Those of you in town looking for an international Austin music experience tonight might want to turn your heads towards Flamingo Cantina. Two of Austin’s most diverse Latin artists and a local Afropop group will kick off the South By Southwest interactive weekend with a certain flare only found at Flamingo Cantina. Trust us, we outta know.
Austin-based Kiko Y La Banda open the showcase at 9:30 p.m. Lead by Colombian-American musician Kiko Villamizar, a talented vocalist and a multi-instrumentalist, the group’s music is a fusion of Latin jazz, Afro-Colombian and reggae.Villamizar is also the curator of Austin’s best Latin jam sessions.
Bamako Airlines is an Afropop group fronted by Meera Chandy, a trained vocalist in Indian classical music. Composed of eight veteran musicians with backgrounds in a variety of genres, the group performs original songs and music from various regions in Africa. The group caught our attention at the old World Music Night showcases at Momo’s and have played with some of our Latin favorites ever since.Bamako Airlines perform at 11 p.m.
Closing the night out are Austin-based Cubanas, Krudas Cubensi. Composed of Olivia Prendes and Odaymara Cuesta (Pasa Kruda), the Cuban born rap artists have been bringing Latina revolution style hip hop to the world since 1997. Krudas Cubensi perform at 12:30 a.m.
Flamingo Cantina is located at 515 E. 6th Street. Doors open at 9 p.m. 21+ are welcome. Cover is $5.