-LA GENTE SF BIO-
LA GENTE is a San Francisco based, international recording group led
by singer-songwriter Rafael Bustamante Sarria. The group has created
their own unique blend of World Music, Cumbia, Reggae, Hip-Hop & Salsa.
LA GENTE fuses together rhythms and cultural influences from all over
the Caribbean with their distinct Bay Area flavor and style to create an
infectious, high energy dance party.
After years of touring and creating new music, LA GENTE has built a large and loyal following all over the US and the globe. The group’s most recent fourth album "Borderless" features special guest Deuce Eclipse of Bang Data and Zion-I. La Gente was founded in 2007, since then They have performed numerous festivals, universities, radio stations, museums, art galleries and major venues all over the US. For example: San Francisco, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Austin, Portland and New York. La Gente has also performed internationally in Spain, Italy, France, Great Britain, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Nicaragua and most recently embarked on a month long tour of Colombia.
Their notoriety and showmanship had found them sharing the stage with other recognized recording artists, such as George Clinton and The P-Funk All Stars, E-40, La Santa Cecilia, Quantic, The Digital Underground, Hyro-Glyphics, Coolio, Digable Planets, Pato Banton, Lyrics Born, Pete Escovedo,
“La Gente, led by Rafael Bustamante Sarria, plays an intoxicating
cocktail of world music, mixing cumbia, reggae, salsa and hip-hop.
Dance music with a political edge”
-Cy Musiker, KQED Arts
“La Gente reminded listeners of the depth, scope, and
considerable talent of the local music scene. The band can be
described, generically, as Latin fusion, aka mestiza music. Yet that
description doesn’t really impart the sonic goodness and
vibey aesthetic the band embodies.”
-Eric K Arnold, Oakland Local
“It’s refreshing to watch a band draw an audience as eclectic as
their music. It seemed no one could sit still through the
contagious beat and positive vibe."
-Cassandra Braun, San Francisco Chronicle