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Las Cafeteras create a vibrant musical fusion with a unique East LA sound and a community-focused political message. Their Afro-Mexican rhythms, zapateado, and inspiring lyrics tell stories of a community who is looking for love and fighting for justice in the concrete jungle. A remix of traditional Son Jarocho sounds, the band adds 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.
Funding for this event is provided by the Western States Arts Federation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Washington State Arts Commission.