After the sell out success of the first edition of Viva Colombia, we team up with Latinos In London and Movimientos again to celebrate the golden era sounds of Colombia on the country’s Independence Day.
From the classic Discos Fuentes 70s/80s era to carnival sounds, we’ll be transporting you from the bustling musical hubs of Bogota and Medellin to the Caribbean coast, Barranquilla’s Carnival vibes, Cartagena and Valledupar with the feeling of Cumbia and Vallenato parrandas, the Cali salsa style and Afro-Latin rhythms from some of the finest Colombian musicians around in the shape of Elpidio & Su Alegria Latina and Ensemble Criollo led by virtuoso harpist Diego Laverde and master percussionist Wilmer Sifontes.
A renowned colombian performer with the UK’s top Latin bands for the last 20 years, Elpidio now explodes onto the salsa scene with his own band. Mixing together a rich lifetime of Latin flavour, taking the swing from his hometown of Buenaventura, Colombia, and the rhythm of Cali, Colombia – ‘the capital of salsa’ – the tradition of Cuba and the style of New York. Elpidio with his band delivers his own blend of infectious happiness to the dance floor.
Led by Diego Laverde and Wilmer Sifontes, Ensemble Criollo play the joropo/llanera music of western Venezuela and eastern Colombia which features the Latin American harp a popular folk instrument named after Los Llanos, a lowland area between Colombia and Venezuela, and it has a fascinating history. Joropo music is undoubtedly the most authentic and representative of the Colombian Savannah.