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La Linea festival 2016: the line-up

Get stuck in to London’s biggest Latin music festival

Chico Trujillo

La Linea has built an impressive international reputation as one of the world’s most eclectic celebrations of Latin music, bringing a host of top-notch Latin artists to London every April. This year the festival runs from April 17 to 28 and there’s a typically high-quality bill featuring everything from Portuguese fado to Brazilian hip hop. Warning: this music is hot.

Who’s playing La Linea 2016?

Ana Moura

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Until Mon Sep 26

Daymé Arocena

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Until Wed Jul 13

La Yegros

Rooted in traditional cumbia but with a sharp contemporary edge, it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to call La Yegros the Argentinian Amy Winehouse. She jets in from Buenos Aires for her debut UK show tonight.

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Until Fri Apr 22

Criolo

This rapper and singer has risen from a poor upbringing in the São Paolo favelas to become one of the most important new artists in Brazil. Drawing on samba, hip hop and reggae, his switched-on songs tackle the big social problems that you probably won’t see during this summer’s Olympics.

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Until Sun Apr 24

Calexico

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Until Mon Apr 25

Chico Trujillo

South American cumbia isn’t always high-energy music, but in the hands of Chilean nine-piece Chico Trujillo it gets a real kick up the colo. That’s no surprise when you find out they started out as an offshoot of a ska-punk band. Their Camden show for La Linea will be a real brass fiesta.

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Until Wed Apr 27

Adan (Adanowsky) & Xavi Y Los Imanes

Adán Jodorowsky has carved out an idiosyncratic career as a director and musician as well as starring in his dad Alejandro’s bizarre films. He’s joined by regular collaborator Xavi Polycarpe and his band Los Imanes for some singer-songwriterly business to round off La Linea.

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Until Thu Apr 28

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By: Oliver Keens

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