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WXPN announced the launch of a three-year Latin Roots Live! series featuring four live performances each year inspired by Latin Roots, the bi-weekly series heard on the syndicated World Cafe radio program. Kicking off the series will be a free performance and live broadcast from Grammy-nominated French-born Chilean artist Ana Tijoux and Andean Latin American folk group Eco Del Sur starting at 8:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 16 at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. Doors open at 7 p.m. Reservations for the free concert on April 16 at World Cafe Live can be made here.
Ana Tijoux or Anita Tijoux, has been steadily building a formidable music profile. Since her debut “1977,” Tijoux has bubbled up from an underground sensation into mainstream recognition. With major features in the hit TV show, Breaking Bad and the soundtrack to the EA Sports’ FIFA video game, “1977” was named one of Radiohead’s Thom Yorke’s favorite tracks of the year. Her latest album,Vengo received nominations from both Grammy and Latin Grammy in 2014.
Locally based group Eco Del Sur (Echoes of the South) consists of Latin American artists from a diverse mixture of backgrounds and musical experiences. Each member has mastered several indigenous and contemporary instruments including pan-pipes and wooden flutes created by Pre-Columbian civilizations and string and percussion instruments introduced to Lain America by Spanish and African cultures.
Two other recently announced performances are part of the Latin Roots Live! series. Austin-based Latin Folk star Gina Chavez will perform at the XPoNential Music Festival on Saturday, July 25. Timbalona featuring Mariano Medina, the duo percussion masters with Venezuelan & Argentinean roots, will perform at noon on Wednesday, May 20 at a Live @Lunch presented by PNC concert at Dilworth Park.
“The goal of Latin Roots Live! is to celebrate, explore, and share the music of Latin Alternative artists with the Philadelphia community and beyond,” said David Dye, host of World Cafe. “Through the music we’ll both serve and illuminate the culture of a growing community. And we are so lucky to have an artist of Ana Tijoux’s status to kick off this series.”
Latin Roots Live! is inspired by the bi-weekly World Cafe radio series Latin Roots in which Dye explores the vast variety of music from Spanish-speaking countries and people, from cumbia, mambo and son to Latin rock, reggaeton, and more. The series airs every other Thursday during the second hour of the World Cafe program.
World Cafe Live is located at 3025 Walnut Street in Philadelphia. Reservations for the free concert on April 16 at World Cafe Live can be made here.