With most folks staying at home, it’s a good time to discover more Latinx artists, such as Bad Bunny. But don’t worry – if you’re not into Latin Trap or Reggaeton, we’ve got just the band for you.
Las Cafeteras is a Los Angeles-based Chicano rock band from East LA. Their music fuses spoken word with traditional Son jarocho, zapateado dancing, and Afro-Mexican flare. The band’s socially conscious, politically charged songs tell stories of their community’s rise against all odds. They put out an infectious and uplifting spirit.
Las Cafeteras demonstrate that just because the struggle for peace, justice and equality is a serious matter, it doesn’t mean that you can’t be jammin’ along the way. “Creative, socially conscious…it’s perfect” said the National Public Radio.
A product and reflection of the diverse, hard-working, politically active neighborhood of East Los Angeles, Las Cafeteras present songs of activism and celebration on their past albums including Tastes Like LA and It’s Time.
Over the past decade, Las Cafeteras have demonstrated that in art as in life, borders are meant to be crossed. They have collaborated with indie darlings Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Mexican rock icons Cafe Tacuba, Colombian pop star Juanes, singer and songwriter John Legend, hip hop activist Talib Kweli, and even the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.
Las Cafeteras has brought their infectious energy, positive spirit and inspirational messages to rapturous audiences at The Lincoln Center in New York, The Montreal Jazz Fest, and Art Basel in Miami, as well as many other high-profile venues. And while the national quarantine has put an end to their planned tour, the band is putting out teasers of a new album on social media, plus a message for the people:
“We wanted to engage people’s imaginations about the future of this country,” notes the band on Facebook. “Everyone knows what’s wrong, but not many know what to do. We hope to push people to think about themselves as presidents of their homes, schools, workplaces and to create the kind of country they would like to see.”
Watch the full Las Cafeteras doc on LatiNation