Las Cafeteras

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Las Cafeteras
Origin East Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Folk, Son Jarocho, Urban Son
Years active 2005 - present
Website Official Website
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Members Daniel French
David Flores
Denise Carlos
Jose Cano
Hector Flores
Leah Gallegos
Past members Annette Torres[1]

Las Cafeteras is a Chicano band from East Los Angeles, California.Their music fuses spoken word and folk music, with traditional Son Jarocho, Afro-Mexican music and zapateado dancing.[2]

History[edit]

The band started out as students of the Eastside Café,[3] a community space in El Sereno, Los Angeles, where they took Son Jarocho classes. Influenced by music from Veracruz, Mexico and eager to teach others about it, they started formally playing in 2005.[4] Since forming, they have shared the stage with artists such as, Caifanes, Lila Downs, Juanes, Ozomatli, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.[5]

Their namesake derives from the organization where they took classes. To honor women, they feminized their group name by naming themselves Las Cafeteras, rather than Los Cafeteros.[6]

Las Cafeteras' songs have themes and references that range from the Civil Rights Movement, United Farm Workers, DREAM Act, immigration reform to female homicides in Ciudad Juárez.[4][7] Their song, "La Bamba Rebelde", a remake of The traditional Mexican song from the state of Veracruz "La Bamba", denotes their Chicano pride.[8] They say that they construct their music as a tool for creating positive change and inspiring others to do so.[9]

Band members[edit]

Discography[edit]

  • Live at Mucho Wednesdays (2009)
  • It's Time (2012)
  • Tastes Like L.A. (2017)
No. Title Length
1. "El Chuchumbé" 3:26
2. "Café con Pan" 4:21
3. "Luna Lovers" 5:15
4. "El Zapateado" 4:06
5. "Ya Me Voy" 4:55
6. "It's Movement Time" 3:29
7. "La Bamba Rebelde" 5:20
8. "La Petenera" 6:09
9. "Mujer Soy" 4:56
10. "Trajabador Trajabadora" 10:51

References[edit]

  1. ^ San Roman, Gabriel (December 18, 2015). "Las Cafeteras Accused By Former Bandmate Of Being Sexist Sellouts". OC Weekly. 
  2. ^ "Full Biography". MTV Networks. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  3. ^ El Sereno Eastside Café Website
  4. ^ a b Johnson, Reed (October 27, 2012). "Las Cafeteras says it nows --and you know -- "It's Time"". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Las Cafeteras". Folklore, Inc. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  6. ^ Romero Mata, José (November 4, 2012). "Las Cafeteras presentan su primer álbum con son jarocho". La Opinion. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  7. ^ Yáñez, Alonso (November 3, 2012). "La Bohemia: Las Cafeteras y su misión por un cambio positivo con jarana". Univision. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  8. ^ NPR Staff (September 30, 2012). "Son Jarocho, The Sound Of Veracruz". NPR. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  9. ^ Tompkins Rivas, Pilar (January 2, 2013). "Las Cafeteras: Crossing Genres to Become Agents of Change". KCET. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 

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