WARA

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

BOOKING EMAIL:
music@movimientos.org.uk

WHO:

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


RELEASES:

Debut album "Leave to Remain" in stores since 1st July 2013

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

 

WHERE:

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

2014

5 - 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

2013

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

 

2012

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

 

2011

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

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