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?
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.
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.
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.