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Carnaval del Pueblo - London's Latin Carnival

28/06/2004, By Patrick Raleigh

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Many readers will have heard of the famous Notting Hill Carnival, which always takes place on the last weekend in August over the Bank Holiday Weekend on the Sunday and Monday; however, that is merely one of the many free festivals that take place in London these days.

Less well-known, but now extremely well attended, with 100,000 people expected this year, is the ‘Carnaval del Pueblo’, London's Latin Carnival, that is taking place for its 6th year in Elephant & Castle on August 15th. Last year's event was an enormous success, which, according to Southwark Council statistics, attracted an audience of more than 70,000 people.

The Carnaval del Pueblo will commence with an exotic and colourful float procession making its way through the streets of south London towards Burgess Park. This display of vibrant costumes and dances is inspired on the famous carnivals of Rio de Janeiro, Colombia, Bolivia and El Salvador.

The provisional programme includes.

Sergio Vargas: Primarily a merengue singer, but has also earned acclaim for his ability to sing other forms of Tropical music, including ballads. He was born in the Dominican Republic and started his carer back in 1980. In 1986 he formed his band "Los Hijos del Rey" and by 1988 he had become a major star in Latin America. From here he has gone to become on of the leading Merengue artists in the world conquering the USA and Europe. His most famous hits include: "La Quiero a morir", "Corazón de Piedra", "Tu y Yo" amongst others

Los Diablitos del Vallenato: The Diablitos del Vallenato are one of Colombia's musical groups, with greater recognition at international level. This group was established 19 years ago by Omar Geles, who began his musical carer at the age of 5, when he first came across an accordion, which he learnt to play on his own.

The Diablitos del Vallenato continue on their way towards internationalization and the opening of new markets in where their unquestionable style of music and songs occupy the first places of the popularity lists. In the past 5 years this group has obtained eight gold records, three platinum discs and a double platinum. Their hits incluye "Los caminos de la vida", "Busca un confidente", "No voy a llorar", "Que no me faltes tú" to mention but a few.

Mauricio y Palodeagua: His music style named Caribbean Fusion, is a mix of reggae, calypso, rock and pop. This exciting rhythm of music has helped this artist to become one of the most important revelations of Colombia.

Paulihno da Viola: Throughout his career he has won several awards and performed in several cities in Brazil and around the world. He has become one of the main samba singers in the country. However Paulinho's work today is seen as a link among several popular traditions as is "samba", the carnival and the "choro", beside his scores for guitar and vanguard pieces. He has therefore become one of the greatest representatives of the rhythms of Samba around the world.

Asere: A group of young Cuban musicians follow in the footsteps of the forefathers of the Cuban Son. From traditional Son and Guaguancó to Salsa and contemporary ballad, With inventive song writing and soulful groove, these musicians are building a fresh sound for a new generation, Renowned for their powerful live show and infectious energy, the Asere experience is an inspiring one.

Super Pakito Chac: This Guanaco Rock group was established in 1995. They started writing their own lyrics, that would reflect the social rebuild after the civil conflict that El Salvador lived during 12 years, and the everyday experiences of the young generation living in post war time. They identify themselves with the humanistic and socialistic visions, on which they have based their songs.

There will also be another 4 stages with shows from Brazil, Central America and Mexico and the Andean countries.

This exhilarating event is of FREE admission to the public and will take place on: Sunday 15th of August 2004, between 11am to 10pm in Burgess Park, Camberwell (SE5). More information is available from their Website.

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