LEAH

Leah Rose Gallegos

Vocals, Quijada, Hand Percussion, Zapateado, Melodica

Leah Rose Gallegos was born and raised in Highland Park, Northeast Los Angeles. She graduated from USC on a full soccer scholarship where she studied Chicana/o Studies. Upon an invitation to the US Women’s National Team, she tore her ACL, cutting her soccer career short. However, her next projects were to be just as fruitful. While rehabilitating her injury, she found remedy and healing in yoga. She quickly discovered the incredibly low access of yoga to communities of color. Leah and a good friend, Lauren Quan-Madrid co-founded People’s Yoga, the first and only yoga studio in East Los Angeles, dedicated to offering accessible and affordable yoga and holistic health practices while creating safe space for the people of communities where access is limited. People’s Yoga is women owned, thriving health and healing space. Leah found music by ceremony, learning song from curanderas. She later took Son Jarocho classes at Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural with her family in the San Fernando Valley. Leah is a proud b-egan, lover of food and family and always carries a bottle of rosemary or lavender essential oil for quick limpias on-the-go.

Follow Leah @leahrosegallegos

JOSE

Jose Guadalupe Cruz Cano

Drum, Cajon, Flute, Requinto

Jose Cano’s main role in Las Cafeteras is percussion and at times contributes with the flute, requinto, harmonica and shouts out an occasional “yo no creo en fronteras”.  Originally from Oxnard CA, he started playing music in the middle school concert band and has since been involved in a number of bands playing anything from cumbia to rock to norteno music before joining las cafeteras. Biking for commuting, running, boxing, healthy living, community, art and culture are among some of the passions he shares with people. Jose holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State University, Los Angeles and currently works as a freelance design engineer and owns his own door and window company.

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DENISE

Denise Carlos

Vocals, Jarana Primera, Zapateado, Glockenspiel

Denise Carlos grew up in the Huntington Park neighborhood of South East L.A. with her older sister and parents.  Her father is from Mexicali, Baja California and her mother from Amacueca, Jalisco and immigrated to the U.S. in the 1970’s to work and raise their family. One of Denise’s nicknames growing up was “Diantre”- meaning “little devil” in Spanish. Speaking mostly in double-entendres, she is known for her silly humor and comedic nature.  Denise holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work with an emphasis on women and children from Loyola University, Chicago and works on the daily to help develop critical thought around community feminisms, sexuality, and self-love.  She has been dancing folklorico for over half her life! When she is not with Las Cafeteras, you will find Denise zapateando with Ballet Folklórico de Los Angeles. Two of Denise’s favorite life teachings are “Que Viva La Vida” and “Dance as if nobody is watching.”

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DAVID-PIC

David Jesus Flores

Requinto

Born and raised in East LA and the San Gabriel Valley, David Flores is the second oldest of 6 brothers and sisters. He earned his Master’s Degree in Social and Cultural Analysis of Education from California State University, Long Beach. When not studying, playing futbol or music, David loves taking his Chicano culture to other parts of the country and world. It allows him to realize that life is much greater than himself. David is currently a Ph.D. candidate at UCLA.

HECTOR

Hector Paul Flores

Vocals, Jarana Tercera, Zapateado

Born in City Terrace, Hector Flores grew up in the Pan-Asian – Chicano neighborhoods of San Gabriel Valley and East LA. The oldest of 6 kids, his mom is from Morelia, Michoacán and his pops is from San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora. Growing up Hector listened to Al Green, Ana Gabriel, Sonora Dinamita, Tupac, The Cure, The Smiths, Chili Peppers and Rage Against the Machine. He graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a degree in Chicana/o Studies and worked as an organizer for 10 years in New Jersey, South LA, East Los Angeles. Hector loves playing anti-imperialist Soccer where the score is always 2-2, dancing Cumbia, watching documentaries, going to a Dodger Game, eating at new veggie-friendly restaurants, sneaking into movie theatres, and writing poetry.

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DANIEL-PIC

Daniel Joel Jesus French

Vocals, Jarana Segunda, Keys

Hailing from the San Gabriel Valley (east of East LA) Daniel is the youngest of 3 siblings. He strums the jarana segunda, sings, MCs, & keys. In the summer of 2011 he drove across the continent documenting his family stories & is very proud of his Chicano, Mexican, Fronterizo, Mohawk, German, Italian, French, English & beyond backgrounds. He is passionate about oral histories, music, freestyling, & works as a full-time musician & storyteller. He most recently graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a B.A. in Sociology. He lives by this motto “Risk everything to live your dreams & know that mysterious forces will come to your aid.”

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gloria

Gloria Estrada

Vocals, Jarana Segunda, Keys

Latin Grammy nominated Gloria Estrada is a multi instrumentalist, composer, arranger, producer, performer, and recording artist. She began playing the guitar at the age of 14.  She was self taught up until her studies at Pasadena City College and later received a B.A. in Music at the University of Southern California. She has played and or recorded with: Viento Callejero, Finger Dancers, Carla Morrison, Las Cafeteras, Mitre, Maria Del Pilar, Marisa Ronstadt, and La Santa Cecilia.   Music she composed and collaborated on can be heard on film and tv shows such as: Bruising for Besos, Weeds, Entourage, One Tree Hill, The Bridge, and 2501 Migrants.

JORGE

Jorge Mijangos

Vocals, Jarana Segunda, Keys

Jorge Mijangos is a multi-instrumentalist, master Son Jarocho musician & luthier. Born in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico Jorge began playing music at the age of 5. He has since performed throughout the Americas at esteemed venues such as The Walt Disney Concert Hall, Santa Barbara Bowl as well as the NHCC. He currently lives in Ventura CA with his wife & newborn son where he teaches youth music & builds custom Son Jarocho musical instruments.