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



The London-based nine-piece band are a hot melting pot of identities with backgrounds that span the world map: Cuba, Argentina, Venezuela, Chile, Ghana, Congo, Spain and the UK. Wara formed in 2009 and soon found that they were doing what no one else was: namely portraying what Latin Americans face when moving to UK, using the music to bend stereotypes, genres and combine stories. “We reinterpret what has already been done [in Cuban music] so it applies to young people living here in the UK in 2013,” says Latina powerhouse Eliane Correa, MD and keyboard player. The rest of the line-up includes Congolese-Argentinean lead vocalist Juanita Euka (niece of legendary Congolese musician Franco), London’s Josh Solnick aka Murmur (from London's Afro Dub hip-hop crew FUR) as multiple-personality lyricist. Add to this Afro-Cuban songstress Nana Aldrin Quaye on backing vocals, Gabrielle Greco on bass, and Taurean Antoine-Chagar getting soulful on the saxophone. The rhythm section is held down by Venezuelan Ernesto Marichales tight on percussion, and Chilean Leandro 'Lele' Mancini on drums. Greg Sanders-Gallego plays guitar, his West African inspired riffs adding another geographical twist to the Wara sound.


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

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 will be taking place at London's Jazz Cafe on 7 August 2013



21st June -Africa Oye Festival- Liverpool

18th July -Tropical Pressure Festival- Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Cornwall

19th July -Rhythmtree Festival, Isle Of Wight

25th July -Secret Garden Party, Cambridgeshire




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

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18 April 2014

Movimientos presents: La Sra Tomasa + Gypsy Butter + Dub Across Borders + Movimientos DJs

One of the freshest new talents causing a stir on the Barcelona scene, La Senora Tomasa experiment with traditional Latin styles like Timba, Salsa, and Guaguancó, mashed up with floor-filling Rumba Catalane, Reggae, Funk and Hip Hop. Combining a Mestizo vibe with Electronic explorations, this is set to be a special performance full of strength and vitality.

19 April 2014

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.

19 April 2014

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!

23 May 2014

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.