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11 Music Bands that Own the Streets of LA

Punk, cumbia, new wave, reggae — there’s a legion of Latino music bands from Los Angeles that are borrowing rhythms from all over the globe and making them their own. Here are 11 essential LA bands you should check out.

La Chamba Cumbia Chicha

La Chamba Cumbia Chicha
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They carve a Peruvian sound with an East LA twist and a band name that means “to put in work.” Think cumbia with guitar leads and heavy bass lines. A working-class message that is, as they put it, “adding a rhythm to the daily bustle of life.”

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Las Cafeteras

Las Cafeteras
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This is an active group that has unapologetically created a hybrid sound of Son Jarocho, hip hop and pop. An East LA music scene staple with an infectious, politically conscious sound, Las Cafeteras have created a sound that crosses generational lines.

More: Official Site, Facebook

Chicano Batman

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Their most recent achievement is being added to the lineup for Coachella 2015. Led by Mexican-Colombian Bardo Martinez, their sound is probably the most experimental on this list. Blend romantic ’70s Latin American music with its heavy keyboard sound add a Pink Floyd feel and sprinkle with funk.

More: Official Site, Facebook

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Thee Commons

Thee Commons
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With a new approach to an old vibe, this three-piece band brings an aggressive, stripped down sound — think cumbia channeling punk. A rebellious, youthful is sure to win over new fans; their covers of Selena and Los Caminantes are must-listens. With nine independent albums last year alone, their momentum keeps growing.

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Viento Callejero

Viento Callejero
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This is the band that other bands go see. They are open to many sounds but the thread that binds them together is funk. Also a three-piece, the difference is that Viento Callejero have rotating singers, so the focus is the sound. The technique seems to be working for them as they are quickly gaining traction throughout the Los Angeles music scene.

More: Official Site, Facebook

Buyepongo

Buyepongo
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Mixing afro beats with hip hop swag, Buyepongo has been hitting the scene hard for a few years. If you’ve ever been to one of their shows, you know that the groove will have you dancing all night long. Hailing from Norwalk, Calif., this group keeps the party going well into the morning hours.

More: Official Site, Facebook

Boogaloo Assassins

Boogaloo Assassins
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The musical is in the bands’ name, boogaloo, a genre that took root in New York City. Thrown into this mix of 60s sounds are soul, salsa and other Latin rhythms. They’ve been active since 2007 and have a strong following throughout Southern California. It’s like having a slice of New York in Los Angeles.

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Zapoteca Roots

Zapoteca Roots
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Reggae meets Sonidero. What sets this group apart is the it has created. The “Sonidero” sound is a Mexican type of cumbia that has many fans in LA, and Zapoteca Roots caters to them. They create a contemporary vibe that will bring back memories of family gatherings and quinceañeras.

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ECNO (El Conjunto Nueva Ola)

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ECNO has managed to turn New Wave ’80s classics into new cumbia mash ups. This Mexico City band hit the scene with a fury and acquired fans just as quickly. But they don’t consider themselves a cover band. They’re more interested in keeping the new wave melodies and giving the lyrics new life. Oh, and they wear luchador masks.

More: Official Site, Facebook

La Santa Cecilia

La Santa Cecilia
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Perhaps the best known band on this list is Latin Grammy Award-winner La Santa Cecilia. They’ve come a long way from playing free fundraisers. Lead vocalist “Marisoul” has a voice that many have compared to classic rock icon Janis Joplin. An eclectic sound that covers a wide range of genres has been key to their success.

More: Official Site, Facebook

El-Haru Kuroi

El-Haru Kuroi
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This bossa nova-influenced trio has been under the radar but they’ve definitely got a of their own. They combine Mexican, Central American and African sounds and rhythms at a pace that echoes punk. This year they plan on expanding their fan base by taking their blistering sound to the midwest.

More: Official Site, Facebook

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Introducing Latido Music: Your Source For The Latest And Greatest In Latin Music

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Introducing Latido Music: Your Source For The Latest And Greatest In Latin Music

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Music is a major part of culture and that is something we Latinos have known for a long time. There is a cellular activation in your body when you hear music from your own culture. Latido Music is here to give you a one-stop shop to get all of the Latin music needs to feed your soul.

Latido Music is your new 24-hour resource for all things Latin music.

Latin music is one of the fastest growing genres of music right now. People around the world are falling in love with the artists that have sang our experiences for years. Bad Bunny is Spotify’s most streamed artist of 2020 and the level of love for Latin music is still climbing.

Latido Music is here to create the centralized location for all of those Latin music needs. It is all about serving up the most relevant artists that create that truly intersectional sound and vibe we all love and need.

Latido Music wants to bring mitú readers and followers to music and music lovers to relevant content.

It is more than just giving you the same artists you see everywhere. Latido Music is going to do the searching for you to bring you the newest artists you should know. From regional Mexican music to Neoperreo, Latido Music is out there to find the best sounds for your ears.

