NEW RELEASE: The Fontanas - Fuel To My Fire

The Fontanas return with more of their sweet funky Tropical sound!

Culture flows through the fabric of the band, boasting a truly global line up and taking in countries as far as Brazil, Jamaica & Mozambique, with members having performed alongside the likes of Mr Scruff, Milton Nascimento, Alice Russell, Culture Club and beyond. The music embraces the heritage of Brazil, but defines itself from their base in West London.

‘Seriously funky and feel good. This track is gonna be big this summer’ DJ Edu (BBC1Xtra)

NEW RELEASE: Sofree - Tus Olas (feat. Eliane Correa & Yelfris Valdés)

It all began with a musical foundation by Sylvain Couesmes (Freemachinist).

Yasmeen Quintana taught it to Eliane Correa one afternoon in her house and, spontaneously improvising, Eliane sang “En la espuma de tus olas me pierdo yo” (In the foam of your waves I lose myself), which later became the refrain. From there, they started working on the song long-distance via Skype.

Yasmeen wrote lyrics around this idea while Sylvain and Eliane continued composing and arranging the song. The lyrics are about the sea and the fact that Yasmeen often felt suffocated by the urban surrounding in which many of us live, wanting to return to the sea to finally be able to breathe again. The creative process lasted months. With musicians from Barcelona and London playing and recording the instruments (bass, guitar, trombone, etc.), the participation of the talented trumpeter Yelfris Valdés is especially noted.

They felt from the first day that this song deserved to be accompanied by a video. Sylvain already knew what he wanted, something new and fresh. Immediately they thought of animated images in a “collage” style with moving designs. Jezabel De León Carballo put herself forward to take charge of the make-up and they called Thomas Lefebvre, a photographer they had worked with for the inside sleeve of their first EP “Raíces distintas”. The images don’t necessarily follow the lyrics but instead follow their own flow creating a distinct and dream-like universe.

20 June 2019

Fémina

Fémina touch down in London for the first time! Channelling blissed out, harmony-soaked soul music with a purpose the Argentinian trio join us fresh from the release of their third album, ‘Perlas & Conchas’. Lyrically poignant with major hip hop and Latin folk influences, their latest record is primarily an electronic statement, recorded and produced by legendary producer and musician Quantic.

22 June 2019

Lokandes + Mr Pineapple and Okvoy + Jimena Angel + DJ Talacha + MC Fedzilla + DJ Cal Jader

Sounds from across the Latin American diaspora come together at Hootananny, as Lokandes present their fresh take on traditional Andean music, alongside Mr Pineapple and Okvoy’s Latin fusion and Jimena Angel’s electronic Colombian rhythms. DJ Talacha & Cal Jader will be on hand throughout the night alongside MC Fedzilla keeping things moving and connecting the dots.

30 June 2019

NYC Salsa With Grupo Magnético

We team up with Jazz Cafe to present a summer Sunday session dedicated to the colourful world of New York salsa in the company of Grupo Magnético, hailed as one of the most exciting new voices in Latin music.

12 July 2019

Somos Guerreras: Rebeca Lane, Nakury, Audry Funk - London debut!

Founded as a series of workshops, talks and concerts for the empowerment of women in Central American and Mexican hip-hop culture, Somos Guerreras was soon consolidated as a collective of seasoned artists comprised of rappers Rebeca Lane (Guatemala), Nakury (Costa Rica) and Audry Funk (Mexico). From the beginning, the crew has focused on providing spaces of reflection, honing in on the challenges faced by women in hip-hop to find creative solutions and establish new alliances.