Las Cafeteras – Tastes Like L.A. (Las Cafeteras Music, 2017)
Tastes Like L.A. is the new album by East Los Angeles band Las Cafeteras. The band performs a lively mix of Mexican roots music such as son jarocho (a mix of Spanish, indigenous and African music) from Veracruz with global sounds, reggae beats, neosoul, pop, swing, norteño and American folk music. Vocals are in Spanish and English. The lyrics range from social activism to having a good time.
The musical instruments include the classic jarana guitar from Veracruz, the requinto jarocho, Peruvian cajón, and zapateado (tap percussion).
The lineup includes Daniel Jesús French on jarana primera and segunda, vocals, organ, Moog synthesizer; David Flores on requinto jarocho; Denise Carlos on vocals, jarana primera, zapateado, glockenspiel; José Cano on cajón and percussion; Hector Flores on jarana tercera and vocals; and Leah Rosa Gallegos on vocals, quijada de burro, zapateado, percussion and melodica.
Guests: Gloria Estrada on u-bass; Jorge Mijambos on requinto, marimbol and vozarrona; Stewart Cole on trumpet; Eugene toale on organ, sax and flute; Fernanda Ulibarri on autoharp; Moisés Baqueiro on u-bass; Ben Reddell on guitar and bass; José Gurria-Cárdenas on pandeiro; Jaime Bishop on bass; and Greg Marino on flute and sax.
The music of Las Cafeteras represents the exciting multicultural mix on Los Angeles with a superb set of modern songs rooted in Mexican Caribbean tradition.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.