Music and film for the 2nd World Forum on Urban Violence

  • Rocío Márquez is introducing La costilla de Rocío on Tuesday 6 November at the Greenhouse Crystal Palace in Arganzuela.
  • Rael, from Brazil, will introduce Coisas do meu imaginário on Wednesday 7 at Naves Matadero.
  • On Thursday 8 November there will be a closing concert, featuring Pájaro, Soleá Morente, Niño de Elche and Pongo.
  • On Monday 5, Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 November in the afternoon, documentaries on Forum-related topics will be screened, preceded or followed by talks, at Cineteca.

The 2nd World Forum on Urban Violence and Education for Coexistence and Peace is bringing not only interesting concepts and experiences to Matadero Madrid, but also music and films, in an effort to reinforce Madrid’s role as a city of peace. The Crystal Palace, the Naves and the Square are the chosen venues where the Forum’s participants and citizens at large will be able to enjoy concerts by Rocío Márquez, Rael, Soleá Morente, Pájaro, Pongo and Niño de Elche, as well as documentaries on the topics discussed at the panels and workshops. The programme has been designed by the people at the Department of Culture with a single goal in mind: celebrating the peaceful coexistence that the Forum is expected to analyse. Accordingly, guests artists specialise in contemporary versions of traditional Spanish music (mostly flamenco) and music from Africa and South America.

On Tuesday 6 at 8pm, the Greenhouse Crystal Palace in Arganzuela is playing host to the opening concert, by Rocío Márquez (Huelva, 1985), a flamenco singer who won the Linterna Minera competition at 23 and the first prize at the Cante de las Minas International Festival. In addition, Rocío is the recipient of the Award for Outstanding Young Artist (Category: Singers) from the Andalusian Association of Flamenco Clubs (2012) and the French award Coups de coeur de l’Académie Charles-Cros (2013). She is a dedicated student of flamenco and a big fan of Pepe Marchena, to whom she pays tribute in her most intimate album, El Niño. Now, she is introducing La costilla de Rocío, a show she is bringing to Madrid after having been to Seville, Shanghai and Barcelona, accompanied by guitarist Raúl Cantizano, with videos by Los Voluble. The show focuses, both in sound and image, on biological aspects of the female condition, the magical presence of women and the male-dominated imagery of traditional flamenco.

On Wednesday 7 at 8.30pm, Naves Matadero will welcome Rael (São Paulo, 1983), who is coming with his latest album, Coisas do meu imaginário, with which he has just won the Brazilian Music Award for Best Singer. In the beginning, Rael was part of the rap band Pentágono, which he left in 2010 to embark on a solo career. Since then, he has performed in legendary venues like Joe’s Pub in New York (where Amy Winehouse made her American debut) and in renowned international festivals like Coachella, the Montreal International Jazz Festival or Rock in Rio (tickets: 8 euro).

On Thursday 8 at 6pm, there will be a free closing concert at Plaza Matadero, featuring Pájaro, Soleá Morente, Niño de Elche and Pongo.

Andrés Herrera Ruiz, aka Pájaro (Seville, 1963), will be the first to come on stage. He has played the guitar with legendary bands like Brigada Ligera or Pata Negra, and mythical musicians like Kiko Veneno or Silvio (as part of the Sacramento line-up), among others. His music is a mix of rock, blues, swing, Easter-inspired atmospheres, Spaghetti Western, Las Vegas and lines from poets like San Juan de la Cruz.

Born into a family of musicians (her father was no other than Enrique Morente), Soleá Morente has managed to produce an exquisite blend of flamenco and other genres like rock and pop. As a young girl, she contributed her vocals or handclapping to her father’s or her sister Estrella’s performances. Soleá was awarded the Fundación Princesa de Girona (FPdGi) Prize for Arts and Letters in 2018, for her entrepreneurial skills in the music industry – an environment that is often hostile to women. After being part of Los Evangelistas, in 2015 she went solo, sharing the stage and the studio with other artists and bands, such as La Bien Querida, Los Planetas or Lagartija Nick.

Francisco Contreras Molina, aka Niño de Elche (Elche, 1985), is an artist, poet and singer. He took his first musical steps within flamenco, but soon enough he made inroads into other genres and practices: rap, performance and social activism, among others. Acclaimed by critics as one of the most powerful voices in the new wave of flamenco artists, Niño de Elche circumvent the rigid boundaries between genres and disciplines. His music taps into flamenco, jazz or electronica, while his concerts involve performance, video, poetry and dance as well. He has collaborated with Isaki Lacuesta, Israel Galván and Refree, among others.

Finally, it will be Pongo’s turn – a pop singer and rapper from Luanda, Angola, who makes a mix of kuduro, dancehall, electronic dance music and melodic pop. Thanks to the impact of music projects like Buraka Som Sistema, kuduro (a type of music and dance originally developed in Angola and Portugal in the 1980s) has found its place in the broad spectrum of dance music. Powerful and rhythmical, it produces a smooth blend when in contact with Pongo’s frailty and sensitivity. The artist sees dance as ‘a way to respond to a hostile environment, bringing people together under a single force.’

Films and talks at Cineteca

Sala Azcona at Cineteca will be opening its doors to Forum-related films, preceded or followed by talks.

On Monday 5 at 7.30pm, there will be a discussion between historian, philologist and writer Edurne Portela (Bilbao, 1974) and journalist Lucía Mbomio (Madrid, 1981), followed by the screening of White Out, Black In (8.30pm), a documentary disguised as dystopian science-fiction by Adirley Queirós.

On Tuesday 6 at 8.30pm, the audience will be able to enjoy A Better Man, a Canadian documentary by Attiya Khan and Lawrence Jackman. In the film, Khan, a survivor of domestic abuse, meets her long-time abuser to see if he can take responsibility to heal the wounds he caused. A feminist filmmaker and screenwriter, Khan has worked in shelter programmes with abused women and children.

Finally, on Wednesday 7 at 8pm, there will be a conversation between economist José Moisés Martín Carretero (Madrid, 1975) and members of the Female Tenants’ Union. It will be followed by the screening of Gut Renovation (9pm), a documentary in which Su Friedrich charts the destruction of Williamsburg, a neighbourhood in Brooklyn, so developers can build luxury condos.