank Centre - Queen Elizabeth Hall , London
7 August, Jazz Café, London - Album launch party
27 July, Secret Garden Party
13 July, Gillet Square, Dance Nations Dalston, London
04 July, Dalston Eastern Curve Garden London
28 June, Glastonbury, Hell Stage
27 June, Glastonbury, Heavenly Lounge
22 June, Hootananny Brixton, UK
14th June, The Cellar, Oxford
8th June Band On The Wall, Manchester
30th May Chapel Arts, Part of Bath Fringe Festival, Bath
29th May Hay Festival, Hay on Wye
17th May The Wardrobe, Leeds
10th May Dome Studio Theatre, Brighton Festival, Brighton
18th April Village Underground, La Linea Festival, London
15th June, Passing Clouds
17th June, Celebrating Sanctuary, Southbank
29th June, Leefest
30th June, New Voices Festival
20th July, Rich Mix
21st July, Secret Garden Party
22nd July, Shoreditch Festival
7th Aug, Victoria Park, BT LIVE
24th Aug, Rhythm Tree Festival, Isle of Wight
2nd Sept, Burgess Park
13th Oct, Hootananny
12th Nov, Globoloco @ Mango Landin (Brixton), London
11th Nov, Bossaphonik @ The Cellar (Cornmarket), Oxford
7th Nov, Movimientos @ The Roundhouse (Camden), London
3rd Nov, Playgroup, Cook the Rabbit @ The Blind Tiger, Brighton
28th Oct, Viva La Revolucion! @ Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, London
23rd Oct, Oxjam, Dogstar (Brixton), London
17th Sept, Movimientos @ Hootananny (Brixton), London
10th Sept, Barclaycard Stage, The Mayor’s Thames Festival, London
19th Aug, Movimientos @ Passing Clouds (Dalston), London
6th Aug, Big Chill Festival, Global Local Stage.
4th Aug, Muevete @ Favela Chic (Old Street), London
24th July, Ealing Global Festival (Walpole Park), London
17th July, Arts is the Park (support for Courtney Pine), (Waltham Forest), London
8th July, Barbican Blaze, Hackney Empire (support for CALLE 13), London
24th-26th June, Glastonbury Festival, Cubana Stage, Club Dada, The Hub
5th June, London Green Fair, Main Stage (Regents Park), London
4th June, Exeter Respect Fair, Main Stage, Exeter
29th May, Leeds Loves Latin, Millenium Square, Leeds
7th May, Rich Mix Summer Season Launch, (Dalston), London
15th April, Movimientos @ Passing Clouds (Dalston), London
26th March, Movimientos @ Hootananny (Brixton), London
17th March, SOAS Radio Live @ Favela Chic (Old Street) London
11th Feb, Carnival Of Love, SOAS, London
21st Jan, Global Local and Movimientos, Rich Mix, London
Movimientos presents: Mama Kasbah + Brass Knuckles + Gecko + Movimientos DJs
Another bumper line up of tropical rhythms and skanking global funk to tear the roof off The Hootananny once more.
In solidarity with the people of Buenaventura in Colombia - War on Want, Movimientos and Movimiento Jaguar Despierto have joined forces for a night of latin beats, spoken word, activism and musica pacifica!
Havana Calling presents: Muévete
Muévete invites another very special international guest welcoming Cumbia and tropical vinyl specialist alongside host Cal Jader for the monthly fiesta of uptempo Latino-Caribbean-Tropical soundclash vibes where classic rhythms get bastardised and twisted up for the modern dancefloor.