Here are links to our favorite Bands, Artists,
and Collaborators that deserve your love
A powerfully progressive synthesis of electronic sound and Afro-Caribbean language, ÌFÉ is a bold new musical project from Puerto Rico based African American drummer/producer/singer Otura Mun. Mun, an Ifá priest or Babalawo in the Yoruba religion, has been a vanguard artist in the Puerto Rican music scene since his arrival there in the late 1990’s, producing critically acclaimed albums and songs for many of the islands most important musical voices. LA GENTE & 'IFE' also share a percussionist and vocalist: Señor Anthony Sierra and look forward to future collaborations expanding and exploring the fusion of Afro-Caribbean Music and culture of religion of the African Diaspora in Latino America.
CALIFAS MESTIZO MUSIC: Direct from San Francisco’s fertile music scene, LoCura taps into the diverse
sounds that have a rich history in the Bay Area, weaving them together in an uncanny way to reveal
theircommon roots. Mixing Flamenco with Reggae and Cumbia with Ska through contagious rhythms
andmultiple languages, their music takes you on a ride through a day in the emerging globalized
experiencewhere the movement of people and ideas are in constant flux. Reflecting lead vocalist Kata’s
own experience of growing up Spanish American in Spain, Italy, and the U.S., LoCura’s music rides the
borders of identity and migration piecing together a mosaic of our myriad cultures and experiences.
LA GENTE & LoCura have performed together, collaborated gone on epic hikes, broken bread together
and have joined forces for many political and community causes. ¡Que Viva LoCura!
"El Nuevo Sonido De La Mision" Soltrón is Afro-Latin Funk playing, San Francisco based, cosmic entity. Composed of 11 rumbanauts, their mission is simple, to keep you dancing and filled with great vibes. Playing all original music, their style is reflective of their Bay Area upbringing and has been inspired by the elements around them. With 3 horns, 4 percussionists, synthesizers, guitars and rap/ sung vocals, they will leave a long lasting impression. LA GENTE & Soltron have been performing and supporting each other since the groups inception. Anthony Sierra one the main founders of Soltron is also part of the LA GENTE collective and performed congas and vocals with the group for many years. The two groups have interchanged many members and look forward to many more collaboration representing the culture and community of San Francisco and the Mission District.
TRIBU BAHARÚ is an Afro-Champetúo crew of musicians from the Colombian Caribbean, influenced by 'El Picó', culture with more than 6 decades of experience. Instrumental live music, without losing the particularity of the performance of the scene: "Picotera" that lives in the dances of "Verbena" generating an emotional state they call 'Goce Champetúo', with the music that gave birth to the children of African blacks brought to America; la Champeta, a term that refers to a knife used by fishermen to remove scales from fish. This fishing music is influenced by Colombian folklore, Soukous, Soweto, Zouk, Calipso, Soca, Haitian Kompa and Reggae. The goal of TRIBU BAHARÚ is to transmit the joy of 'caribe being' through dance, using music as a vehicle. TRIBU BAHARÚ formed in 2010, when a group of friends with afrocaribe affinity began to collaborate to create a sound that moves the soul. Tribu Bahara have become international ambassadors or Champeta and Colombian Culture and on their most recent tour featured lead singer of LA GENTE SF: Rafael Bustamante Sarria as their guest vocalist.
Straight out of the Bay Area, Bang Data comes armed with slick guitar, gritty synth & bass
and banging electro-acoustic drums. Loaded with heavy grooves, Samba-Ska-Cumbia and
hints of Afro-Electro-Bossanova. Bang Data is formed by Bay Area’s MC Deuce Eclipse on
lead vocals, who’s well known by hip-hop fans as an accompanying voice to the legendary
Zion I and musician/producer Juan Manuel Caipo. Mixing Rock, Reggae, Hip-Hop & Latin beats
and infusing them with a soulful bilingual delivery by Deuce Eclipse, Bang Data has created a
sound that is unmistakably theirs. La Gente and Bang Data have performed together many times
at Mezzanine, The Brava Theatre, The Independent. Juan Caipo is also the producer of the last
two LA GENTE Studio Albums: Si Se Puede & Borderless. And Deuce Eclipse was the featured guest
MC on the tune "SUAVETONA!" trading rhymes with Rafael Sarria
Meklit Hadero’s music is imbued with poetry, hybridized sounds of Tizita (haunting and nostalgic music) from Ethiopia, to the annals of folk songs and Rock & Roll. She, herself, aptly describes her music as emanating from “in-between-spaces.” Listening to Meklit Hadero transports us to the post-national space of Africa and America; inspiring us to bridge the frontiers between language, tribes and disciplines. He songs celebrate the newness of life and the hyphens that bring us together. La Gente connected with Miss Meklit through the Mission and MAPP community and
we have had the pleasure to share the stage with this prolific talent.
