About Las Cafeteras

In 2005, rooted in community & tradition, a group of students learning Son Jarocho music became known as ‘Los Cafeteros,’ named after the LA Eastside Cafe community center, which 2 members helped found. They soon changed their name to Las Cafeteras to honor the feminine spirit of the group. Over time they organically evolved from a student group into a performance group aimed at sharing Afro-Mexican music from Southern Veracruz, Mexico with their neighborhoods. Over the years, Las Cafeteras would develop a genre-bending sound & electric live performance infusing lyrically rich storytelling with the purpose of sharing the hidden stories of migrant life in Los Angeles. The members of Las Cafeteras, who grew up in Los Angeles, were inspired not only by Mexican music, but also rock, reggae, hip-hop and Motown and they want to use music as a way to build bridges among the different cultures and communities that historically have experienced tension. Through music, Las Cafeteras are trying to help build ‘a world where many worlds fit.’ While performing or recording, Las Cafeteras play music with the spirit that can only be explained through an ancient African Proverb, “if you can walk, you can dance, and if you can talk you can sing.”