Fri, September 18th

WMI presents Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca w/ Isabel Novella (as part of Lusophone Festival)

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Doors 10PM
Show 11PM
Advance Price $30
Door Price $30

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Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca w/ Isabel Novella

“One of the most potent musical marriages imaginable,
the Cuban son with the African soukous.”
—The Boston Globe on Makina Loca

Raised in The Democratic Republic of the Congo (known as Zaire at the time) with Angolan family roots, Ricardo Lemvo came to the U.S. in the 1980s, where he formed Makina Loca. The group's “seamless, organic and infectious” (Los Angeles Times) blend of Cuban and African rumba and soukous, Angolan kizomba and samba, and Cuban son and salsa has garnered them critical acclaim in the decades since. “Ricardo Lemvo blends Cuba, Congo into one soulful package,” wrote The Chicago Tribune, calling him “one of the few artists in tropical music today who is moving the genre forward." La Rumba SoYo, the new album from Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca, is a multinational undertaking that was recorded on three continents and in four countries (US, Canada, France and Angola). It took Lemvo three years to complete and sees him diving even deeper into his Angolan roots for inspiration.

Opening the concert will be Isabel Novella, a stunning new Afropolitan voice from Mozambique. Unique in style and performance, Novella has carved her own niche as an artist who straddles soul-bossa jazz, marrabenta-bossa, and up beat Afro-soul to create a sound that Novella calls “pop-world soul.”

This concert is a part of World Music Institute’s Lusophone Festival, a cross-cultural festival of artists from the Portuguese-speaking world.