Horizons Stage (Special Focus)
Family Atlantica re-unite rhythms and motifs that have ebbed and flowed back and forth across the Atlantic ocean over the centuries, weaving together disparate styles with a common African ancestry. They draw from Cuban rumba, Nigerian afrobeat, Venezuelan tambor and tonada, Ghanaian high-life, Ethiopian blues and North African gnawa and infuse them with psychedelia and spiritual jazz. The band's nucleus consists of three people from three different continents: London-born band leader, producer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist and instrument builder, Jack Yglesias; traditional Venezuelan musician, poet and singer Luzmira Zerpa and Nigerian/Ghanaian percussionist, Kwame 'Natural Power' Crentsil. Their debut album released in February this year features collaborations with Ethiopian legend Mulatu Astatke, Senegalese gnawa master Nuru Kane, and Havana's finest rumba collective Yoruba Andabo. Family Atlantica is a multi-national rhythm machine, constructed in London.