Las Cafeteras bring us their fun and message this Friday.

los_cafeteras_on_stage_shorts._300sq.jpgAs I have said elsewhere, Las Cafeteras is the most important fun three women and four men can have with musical instruments. This Los Angeles-based band brings a combination of musical joy and community message that makes their  fusion American Latin Music is  more than just an ambassador for the East -LA sound. They have a message of community involvement, organizing, justice...but they do it in a way that makes everyone get up off their feet and move. Called the "best Alternative Latin band" by LA Weekly, I think they go beyond even that acclaim.

Las Cafeteras seamlessly fuse traditional Afro-Mexican music from Veracruz, Mexico with modern rhythms and lyrically rich storytelling to create a fresh Urban Folk sound from the streets of East Los Angeles.Their eclectic instrumentation includes jaranas, a requinto, a donkey jawbone, a West Africa descended bass instrument called the Marimbol, cajón, and a wooden platform called the Tarima used to dance ZapateadoLas Cafeteras seamlessly fuse traditional Afro-Mexican music from Veracruz, Mexico with modern rhythms and lyrically rich storytelling to create a fresh Urban Folk sound from the streets of East Los Angeles.

Their eclectic instrumentation includes jaranas, a requinto, a donkey jawbone, a West Africa descended bass instrument called the Marimbol, cajón, and a wooden platform called the Tarima used to dance Zapateado

But the thing about them that stuns me - and I mean that literally - are the lyrics, teh messages they carry.  mWhether thy are playing with Los  Lobos or the LA Philharmonic Orchestra, they deliver a punch.  Their song movement time is a paean to solidarity among oppressed peoples across our nation and across its history.  having just cvome from the Netroots Nation Music Project in Phoenix where we were confronted with the realities of oppression, not just in lyrics, but on the ground, I am impressed and inspired by their words.

 I am so happy they have agreed to share the fun of their music and the seriousness of their message with us on Music Friday.

 

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