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African Cultural Events

Published on 29-06-2017

African Cultural Events

For those who live in London and want to explore its rich calendar of events covering influences from all over the world, we continue with our series of posts listing important dates for your calendar!

African music festivals in UK during summer 2017

Published on 20-06-2017

The best African music festivals in UK during summer 2017

The UK is a country famous for its love for music. Despite the reliably unpredictable weather, the British summer is the time for festivals. And when it comes to festivals, England makes the most of its modern multicultural self, made up of immigrants from all over the world.

Latin American events this summer in London

Published on 07-06-2017

6 Unmissable Latin American events this summer in London

The Latin American community is a strong one in London - it is estimated that around 115,000 of the city’s residents have origins in countries like Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina, Chile, Peru. The beauty of London is that it’s a melting pot of different communities, each with its own flavours and traditions - and those from South America are particularly colourful and vibrant ones. Unsurprisingly, Latin Americans of London love celebrating their roots, be it with music, food or other cultural events. Lots of happenings are planned for the coming spring and summer weeks, and here is our pick of the best.

Published on 25-08-2016

Influences of Latin Music

Latin America covers a vast territory that stretches from the northern border of Mexico to the southern tip of South America, including the Caribbean. It is an enormous region with a wide diversity of cultures where you would be able to stay dancing until the end of the days, as it has sprouted several music styles that are nowadays hitting hard in discos all around the world.

Samba and Bossa Nova are the most typical genres of Brazil; Salsa, Merengue and Reggaeton were created throughout the Caribbean; Cumbia comes from Colombia, and Tango was born in Argentina… Such a rich diversity of genres, but still we can find common roots amongst these styles if we take a view at their history.

First, we have to point out that many of the Pre-Columbine cultures (like the Mayas) reached a high development of music by producing all kind of wind and percussion instruments. And despite the ages passed, its influence can still be noticed in some of the more traditional Latin music genres such as the Andean Music, commonly known by its flute sounds.