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THE 15th LONDON AFRICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL presents
Friday 22 September
All orders will be subject to a fee of £1.50 except if your tickets are free or if you are a member
In a nutshell
Virtuoso violinist Omar Puente and his band play from his new album, Best Foot Forward
Cuban virtuoso violinist Omar Puente and his band play from their latest album. A mixture of complex and infectious rhythms and original melodies, performed by a multinational sextet, making for an explosive night of music.
What to Expect
A mixture of Afro Cuban, Latin, jazz and urban grooves.
Puente was first violin with the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, and toured with Buena Vista’s Ruben Gonzales. He has played all over Europe, Middle and Far East, the USA and Africa. In England he has supported Tito Puente, Ibraham Ferrer and Omara Portundo. He has been involved with a number of high profile projects such as Winston Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra at the Barbican Centre, with the Simon Bolivar Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, with Nigel Kennedy at 606 Jazz Club, with Eddie Palmieri at Queen Elizabeth Hall, and with several members of the Buena Vista Social Club.
What people are saying
‘Omar Puente’s contribution to 20th and 21st century violin playing has now become legendary. His generous nature, his commitment to good music, his enjoyment of life and his respect for his colleagues are all characteristics which make him a true violin great’ – Nigel Kennedy
‘An impressive solo debut, ambitious in scope and featuring some great playing from a star studded line up.’ – The Jazz Man ★★★★
‘It's a fiery and exuberant set, touching on Africa, Cuba and England as it progresses.’ – All About Jazz
Things you should know
For ages 16+
This event is wheelchair accessible.