Should you stay or should you go?

The Clash get the tropical treatment at Spanish Bombs at the Phil.

It’s London Calling, in every sense, next weekend when La Linea, the London Latin Music Festival, casts its castanets in the direction of Liverpool; fresh from Barcelona, via the The Barbican.

And with it, two outstanding shows for the Phil. Spanish Bombs – Tropical Tribute to The Clash and Ojos de Brujo.

Wait a minute: A Spanish tribute to The Clash? Sounds like fun, sounds a bit different. But don’t forget that The Clash’s epic Sandinista! album, inspired many Latin musicians along the way. And there was nothing local about Joe Strummer’s long missed world music vocal either.

Time Out has called La Linea one of the world’s most eclectic celebrations of Latin music and with a whole heap of Iberian and Mediterranean flavoured happenings around Liverpool at the moment (even Shirley Valentine is back next week) there really is no better time to take the bull by the horns, put a rose between your teeth, chomp on an olive and Rock the Casbah.

It’s a two-nighter, La Linea, and the first, Friday |May 1, sees Ojos de Brujo on the bill. The Barcelona-based collective mix dub, hip hop, and flamenco to modern-sounding drum licks and bass lines and have been described by NME as “one of the most strikingly original bands of the new millennia. There is no one quite like them”.

But back to Spanish Bombs on Saturday May 2, which sees a stunning array of names from the Latin music world take part, with more to be announced, and all assembled by music producer Toy Hernández who has worked with Shakira, Eminem and Cypress Hill.

There’s Tex/Mex-inspired rocker Alejandro Escovedo, last seen in a myspace clip ten minutes ago with Bruce Springsteen, (and the Boss was playing one of Escovedo’s songs).

Escovedo’s musical and geographical journeys have taken in punk rock, country and string quintets and he was crowned Musician Of The Year and Songwriter Of The Year at the annual Austin Music Awards at this year’s SXSW festival.

Also up is Amparo Sanchez of Amparanoia, winner of a BBC Radio 3 Award for World Music in 2005, plus Blanquito Man King Chango; Jonaz of Mexico’s electronic funsters Plastilina Mosh; Bruno Garcia and the Cuban crew from France’s mighty Sergent Garcia Moyenei.

Anyway, with aftershow parties both nights al El Rincon Latino in Oldham Street, it’s Mardi Gras come late this year in Liverpool, so make sure you enjoy it to the early hours.

*Ojos de Brujo
Friday 1 May 2009 7.30pm
£16.50, £21.50

*Spanish Bombs – A Tropical Tribute to The Clash
Saturday 2 May 7.30pm
£20, £25.

*Festival pass – £30

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~ by plastilinamosh on April 22, 2009.

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