"It's Time", affirms Latin folk-fusion group Las Cafeteras, which is also the title of their next album due out at the end of October. The title, indicative of the group's rapid rise within the Latin music scene, also corroborates the fact that a group with this much creativity and honesty hadn't been seen in years.
Las Cafeteras have been recognized for their innovative style and social conscious lyrics, which speak on social justice and human rights issues. In fact, their music can be thought of as a soundtrack to a movement that fights for a better and fairer world. "We are inspired by those looking for a change and who understand that art can create, influence, and motivate that change to happen," state Las Cafeteras.
That sincerity and sensitivity has seeped into their music allowing these young L.A. natives to make a name for themselves in the U.S. After being recognized by specialized media like LA Record, LA Weekly, Remezcla, KCRW, and NPR, this indie group embarked on an extensive tour that led them to perform in various cities across the U.S. and share the stage with renown Mexican world music songstress, Lila Downs, during her shows in Anaheim and Los Angeles.
On both occasions, Las Cafeteras garnered praise from the audiences fascinated by both their style, a combination of Afro-Mexican rhythms and beats influenced by Hip Hop, and stomping "zapateado" dancing.
Earlier this year, Las Cafeteras gave spectacular performances in Philadelphia and the Mariachi Square Station in Los Angeles alongside Chicano Batman, in Amoeba Music in Los Angeles and in the Viva San Jose Festival, which took place on September 16th. In addition, the group had two shows in Texas in September in San Antonio on the 28th with Bombasta and Los Nahuatlatos, and in Austin on the 29th with Zomountch Krudas and Cubensi followed by a lecture and workshop for their fans. This past weekend they performed in Santa Barbara at Casa de la Raza, the notable Eagle Rock Music Fest in Eagle Rock, CA and at the CA African-American Museum (CAAM) where they won over music enthusiasts and new fans alike.
Las Cafeteras have grown steadily since the release of their debut EP "Live at Mucho Wednesdays" in 2009. Thereafter, they took their show to countless events and venues, including The Mayan, LAMC, Santa Barbara Bowl, Royce Hall at UCLA, African-American Museum, Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Eagle Rock Music Festival, Plaza de la Raza, Queens Museum of Art, UCSB, Loyola University (Chicago), The Rock (Berkely) and Roosevelt High.
They have also shared the stage with prominent artists such as Ozomatli, Ruben Albarran of Café Tacuba, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Kinky, Aterciopelados, David Wax Museum, Zack de la Rocha (Rage Against the Machine), Lila Downs, Culture Clash, La Santa Cecilia and Fool's Gold, among others.
Their musical maturity, influenced by their experiences and career, has grown steadily and it's evident in the new album "It's Time", which has already been critically acclaimed by specialized media. Their originality and razor sharp story telling is embodied in the different songs included in the album, especially its first single, "La Bamba Rebelde" (The Rebellious Bamba), an insight into the Chicano perspective. The fusion of styles and rhythms in "It's Time" has been noted for its eclecticism and versatility.
"We want to tell our stories. Our greatest desire is to inspire others to do the same", declare Las Cafeteras.
Upcoming dates from the "It's Time" Tour:
Oct 26: Grand Annex - San Pedro, CA
Oct 27: Hollywood Forever Day of the Dead- Los Angeles, CA
Nov 2: Dia de los Muertos- Cal Poly Pomona, CA