PREVIEW – Quilapayún, Picture House, 19 April


Anyone with more than a passing interest in Latin American music will be familiar with Quilapayún.

Formed in Chile in 1965, the release of their 30th album Absolutamente Quilapayún in January 2013 marked 48 years of unbroken musical activity.

The band — which still contains three of its original members — perform vibrant music on a wide range of instruments, from traditional Chilean strings and flutes, to modern guitars and synthesisers. Forced into exile due to political upheaval in their home country, their music has a proud and important history: as well as a unique and world-renowned Latin American flavour which has contributed to their long-lasting success.

The gig at the Picture House offers a rare opportunity to see Quilapayún live in Scotland, where they last played 20 years ago.

Facilitated by Edinburgh based Chilean singer Valentina Montoya Martinez, whose band Voces del Sur will be supporting on the night, the gig promises to be an evening filled with the rhythms, passion and spirit of some of the finest Latin American music being performed today.

Quilapayún and Voces del Sur play the Picture House on Lothian Road on 19 April. Tickets are available online.

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