Here at HUIZCAHE’s La Capirotada, we’ll occasionally feature a favorite musician or group who embodies in music the spirit of what we’re doing on the page. Today, we turn the spotlight on East LA’s Las Cafeteras.
From their website: “Las Cafeteras create a vibrant musical fusion with a unique East LA sound and a community-focused political message. Their Afro-Mexican rhythms, zapateado & inspiring lyrics tell stories of a community who is looking for love & fights for justice in the concrete jungle of Los Angeles. A remix of traditional Son Jarocho sounds, LAS CAFETERAS add Afro-Caribbean marimbol and cajón, poetry in English and Spanglish, and instruments like jarana, requinto, a donkey jawbone and a wooden platform called the Tarima.”
Named “Best Latin Alternative Band -2013” by LA Weekly, heralded as a “local band we love” by KCRW, and featured by the LA Times, NPR, Los Angeles Magazine, and the BBC, Las Cafeteras are currently touring the West Coast, with shows scheduled for San Francisco, Watsonville, Oakland, Sacramento, Eugene, Mt. Vernon, Vancouver, and Seattle.