The World Ceilidh 2016 is set to be an incredible weekend with a hotly anticipated performance from Family Atlantica – a band with an exuberant, uplifting sound, influenced by the broad range of cultures that surrounded them when starting out in East London. The band features the powerful vocals and poetry of Venezuelan native Luzmira Zerpa, as well as innovative percussion from Kwame Crentsil, an artist of Nigerian and Ghanian descent. We caught up with London born Jack Yglesias, band leader, producer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist and instrument builder, for a quick chat before the transcontinental ensemble’s appearance on the Bo-Airigh Stage at Knockengorroch 2016:
Hi Jack – can you tell us about Family Atlantica and your musical style?
We are an award winning multi-national band based in London, having just released our second album COSMIC UNITY on Soundway Records. We explore our shared history of Atlantic musical styles, mixing, re-inventing and creating our own unique modern sound.
How has 2016 been for Family Atlantica so far?
Amazing, we have been on tour in India playing to thousands. We’ve also been in Ghana shooting a music video for our song Cacao (which is just about to come out – watch out for that!) and now we have a very busy summer touring all over Europe promoting our new album.
What are you looking forward to about playing Knockengorroch?
We love the raw, ritualistic energy of the festival – and I’m sure we are going to tap into the Scottish Pagan vibe!
The dress up theme of the festival this year is that of journey and migration. Does this theme tie into the music of Family Atlantica?
The theme of journeying is absolutely perfect for us – this is a band that only exists because of the history of slavery and migration. They are two things that are still very present in this world and are subjects that we sing about in our music.
Will Family Atlantica be going on any important journeys this year?
It looks like we will be on tour in Colombia later in the year, which is very exciting as this will be our first show in Latin America.
Which other acts are you looking forward to catching during the festival?
We are old friends with The Turbans and we love their music – we can’t wait to see their show and have a jam afterwards!
To catch Family Atlantica and the all the other incredible acts performing at the World Ceilidh 2016, you can buy tickets here: www.knockengorroch.org.uk/tickets