Las Cafeteras and Orkesta Mendoza

globalFEST on the Road: The New Golden Age of Latin Music

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The New Golden Age of Latin Music is being forged right here in the US with Mexican-American communities emerging as hotbeds of musical creativity, blending upbeat styles that reflect shared cultural identities. Orkesta Mendoza and Las Cafeteras are two of today’s most exciting groups forging inspired new paths for Latin and Latin-American music. The infectious indie-mambo band Orkesta Mendoza mix a multitude of Latin styles like cumbia, merengue, and ranchera through a funky mambo and post-punk prism, creating a truly one-of-a-kind sound. Alternative Chicano band Las Cafeteras recreate traditional Afro-Caribbean Son Jarocho music in a wildly vibrant style. Their rousing socially-conscious messages, in English and Spanglish, tell stories of a community that is looking for love and fighting for justice, and have audiences dancing in their seats.

Wednesday, February 21
7:30 PM

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globalFEST guest curates in both performing arts and commercial settings, including such influential events as SXSW, Bonnaroo, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, as well as internationally at Festival d’Ile de France, and for socially conscious brands including TOMS. These curatorial opportunities raise the profile and visibility of gF artists and builds audiences by having them appear in unexpected stages where more general music fans have the opportunity to discover the excitement of global sounds.

“globalFEST brings a wider spectrum of possibilities for having my music exposed to places I might never be able reach on my own” – Emeline Michel

LAS CAFETERAS

Las Cafeteras have taken the music scene by storm with their infectious live performances and have crossed-genre and musical borders, playing with bands such as Mexican icons Caifanes, Lila Downs, Colombian superstar Juanes, Los Angeles legends Ozomatli, folk/indie favorites Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, and most recently with Talib Kweli.

Born and raised east of the Los Angeles river, Las Cafeteras are remixing roots music and telling modern day stories. Las Cafeteras create a vibrant musical fusion with a unique East LA sound and positive message. Their Afro-Mexican beats, rhythms, and rhymes deliver inspiring lyrics that document stories of a community seeking love and justice in the concrete jungle of Los Angeles. Using traditional Son Jarocho instruments like the jarana, requinto, quijada (donkey jawbone) and tarima (a wooden platform), Las Cafeteras sing in English, Spanish, and Spanglish and add a remix of sounds, from rock to hip-hop to rancheras. Las Cafeteras use music as a vehicle to build bridges among different cultures and communities, and create ‘a world where many worlds fit’.

LA Times described Las Cafeteras as “uniquely Angeleno mishmash of punk, hip-hop, beat music, cumbia and rock … live, they’re magnetic.”

ORKESTA MENDOZA

“Originally formed as a tribute to “King of Mambo” Pérez Prado, Orkesta Mendoza (a.k.a. Sergio Mendoza y La Orkesta) has morphed into a gorgeous, high-energy combination of mambo, cumbia, psych and rock. It’s a sound that comes from deep in the Sonoran Desert: Orkesta Mendoza is based in Tucson, Ariz., but frontman Sergio Mendoza grew up in the border towns of Nogales, Ariz., and Nogales, Sonora, and he pulls influences from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border into his music.

“If you’ve never seen Orkesta Mendoza live, it’s a little bit like walking into a different era. The six-piece group sets up like a big band, even wearing matching suits. The highly stylized, crisp look mirrors the band’s precise execution of the music, resulting in electric live shows packed with crowds of sweaty people where it’s not unusual to just start dancing with a stranger.” – NPR