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Rebecca Wilson

Riffy synth-pop band Armenia opens its inbox to fans and launches new remixes EP

 Colombian indie band Armenia have been super active in the ‘cuarentena total’: the single “Ay, Corazón (Silencio)” was released on March 27, they’ve curated a quarantine playlist on Spotify, they’ve opened their inbox to fans and are set to launch an EP of remixes next month. Rebecca Wilson catches up with band leader, lead singer […]

Un descanso poderoso: new BristoLatino lockdown mix

“Nos sembraron miedo, nos crecieron alas” — They sowed fear in us and we grew wings. Vivir Quintana ft. El Palomar, from ‘Canción Sin Miedo’   Un descanso poderoso is a powerful mix of percussive tropical pop and electronic sounds, folk resistance and twisted traditional tunes from Latin America and the diaspora, aimed at gifting […]

‘Monos’ Film Review: A Chilling Colombian Tale of Conflict

Colombia continues its wave of outstanding film productions (Embrace of the Serpent, Birds of Passage) with Alejandro Landes’ MONOS, winner of the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award at Sundance 2019 and Best Film at London Film Festival. BristoLatino’s Rebecca Wilson reports.   Monos sends shockwaves. It’s a film to revel in on the screen […]

Sexuality and sisterhood in CASA Festival’s LADYLIKE

CASA festival, London’s festival of Latin American Arts, opened last Tuesday at Dalston’s Arcola Theatre with Ella Mesma company’s dance show ‘LADYLIKE’, and Brazilian theatre piece ‘Unfamiliar’, both followed by the all-female mariachi band, Las Adelitas. The dance performance explored sisterhood, softness, sanity and sexuality through a range of different dance styles, Latin music, and theatre. […]

Latin American Women in the music industry at London’s FLAWA festival

FLAWA festival seeks to promote the visibility of Latin American women in the UK arts scene and beyond. Last week at FLAWA’s panel discussion, the spotlight was on women in the music industry. BristoLatino’s Rebecca Wilson reports. Female Latin American musicians are underrepresented in the UK. This was the first statement made at FLAWA‘s Women in Music […]

Niña Errante (Wandering Girl) to open Cartagena’s FICCI film festival

After winning the Golden Wolf for Best Film at its world premiere in Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Rubén Mendoza’s 2018 feature, Niña Errante (Wandering Girl) will open FICCI, Colombia’s international film festival in historic Cartagena de Indias tomorrow. Here’s what to expect from the Colombian director and what other treats to keep an eye […]

Soma Difusa, ecomuralist?

Laura Ortiz is an illustrator, graphic artist and muralist painting Colombian (and universal) values onto community walls. Under the spray-name Soma Difusa, she works with a range of artists around the country and more recently, around the world. BristoLatino’s Rebecca Wilson caught up with her via email.   Can you explain your alias, Soma Difusa, […]

Why handpoke tattoos? A short convo with Daniel Dobleu

‘Daniel Dobleu’ is an artist from Bogotá, specialising in graphic design and branding, mural painting and writing fantastic book titles. He is now a skilled handpoke tattoo artist, going by the alias sebra.handpoke. BristoLatino‘s Rebecca Wilson spoke to Daniel about his new work in handpoked tattoos.   BL: Tell us a bit about your artistic journey […]

‘This is Peru’ screening of six short films shows the many facets of Peruvian life

Rebecca wilson reports on This is Peru, Bush House’s screening of six award-winning Peruvian short films. Patricio Guzmán, one of Latin America’s most famous documentalists once said, “un país sin cine documental es como una familia sin álbum de fotografías” — “A country without documentary film is like a family with no photo albums”. This […]