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La Linea, London’s Latin Music Festival returns.

On its 16th year, La Linea Festival, has become a highlight for Latin Music lovers throughout the UK. Bringing Latin America’s cutting edge musicians to the capital from every corner and genre you can think of.

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This year, the festival partners up with Cuba’s Manana to bring a night of electronic mayhem to Pickle Factory in Dalston with Iranian-Cuban duo Ariwo. Then the festival takes a turn with a sold out show by Portugal’s finest singer Ana Moura followed by Gilles Peterson golden girl and the voice of young Cuban jazz: Dayme Arocena.

#WahacaMusic lovers will particularly enjoy nu-cumbia maestra La Yegros from Argentina on her London debut with Spain’s Gizmo Varillas opening the night and Chile’s finest cumbia big band Chico Trujillo hitting Camden’s Electric Ballroom.

Hip hop is represented by Brazil’s most renowned urban poet Criolo, who will also take to the UK on tour and Portugal’s Baloji supporting the night at Koko.

And last but not least, US-Mexican favourites Calexico return to La Linea for a very special show at the Barbican Centre and to close La Linea we welcome Mexican-French-Chilean Adanowsky with his new project Adan & Xavi y los Imanes.

Fancy winning tickets and festival goodies? head to instagram.com/wahaca to enter.

For tickets and information, head to www.lalineafestival.com

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Come and salsa with us at Wahaca Brixton’s birthday fiesta

Our funky Brixton restaurant is UNO this Friday, one year old that’s right… So put on your dancing shoes, and join us this Friday 16th of October.

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Come grab some food and stay to enjoy DJ Marcello aka Salsa Fresca, who from 8pm until 2am, will be keeping the party going with the best Latin and party tunes this side of the river. #WahacaMusic

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#WahacaMusic July goes to Kentish Town

Our newest Wahaca, as we write…in Kentish Town, has a strong and rock music legacy, and not just for being in Camden, but also because it was right here where legendary punk and rock t-shirts were printed by Fifth Column:

 

 

This month, we’ve been inspired by Kentish and have injected plenty of Latin rock to our playlist. From quirky covers of Ian Dury and the Blockheads by Argentinean funk all-stars Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Blondie’s Hanging on the Telephone by Puerto Rico’s Davila 666 and Cheap Trick’s I want you to want me by no less than Gael Garcia Bernal taken from the Rudo y Cursi film, this playlist is set to give you the perfect intro into Latin rock inspired by so many British Bands.

 

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Gael Garvia Bernal playing Tato Bermudez on Rudo y Cursi

 

Don’t forget we are throwing the biggest Day of the Dead Festival the UK has ever seen with the most incredible music from both Mexico and the UK, to find out more click here.

Want to find out more? check your Wahaca app when you pop in to discover what’s playing and suggest a track on twitter with the hashtag #wahacamusic

 

Wahaca’s top tunes this May

After a heavenly April of La Linea Festival’s all-star line up that brought us Jorge Drexler, Plaza Francia and Mexrrissey, we just found out that David Byrne is curating Meltdown and cannot stop listening to Hot Chip’s version of Atomic Bomb.

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Other musical discoveries include the electro-tropical kings Salon Acapulco, Dominican Republic’s Alex Ferreira and Argentina cumbia chick Paloma del Cerro as well as our fave Caloncho‘s project Aballoon.

We also took a little trip down south and came back with a little Nicky Jam and J Balvin for all of you who like some Latin chart topping hits, they are hot hot hot…

Want to find out more? check your Wahaca app when you pop in to discover what’s playing and suggest a track on twitter with the hashtag #wahacamusic

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Win a Golden Ticket for Four Mexican shows at La Linea – The London Latin Music Festival

Are you ready for Mexico’s finest musicians and DJ’s taking over London next week as part of La Linea, London’s Latin Music Festival? Alongside Grammy winners Jorge Drexler and hip-hop Chilean sensation Ana Tijoux, there are some huge shows coming up.

Thursday 23rd of April: Morgan Szymanski  & Alejandro Escuer at the Purcell Room, Southbank Centre. A fine evening of contemporary music showcasing masterpieces of British and Mexican composers.

Friday 24th of April: Mextronica: Featuring Compass (Mexican Institute of Sound & Toy Selectah), Chico Sonido, Santos DJ, Lao at Village Underground. An all-nighter of Mexico’s thriving and exciting electronic music scene with super star DJ’s and Compass live.

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Saturday 25th of April: Mexrrissey, Mexico goes Morrissey at the Barbican. The music of Morrissey and the Smiths gets a Mexican twist before embarking on a UK and US tour spreading the #mexmoz love.

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Sunday 26th of April: Mexacoustico at Rich Mix. An intimate evening with some of Mexico’s young leading musicians and songwriters playing from their own songbooks.

 

Would you like to be in a chance of winning a pair of tickets to each show? Just tweet us your favourite Latin tune tagging @wahaca and @lalineafest with the hashtag #wahacamusic and we will pick a winner at random on at midday on Tuesday 21st of April.

Top tunes we are showcasing at Wahaca this month

Ever wondered how we choose the Latin-inspired funky playlist for our restaurants?

We love music at Wahaca and we are always checking out new Mexican talent as well as Latin beats from around the world. That’s why we decided to bring you our Top 5 each month with our brand new playlist for your listening pleasure with some added tracks.