Quantic is the recording alias of British-born musician, Will Holland. Holland's sound is rooted in the richness of the golden age of recording with a fearless modern bite for the dance floor. His productions connect progressive musical ideas with spontaneous musicianship, exciting tonality & a fine ear for detail. His travels have lead him to record, collaborate & perform all over the world, from Festivals in Brasil, clubs in his native England and the outdoor stages of Japan. Beginning his career at 16, Holland cut his teeth with downtempo and instrumental-beats releases on 45 records - first with UK label Breakin Bread Records and later, Tru Thoughts. During the early 2000's, he moved to Brighton and developed a fresh and original take on the renaissance of funk, soul and Afrobeat with popular side project the Quantic Soul Orchestra. Quantic and LA GENTE have performed together several times and create a unique combination of old and new innovative sound from all over the world
The Seshen is a 7-piece Bay Area-based band whose songs mix live and electronic elements.
Their music utilizes electronic textures to suggest complex emotions and vivid imagery but also
to blur the distinction between the abstract and the familiar. The Seshen takes influences from
electronic music, hip-hop, pop, R&B, dub, and indie rock to create beat-driven compositions with
a strong emotional core. The Seshen and La Gente have had some amazing shows together and
including two back to back soldout shows at the Boom Boom Room
AND are looking forward to our next collaboration.
Royal Jelly Jive
Few bands have the ability to evoke an old-school throwback vibe and yet sound entirely fresh
and new at the same time. Royal Jelly Jive is one of those bands. Combining elements of Soul,
Rock, Swing and Hip-Hop. It is all fronted by enigmatic singer Lauren Bjelde, whose sultry voice
and songwriting lands somewhere in-between Amy Winehouse and Tom Waits. The infectious
sounds of swingin' horns, gritty keys and a bumpin' rhythm section carry a crowd into bliss...
creating an unforgettable live experience that will leave you wanting more. Many of the members
of Royal Jelly and LA GENTE studied music together at SF State back in the day. And recently
performed together at the 2nd Annual Spirit Ball at The Great American Music Hall & The Elbo Room
Born in Berkeley California, Bay Area native OrukusaKi raps conscious lyrics over abstract and original style hip-hop beats. Once known as one of the "Champion" battle rappers on the west coast, OrukusaKi left the Battle Rap circuit in the mid 2000's to focus more on music and Hip-Hop Development. A strong believer that Hip-Hop Music is a powerful tool and should be used to unite people and strengthen communities, he writes his songs to inspire different thoughts and ideas for action and social justice. After many years of hard work recording and performing in the Bay Area music scene and abroad (LA, New York, Seattle) Orukusaki has had the chance to share stages and open up for acts such as Digable Planets, KRS One, Tone Loc, Inspecta Deck; Killah Priest(wu-tang), Hieroglyphics, Living Legends, Immortal Technique, Zion I & Crown City Rockers. Currently he is performing solo and working with a variety of bands in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as producers from Japan, Chicago, LA, and Seattle.
Orukusaki and lead singer Rafael Sarriaof La Gente have been rappin, collaborating, and cyphing together since the late nineties. Since then Orukusaki has become a consistant dynamic part of the La Gente performance and sound. He is known to grab the mic and join the group on Hip-Hop beats, Salsa grooves, Reggaeton and Cumbia-Dancehall rhythms never missing a beat and showing the Bay what Real Mc-ing, freestyling, and crowd control is all about.
Soul Y Agua
Monica Fimbrez is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist (guitar, jarana, bass, percussion) and composer. She moved to San Francisco from her hometown of Lodi, CA, and graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in vocal jazz and world music. Monica has over 16 years of songwriting and performance experience in a wide range of genres such as Cuban Salsa, Son Jarocho, Cumbia, Jazz and R&B. As a result, Soul y Agua's sound is shaped by an integration of all of these colors and textures, truly supporting her message of having love, compassion, acceptance and gratitude for the diversity that exists throughout the world, in our communities, and ultimately, within ourselves. Monica is also one of the members of LA GENTE SF and has been performing with the group for almost 10 years.
Dholrhythms is an organization dedicated to promoting the artistic and cultural heritage of India
through the beautiful Bhangra and Giddha folk dances of Punjab, India. Co-founders Vicki Virk
and Suman Raj envisioned Dholrhythms as a way to share their love of community, culture, and
dance while inviting diversity and unity. Dholrhythms hosts classes, workshops, and presents
performances and events that celebrate these unique folk dances and Punjabi culture. Dholrhythms
also co-founded, hosts, and headlines the legendary monthly event, Non Stop Bhangra, voted
as the "Best Dance Party" in San Francisco. Dholrhythms & LA GENTE have collaborated and
performed together many times, working on a new style of music called Bhangra-Cumbia. They have
shared the stage many times at Public Works, The Independent, The Chapel, The de Young Museum
and many more.
