May’s show was their first in the UK for 2 years having taken time out while singer Marina had her first child, which in turn influenced their approach to the recording of their latest, much praised CD, Aocaná.
“It sounds like the entire world is Ojos de Brujo’s dancefloor” Metro
Top of the World. Songlines *****
“… Ojos de Brujo have taken up where they left off, with even more panache and enthusiasm”. The Guardian ****
“… OdB still lead the way…” The Times ****
One of the reasons that OdB are the most visible and successful of Barcelona’s acclaimed mestizo (fusion) scene is that they embody it; taking the sound and look of Barcelona’s more culturally mixed neighbourhoods and bringing them to life courtesy of their own great musicianship and spicing the whole mix with acute social commentary, vividly presented on a bed of cajon, tabla,and sabor-filled flamenco guitars, with a tasty side order of scratchismo, but never forgetting that they have an audience to entertain, which they do with gusto: the live show featuring projections, live flamenco dancers and 10 or more musicians.
Ojos de Brujo (Wizard’s Eyes) have appeared at Glastonbury, The Big Chill, Womad and Lovebox; won a BBC Radio 3 Award for World Music, a Latin Grammy for Techari and appeared on Later with Jools Holland.
OdB will be joined on this tour by La Troba Kung-Fú who return after making their UK debut at this year’s La Linea festival and are another fine example of the remarkable musical mixing that continues to emerge from the barrios of Barcelona. They are led by singer and accordionist Joan Garriga, heavily influenced by Colombian Cumbia, seasoned by rock and reggae and deliver a manic and electrifying live show.
A night out with musical magpies who between them bring the heat and high spirits of Barcelona with influences from Colombia, India, Cuba and beyond which will no doubt be especially welcome as the evenings draw in.
NOVEMBER 21st – Gateshead – The Sage Gateshead – St. Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE8 2JR. 7.30. £16.50; seniors £14.50; students, under 19s and unemployed £8.25. 0191 443 4661 – www.thesagegateshead.org
NOVEMBER 22nd – Bristol – Colston Hall, Colston Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR. 8pm. £18. 0117 922 3686 – www.colstonhall.org
NOVEMBER 27th – Coventry – Arts Centre -University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL. 8pm – £18.50/£16.50 – 024 7652 4524 www.warwickartscentre.co.uk
NOVEMBER 28th – Basingstoke – Anvil Arts, Churchill Way, Basingstoke, RG21 7QR. 7.45pm. £17.50; students and under 16s £9. 01256 844244 – www.anvilarts.org.uk
NOVEMBER 29th – Brighton – Dome Concert Hall, 29 New Road, Brighton, BN1 1UG. 7.30pm. £17.50 (£15 concs)/£15. 01273 709 709 www.brightondome.org
NOVEMBER 30th – Edinburgh – Usher Hall, Lothian Rd, Edinburgh, EH1. 8pm – £18.50/£14.50. Concs £2 off. Wheelchair users £12.50. 0131 228 1155 – www.usherhall.co.uk
DECEMBER 1st – Leicester – De Montford Hall, Granville Rd, Leicester LE1 7RU. 7.30pm £15/£12 – 0116 233 3111 – www.demontforthall.co.uk