Las Cafeteras combines the vibrant energy of Son Jarocho music with an edgy LA sound & political message. Their pounding Afro-Mexican rhythms, stomping zapateado dancing, & uplifting verses tell stories of everyday people searching for love & fighting for justice in the concrete jungle. A re-mix of the traditional, Las Cafeteras adds Afro-Carribean marimbol, spoken word, English & Spanglish to Jarocho instruments like jarana & requinto guitars, donkey jaw-bone, & the tarima (stomp box).
Sprouting up in 2005 as students of Son Jarocho at the Eastside Café community center, Las Cafeteras soon ventured to publically share this magical- traditional music from Southern Veracruz, MX. Developing a unique sound & lively performance they are taking the Alternative Latin scene by storm. Their debut EP “Live at Mucho Wednesdays” is packed with vibrant energy. Their feel good music now echoes throughout concert halls & community centers, youth conferences & protests, bars & festivals. Keeping to their roots, Las Cafeteras donates time, energy, and a portion of it’s earnings to the Eastside Café & it’s Son Jarocho classes for youth in El Sereno, Los Angeles.
Venues include: The Mayan, Royce Hall at UCLA, the California African-American Museum, Hollywood Forever Cemetary, Plaza de la Raza, La Cita Bar, UC Santa Barbara, Tia Chucha’s Cultural Café, CSULA, UC San Diego, CSUN, Art Galleries, Bresee Youth Center, Schools…
Shared Bills with: Café Tacuba’s Ruben Albarran (Hoppo!), Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Culture Clash, Lila Downs, Ozomatli, Aterciopelados, Zack de la Rocha (of Rage Against the Machine), La Santa Cecilia, Fool’s Gold, Pilar Diaz, Ollin, Domingo Siete, Pachamama, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, Adanowsky, Quetzal & more…
“everyone came out of their shells. The room was alive with music and everyone was busting a move, swinging a partner around.” – LA Record
“this son jarocho group made up of community organizers from the Eastside Cafe cultural space have garnered an enthusiastic fan base in a short time.” — Remezcla.com
“these dedicated community musicians have taken their unique interpretation of the centuries-old cultural tradition everywhere it stands to be heard.” – OC Weekly
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