Our top 5 this month includes tracks from Mexican amazonic cumbia sensations Sonido Gallo Negro, Tex-Mex indie rockers Calexico and the brand new electronic Mexican collaboration between IMS & Toy Selectah: Compass, who are set to come to London next month as part of La Linea Festival.

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TOP TIP: if you want to know what tune is playing when you visit your favourite Wahaca, simply tap on your Wahaca app and at the bottom, you will get the very track that is on, right then, better than Shazaming, magic courtesy of Open Ear Music.

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 Do you have songs to suggest? Just use the hashtag #wahacamusic on Twitter.

Wahaca presents Day of the Dead at the Old Vic Tunnels

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Wahaca presents Day of the Dead at the Old Vic Tunnels

=== JOIN US FOR 2014’s DAY OF THE DEAD CELEBRATIONS IN BRIXTON ====

Lots of you will know we’ve been celebrating Day of the Dead in our restaurants since we opened. We love this amazingly emotive and visual festival celebrating the lives of relatives and friends who are no longer around and thought that it was right to make the party bigger. Much, much bigger. So we’re putting on a 4 day festival from 31st October – 3rd November. Together with our friends at The Old Vic Tunnels and with support from The Embassy of Mexico in the UK and Nomad, we’re taking over a maze of railway vaults hidden underneath Waterloo Station and creating a celebration of music, food and art. This year’s Wilderness Festival headliners, Rodrigo y Gabriella will be kicking off their European tour with these 4 nights, blasting out some phenomenal new tracks alongside work by a host of acclaimed artists from Gabriella Iturbide, to Le Gun and Hew Locke. There’s going to be a live score composed by the Cabinet of Living Cinema to run alongside Alejandro Jodorowsky’s classic film Santa Sangre, just waiting to be discovered too.

Rodrigo y Gabriella are starting their European tour with us for Day of the Dead

There will be food on offer from a specially constructed Wahaca Street Kitchen serving up mouth-watering pork pibil and seasonal veg tacos and there will be drink courtesy of award-winning tequila Olmeca Altos, all fuelling what promises to be a series of unforgettable nights. Exploring the tunnels further you’ll find other stages playing host to more music and performance including a set from London based bands ‘Vado in Messico’ and ‘Keston Cobblers Club’ and a show from visual artists Frida Alvinzi and Raisa Veikkola’s ‘Theatre of Dolls’, an other-worldly visual experience using 4-dimensional art pieces, puppets as storytellers and their own bodies as sculptural landscapes. You might also stumble across a new collection of Nancy Fouts’ three-dimensional works that she’s created especially for the Day of the Dead Festival that poke fun at the contemporary western concept of death. Communion DJs will be adding to the soundtrack of the night. You can buy tickets now from oldvictunnels.com or by calling the box office on 0844 871 7628. Tickets include wahaca food from our festival’s temporary street kitchen as well as entry to the funtimes which run from 7pm – 1am each night. All profits from the event will be going to charity. Saturday daytime entrance at £5 (2pm – 6pm) offers an opportunity to view the exciting visual artists on show and enjoy screenings of the Alejandro Jodorowsky classic film Santa Sangre with The Cabinet of Living Cinema performing a matinee live score. We’ll look forward to seeing you down there.

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La Linea latin music festival starts today!

When it comes to music, nothing get’s us moving quite like those Latino beats, and so we’re shaking our behinds with excitement at the thought that the La Linea latin music festival in back in London from today until the end of the month. In its tenth year La Linea is funkier, punkier, rootsier and spunkier than ever. It’s all about what Latin Music can be, has been and very much is.

To give you a taster of what’s on offer, let us tell you that Kid Creole & The Coconuts at the Barbican promises to be as much fun as you can have with your clothes on with their incomparable back catalogue and hyperactive technicolour show . Viva El Mariachi, also at the Barbican, will be an evening of high Latino passion, cathartic sobbing into your cerveza and surprise guests, all dedicated to the cause of mariachi. Salsa Celtica, with fine musicians from north of the border and south of the equator, bring their fiddles, whistles and bongos to the South Bank. Mexican guitarist Morgan Syzmanski’s invigorating Machaca returns to La Linea with some world premieres and a repertoire ranging from Villa-Lobos to Piazzolla; and Tango Siempre do their thing with special guest Gotan Project’s virtuoso Bandoneon player, Victor Villena. Barcelona’s Amparo Sanchez first appeared at La Linea leading her band Amparanoia and most recently as part of Spanish Bombs. Here she showcases her new project, Tucson Havana, on which she collaborated with Calexico. Kevin Johansen played La Linea previously as support, this time he’s headlining his own Jazz Café show alongside a mouth-accordion playing newspaper cartoonist with an overhead projector as La Linea once again proves that there’s more to Latin music than maracas and salsa dance classes.

To fine out more about it, and book your tickets for some of the best Latino music on the planet today, visit their site here.

And if you’re lucky enough to be going along, please let us know all about it by dropping in with a reply below.

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The Hot 8 Brass Band

We got an email the other day from someone called Emma, who said something along the lines of:

“I visited Wahaca the other day and heard a great re-mix of Marvin Gaye’s Sexual Healing with lots of trumpets. I completely forgot to ask the waiter the musicians, can you let me know?”

Yes indeed. This is one of my favourites (hence why we play it quite a lot at the moment!) They are called the Hot 8 Brass Band… here they are on YouTube playing the song:

If you have any songs you think we should be playing please let us know by leaving a comment below.

Many thanks Emma for getting in touch.

Mark