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In association with the Latin Alternative Music Conference.
In Mexico, Morrissey has always been a prophet with honour. His songs of love, loss and longing, with powerful imagery and metaphors have found a huge audience and chimed with generations raised on rancheras and mariachis and their singers who were not afraid to cross the line. Now the love can be returned, with a band made in Mexico City reinventing Morrissey’s songs south of the border. Together they sound like a brass and accordion led combo from the smallest village with the biggest bleeding heart. The first of the gang is Camilo Lara, the force inside Mexican Institute of Sound, who together with Sergio Mendoza (Orkesta Mendoza/Calexico), has put together a team of musical gunslingers from Mexico’s finest bands. Taking us on a journey of love, loss and longing is an incredible team of big hitters from Mexico’s rock and pop world, who immediately said yes to Mexrrissey’s invitation. There is underground legend Chetes (Zurtok) on guitar, Jay De La Cueva (Moderatto /Titán) on bass, Alejandro Flores Café Tacuba’s violin player, Alex Escobar on trumpet (Twin Tones), Ricardo Najera on drums (Furland) and Camilo Lara adding his trademark sampling and electronics. Ceci Bastida (Tijuana No!) plays keyboards. Vocals are shared between four of the band who also add other flavours live from a range of traditional instruments. Viva Mexrrissey – Ven Armaggedon! Part of Year of Mexico in the UK 2015 Produced by La Linea – The London Latin Music Festival in association with the Barbican. UK tour in association with Music Beyond Mainstream.
Los Cafres are one of Latin America’s most iconic reggae bands. Formed in Buenos Aires, the band created their signature sound by combining reggae roots with Spanish-language lyrics. In their 25-year span, Los Cafres have release 13 albums, each one reaching Gold/Platinum status in Argentina. In 2013 they received a Latin Grammy nomination for their CD/DVD “Los Cafres – 25 Años de Música”.
Yaite Ramos, a Cuban musician living in Paris, is the daughter of Jesus “Aguaje” Ramos (musical director of the Buena Vista Social Club Orchestra). Previously a flautist and part of the chorus with Sargento Garcia, she also was the lead singer of El Hijo de la Cumbia live act. Today, she presents the second album of La Dame Blanche – directed by Marc Babylotion Damblé (Sargento Garcia, Amadou & Mariam, Orishas), French Beat Maker – and composed under the artistic direction of Emiliano Gomez, a.k.a El Hijo de la Cumbia, an Argentinian producer renowned for his fusion of Cumbia and urban sounds. The tracks of “2” (to be released in May 2016) are rich in social meaning and claim their roots in the traditions of urban music. Rap, Reggae, and certainly Nu Cumbia are all fertile playgrounds for La Dame Blanche.