Family Atlantica

At the heart of FAMILY ATLANTICA are three people from three different continents: London born JACK YGLESIAS, band leader, producer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist, a veteran of The Heliocentrics and live Quantic bands. His wife LUZMIRA ZERPA, traditional Venezuelan musician, poet and singer with the magical voice acclaimed by MANU CHAO, and half Nigerian-half Ghanaian KWAME 'NATURAL POWER' CRENTSIL, master percussionist and dancer and son of Daniel Korangteng Crentsil, percussionist of Fela Kuti's Africa 70. They lead a multi-national band of London's finest musicians from around the Atlantic region.

The FAMILY ATLANTICA album release on SOUNDWAY RECORDS features collaborations with the father of Ethiopian jazz MULATU ASTATKE and Cuban rumba legends YORUBA ANDABO. The album received enormous support from DJ and tastemaker Giles Peterson who called it “a really great record!” and it earned 4 and 5 star review in the mainstream press including The Guardian, The Independent, Songlines Magazine, Le Monde and Les Inrocks.

Family Atlantica's intense live show has conquered many festival stages across Europe, including WOMEX, WOMAD, PALEO, RIO LOCO, ART ROCK, BABEL MED and most recently as the support act for BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB's final UK tour, including London's famous ROYAL ALBERT HALL.

"A really great record!"
Giles Peterson 

Giles Peterson selection, Hot for 2013, Best Albums 2013

**** The Guardian
"Flamboyant and Powerful" 
"London's musical melting pot at its very best" 
Robin Denslow, The Guardian




**** The Standard 
"London's hottest new band!"
 Jane Cornwall, The London Evening Standard


***** Songlines Magazine 
Winner Best Newcomer Award 2014


"Tidal wave after Tidal wave of Afro-Latin Grooves" 
Russ Slater, Songlines Magazine

Official Womex Selection 2013


"Beautiful!"
 Mulatu Astatke


"Este suena por todos la'os!"
 Barbaito Torres, Buena Vista Social Club



"A timeless record"
 Miles Cleret, Soundway Records


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