“blending contemporary Afro-Mexican rhythms and hip-hop beats with the centuries-old musical genre…Las Cafeteras aim to represent the culture of East L.A. in music.” –LA Magazine
“uniquely Angeleno mishmash…. hip-hop, beat music, cumbia and rock … Live, they’re magnetic.” – LA Times
Las Cafeteras are immigrant children remixing roots music, telling modern day stories with what LA Times has called a “uniquely Angeleno mishmash of punk, hip-hop, beat music, cumbia and rock … Live, they’re magnetic.”
The band is taking the music scene by storm with infectious live performances that cross musical borders. They’ve played with bands such as folk/indie favorites Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Mexican icons Cafe Tacuba, Colombian superstar Juanes, L.A. legends Ozomatli, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, and most recently with Talib Kweli.
Tastes Like L.A. will be self-released in April. Produced by Eugene Toale, it comes five years after Las Cafeteras’ debut album, It’s Time. The album will include guests musicians such as Grammy-nominated bassist Gloria Estrada, bassist Moises Baquiero from Mariachi Manchester, son jarocho maestro Jorge Mijangos, and Stewart Cole from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes on trumpet.
In their almost a decade as a band, Las Cafeteras’ mantra has always been about breaking down borders, about being proud of their Chicano identities and immigrant roots and celebrating America’s multiculturalism. In 2017, with burgeoning chants of “no ban, no wall” nationwide, Las Cafeteras’ grassroots mission takes on a self-fulfilling urgency. This only makes Las Cafeteras want to work harder in taking their music, and message, further. “Borders have manifested, not only in the physical, but also in the interpersonal. What happened? I think we have to ask ourselves how much we are really transcending borders that have separated us from other communities”, says Daniel. “This is also true for the work Cafeteras is doing. We intentionally collaborate with artists and organizations in different scenes and communities at home and on tour. Part of music’s gift is how it brings together people across different walks of life. ”
Often on the road, Las Cafeteras just wrapped a show at the Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City and will be touring through March and April, with some summer dates already announced.
“Now, more than ever we need folks to get creative and try something different. Now is the time to stand up, step up and expect more” sayd Daniel. “And maybe, instead of waiting for the president to do something for us, we’ll go inaugurate our own projects and dreams in the world. Doing something, anything concrete in our homes, with family, friends, neighbors. Take whatever youre passionate about and do something about it.” lascafeteras.com
Beats y Batería. How do classic rhumbas, 100 year old folk tunes, and ancient rhythms fit in the percussive electronic music of today? Come find Beats y Bateria: a collaboration of Havana-born, Chicago-based DJ/Producer AfroQbano, Moldovan-born fado jazz singer Ana Munteanu, multi instrumentalist Patrick Donley and global beat drummer Daniel Crane. The four members come from different musical homes but what they do together is set a mood of celebration and nostalgia under the umbrella of global dance music.