Right on top of Ronnie Scott’s, London’s legendary jazz club, is Ronnie’s Bar. You climb a dark set of stairs, and then the door opens to a well-kept secret: London’s live Latin music scene. Here, every Friday night, “Viva La Revolucion” celebrates the Latin spirit.
Latin fever hasn’t passed London by: Salsa classes have been popping up all over town in recent years, and throughout the city, Latin-American restaurants offer atmosphere as well as unique cuisine.
The Latin American expat community in London may not be as large as the ones in the U.S. or Spain, but it as vibrant. Touring Latin music bands often jam with the resident musicians at Ronnie’s. And since the United-States embargo on Cuba does not apply here, Cuban musicians visit London frequently.
Yet it isn’t only traditional Latin music: Just around the corner, at Floridita and Bar Salsa, Latin bands mix traditional music with contemporary reggaeton. For the London Latin community, these venues are a home away from home, but the sounds are there for us all to enjoy.
–Courtesy of NBC News