“It’s an exciting day for mitú and for the Latido Music brand. It’s the first opportunity to unite LatinX lovers of music across social, editorial and connected TV,” Stephen Brooks, president of Latido Networks, says. “I’m looking forward to our mitú community discovering the Latido Music channel, and conversely the TV audience being able to read insightful and informative content about their favorite artists and genres.”

Latido Music hopes to highlight Latinos in the music industry in multi-dimensional ways.

“We’re launching this vertical as a means to explore and share the Latinx perspective within the music industry,” says Cynthia Zavala, Director of Account Management, Brand Strategy. “Just like our LatinX communities, music is not one-dimensional especially music listened to by our audiences. With this new initiative, we hope we’re able to highlight new stories from the music industry and how it’s impacting our society.”

So, sit back, follow those social pages, and get ready to experience the best that Latin music has to offer.

Latido Music is making it their mission to bring together music lovers with the artists that speak to their intersectional experience. Music is a crucial and necessary part of culture and sharing culture often means sharing music. Stay tuned to see what Latido Music will do to expand your knowledge and love of Latin music.

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Red Bull Estado Unidos De Bass Is Bringing Three Weeks Of Latin Music To Your Living Rooms

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Red Bull Estado Unidos De Bass Is Bringing Three Weeks Of Latin Music To Your Living Rooms

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Red Bull is bringing us three weeks of Latin music to your living room in the time of Covid. As case spike and people are going back into stay-at-home orders, Red Bull Estado Unidos de Bass is giving you the entertainment you need to make it the most of the quarantine.

Red Bull is bringing the hottest Latin music artists into your home over the course of three weekends.

Red Bull Estado Unidos de Bass is here and over three weekends you will get to see seven jam sessions coming to you from five cities. You can check out some of your favorites performing Dec. 4-5, Dec. 10-12, adn Dec. 18-19. They are performing from the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Austin, New York, and Miami truly highlighting Latinos from across the country. Here is who you can expect to see perform.

Kali Uchis

Kali Uchis is excited to be part of the Red Bull Estados Unidos de Bass because she is here for anything uplifting her people. The Colombian singer is grateful for the kind of creative inspiration she got while in isolation due to Covid and it shows.

“I’m not new to creating in isolation but it was refreshing to tap back into being locked in the house while creating,” Uchis said. She added: “[My fans] can always expect genuine things from me and always elevated from what I did last.”

Kinky

The band is making the most out of the quarantining this year to learn better ways to stay engaged and connected. While they have been locked away, the band members have had a chance to reconnect with themselves and who they are as musicians.

They appreciate being able to go back to the basics and remembering why they got into music in the first place. The band has been mixing the different sounds of Latin music into their own unique sound for 20 years.

Speaking of which, stay tuned for next year. The band is planning something to celebrate their 20th year of making your body move.

Tomasa del Real

The Chilean singer is also known as La Reina de Neoperreo because she is credited with literally creating it. The offshoot of reggaeton, born on social media, is a sound all its own and it has pushed Latin music to expand even more. Tomasa del Real is so grateful for the Internet and its ability to connect people so seamlessly during these times.

“I feel that in these difficult times, we as artists have had to use our imaginations to connect with our fans, thanks to the internet we have many safer alternatives for performing,” Tomasa del Real said. “It’s important to create new ways, we are in a digital era where entertainment has been adapting to what is happening around the world and where we are able to stay present.”

La Doña

La Doña’s vintage look is everything and the San Francisco artist’s vocal power backs up her amazing vibes. The musician considers herself lucky to be included in the same line up with so many influential and important artists.

“I am so excited to be included in this symposium of influential and genre-defying artists. It’s special to me to be able to congregate around “bass” and dance music in a time when we’re are more limited in our ability to engage with dance and el club,” La Doña said. “It’s especially exciting to me, as a Latina native to San Francisco, to have a showcase featuring Bay Area musicians, as this node of music and culture is so often overlooked.”

El Dusty

El Dusty is in it for the fans. The Latin Grammy nominated producer is ready to make the most of the performance via technology. Not only will he get a chance to perform with friends of his, but he will get to know his fans a different way.

“Touring is a huge part of my whole project,” El Dusty said. “Performing live helps me stay in contact with fans around the world but while we are in this battle it is fun getting to know my fans even better and communicating with them is aside then ever over the internet in our livestream chat rooms or over comments.”

Los Rakas

The Panamanian cousins are creating a sound that everyone can dig. As part of the Red Bull de Bass lineup, the cousins want to show their fans what they have been working on and hope to gain some new ones.

Red Bull is a perfect fit for the band by showcasing the best and matching with their own style. Most of all, Los Rakas want to make sure that they show their fans their commitment to being there for them no matter what. Fortunately, they are able to do so with a Covid-safe celebration of Latin music.

You can find out more about the event here.

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