One of the biggest Latin music events in Australia is coming in October. With four weeks of musical talent and band performances, Clave Contra Clave (CCC) is the only national live Latin bands competition. In its second year, this event will celebrate and highlight the diversity and tradition of South American Latin cultures by showcasing Latin bands from Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane in a competition that provides great exposure for the artists in Australia.
The event is organised by Gift Abroad Qld, an organization offering support and services to Latin-American migrants in Australia, which is also promising 4 concerts of high quality and importance for artists and public in general.
The Clave Contra Clave Heats will take off in Brisbane, on Saturday 6th of October; and will continue in Melbourne on the 13th, followed by Sydney on the 20th. Over these three weekends, a total of 16 bands will entertain, compete and play to the rhythm of Salsa, Vallenato, Cumbia, Rumba, Timba, Mambo, Latin Jazz, Cha Cha Cha and other Caribbean sounds.
After its success in 2011, CCC keeps bringing music from South America to Australia
In Brisbane, CCC will feature 5 Australian Latin bands in Lightspace, Fortitude Valley. The competing bands will be playing along with Mi Tierra, winners of CCC 2011, known for their fusion of diverse musical and cultural backgrounds.
The Melbourne Heat will be at The Melbourne Pavilion in Flemington, where 6 local Latin bands will compete and share the stage with the winners of 2011. A week later, the The Sydney Heat will be held at the UNSW Round Parade in Kensington, and will feature 4 bands, from Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne, and again a performance of Mi Tierra.
Two big artists celebrating music and Latin Culture
For the Grand Finale, on the 27th of October, the celebration will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre in Southbank. This time, 6 finalists, 2 from each CCC Heat, will play off for a prize of $10,000 and for the winner title. On that night, Clave Contra Clave will bring renowned Colombian singer Fonseca, and the Latin music icon Willie Colon, whose music has been acclaimed at international levels. Their performances promise to be an event to be remembered by the Latin Community and Latin music fans in Australia.