Las Cafeteras (USA)

Co-produced with Harbourfront Centre and sponsored by TD Bank.

Pounding Afro-Mexican rhythms with an LA-alternative edge and political message to close out the festival.

Las Cafeteras are Native and migrant children who are remixing roots music and telling modern day stories with what LA Times has called a "uniquely Angeleno mishmash of punk, hip-hop, beat music, cumbia and rock.”

The group infuses genre-bending sound and lyrically rich storytelling with the purpose of sharing the hidden stories of Latino and migrant life in Los Angeles, California. From Afro-Mexican to Americana, from roots music to the electronic frontier, from English to Spanish. No clenched fists, only open hands and open hearts.

Travel to the past and listen to the future of the Americas in one show.

In 2005, rooted in community and tradition, a group of students learning Son Jarocho music became known as “Los Cafeteros,” named after the Eastside Café community centre, which two of the members helped found. They soon changed their name to honour the feminine spirit of the group. Las Cafeteras is Leah Rose Gallegos (vocals, quijada, hand percussion, zapateado, melodica), Jose Guadalupe Cruz Cano (drums, cajon), Denise Carlos (vocals, jarana primera, zapateado, glockenspiel), David Jesus Flores (requinto), Hector Paul Flores (vocals, jarana tercera, zapateado), Daniel Joel Jesus French (vocals, jarana segunda, keys), Gloria Estrada (bass) and Jorge Mijangos (requinto).

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