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 3rd UK Festival de Orquestas + Herman Olivera (New York) in Concert : 24-25 May

3rd UK Festival de Orquestas + Herman Olivera (New York) in Concert : 24-25 May

This weekend Festival of the Latin Bands Returns to London and welcomes Grammy Award Winning New York artist Herman Olivera, ‘El Sonero del Siglo XXI’

THE TRUE SPIRIT OF LATIN AMERICA comes to life in London as the 3rd UK FESTIVAL DE ORQUESTAS resounds across the capital at Haverstock School, Camden over the Bank Holiday weekend on Saturday 24th - Sunday 25th May 2014.

For the first time, this celebration of some of the best Latin music crews in the UK takes place over two full days during the May Bank Holiday weekend, doubling the scale of the festival first launched in 2012.

On Sunday night, the Festival culminates in a rare concert by New York artist Hermán Olivera, widely regarded as the world’s greatest living Salsa singer. Dubbed 'El Sonero del Siglo XXI', (the Salsa improviser of the 21st century) - by the legendary Latin jazz pianist Eddie Palmeri, Olivera’s unmatched mastery of improvisation crowns him as one of the genre’s last great troubadours. With a career spanning 38 years and over 50 albums with a fistful of Grammy awards, Olivera has fronted some of Salsa’s greatest orchestras and worked with its foremost artists, including Conjunto Libre, Johnny Pacheco, Ray Barretto, Machito, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Jimmy Bosch and Eddie Palmieri’s Orchestra where he’s still their lead singer.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Festival sets off with free salsa lessons from 7.30pm-9.00pm, followed by dance shows and live sets from 9.30pm. At the heart of Festival is the showcase of the bands, as five of the UK’s top music crews face off in the ultimate ‘mano a mano’ conflagration playing an infectious mix of Latin beats: Wil Sifontes & his Latin Sound, Jesus Cutiño & Son de Cuba, Cuban Combination, Orquesta Estelar and Combo Yanze’. Herman Olivera takes centre stage at 11:30pm on Sunday with an exclusive concert showcasing his poetic, seasoned voice, with a rich and deep understanding of Afro Caribbean rhythms.

A Festival for all the family to enjoy, with live music, free salsa lessons, dance showcases as well as late-night parties and a chance to try out authentic Latin American food and classic cocktails all available throughout the Festival.

Event Organisers: Elder Sanchez, originally from Palmira Valle, Colombia, is the founder of the Salsateca Dance School,and has been teaching and promoting salsa for over two decades and Co-organiser and host Leoncio Caicedo, originally from the home of Salsa in Cali, Colombia, who is the director of Ola Latina, a premier UK promoter of live Latin music for almost 20 years.

Guest Star: ‘Hermán’ Olivera - “El Sonero del Siglo XXI”
Born and growing up in New Jersey with Puerto Rican parents, Olivera is considered to be one of the last true soneros – master vocalists of poetic improvisation in the Salsa style.

In a musical career spanning almost four decades and 50 albums garnering Grammy Awards, Herman Olivera has worked with an array of the Salsa greats. Olivera began his career with Manny Oquendo's ground-breaking "Conjunto Libre" in 1978, recording five albums and a string of hits. He went on to work with a roll call of legendary salsa artists and bands: Johnny Pacheco, Ray Barretto, Machito Orchestra, Bobby Rodriguez y La Compañia, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Jimmy Bosch Orchestra and the Eddie Palmieri Orchestra where he is still lead singer after 20 years!

Venue: Haverstock School, 24 Haverstock Hill, Chalk Farm, London NW3 2BQ; Date: May Bank Holiday Weekend, Saturday 24th - Sunday 25th May 2014 Times: 7.30pm – 2.00am both days.

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