Rupa & The April Fishes
Rupa & the April Fishes create music that busts through boundaries of musical
genre, language and time making a fresh sound that must be experienced rather
than pigeonholed. The San Francisco based group has toured in the US, Mexico,
Canada and Europe. They have traveled to Tijuana where they stayed with deported
migrants and learned more about the humanistic impact of the US-Mexico border.
They have also played the Montreal Jazz Festival, Central Park Summerstage,
Grand Performances, SXSW, the inaugural epic Outside Lands Festival, Power
to the Peacefull, and Stern Grove. Rupa and La Gente performed together many times
at The Red Poppy Art House for the MAPP event (Mission Arts Performance Project)
as well as the Brava Theater.
Marcus Cohen & The Congress
Marcus Cohen: Trumpeter/Composer, who currently resides in Los Angeles Ca. assembled
The Congress nearly 3 years ago in San Francisco. They've been described as "A velvet freight
train of passion". The music is powerful, hyper-sensual, seductive, yet sonically arresting. Its
dripped in "soul", encased with sweet caramel melodies, and tantalizing harmonies. Their
grooves are as deep and rich as dark cacao. Destined to reintroduce depth in music, love,
community, and the re-emergence of "soul music", Marcus Cohen & The Congress have been
winning the hearts and ears of every listener. The Congress & LA GENTE have performed
together many times, packing out the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco and event down in Los Angeles
Blending Hip Hop culture with a revolutionary state of mind, Raw G is notorious for
passionate flow and deep poetry. Born and raised in GDL City, Mexico, Raw G was
dealt a great deal of struggle at a young age. After losing her father, she began expressing
her feelings of pain through writing, and began identifying to such artists like KRS-One,
2Pac and the Fugees, relating to the harsh reality depicted in their music. In 1999 she moved
to Oakland, California and began learning English by translating rap songs. In the last few
years, Raw G has stepped her music career up to the top of the list of upand coming artists
from the bay area. She has performedwith artists such as KRS-One, Immortal Technique,
Dead Prez, Mobb Deep, Blackalicious, Ghostface Killah, Ozomatli, and Ana Tijoux. She has
performed and collaborated with La Gente many times, at times LA GENTE has even acted
as Raw-G's backing band. She is also a fierce social and political activist and has worked in many
of the same movements and protests as the LA GENTE Collective
Lior Ben-Hur & Sol Tevel
With their positive message, uplifting melodies and a unique refreshing approach to Reggae, this San Francisco-based band represents a new generation of Reggae and World music. Born in Jerusalem, Israel with Greek and Iraqi roots, Lior Ben-Hur has traveled to over a dozen countries where he spent time learning, performing and sharing experiences with musicians and artists around the globe. Along with his 8-piece band, Lior Ben-Hur continues to focus on his passion for Reggae music, which has been a key inspiration on his musical creativity and spirituality. In June 2015, the band released their self-titled Reggae EP, and have since shared the stage with legendary Roots Reggae artists such as; Stephen Marley, Black Uhuru, Tarrus Riley, Groundation, Richie Spice and Don Carlos. Lior and his group have been close musical collaborators and friends with the GENTE crew for years and we look forward to sharing the stage with them again soon.
Originally from Reno, Nevada Whitney Myer combines soulful vocals, intricate rhythms, stacked harmonies and electronic synths. Using a loop pedal to layer live and electronic instruments, percussion and vocals, Whitney is a solo artist with a full sound. Miss Myer jetted onto the national scene after wowing Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton on NBC’s “The Voice” in 2012, earning a rare four-chair turn from the judges after her show-stopping rendition of Alicia Keys’ “No One.” Following the competition, the Nevada native released her first solo EP “The Articles of Luminous Nature” which highlights her soulful voice and focused musical prowess as a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist experimenting for the first time with electronic elements that could be recreated for live performances. Whitney Myer is a powerhouse musician who has stunned audiences up and down the west-coast of the United States and Canada–including appearances at The Bounce Festival and SXSW–leaving everyone who hears her wanting more. She has been a featured vocalist with LA GENTE and also headlined a recent ARTE Y TAPAS by La Gente Productionz!
Sariyah Idan is a Jewish American singer-songwriter and actor-writer originally from New York.
As an actor she has trained for both stage and screen but she is best known for her solo theater
show HOMELESS IN HOMELAND about Jewish identity and the Israeli Palestinian Conflict which
has received praise both in the US and in the UK. As a music artist she is trained in jazz and folk,
is hip-hop educated and influenced by the music of her roots. She blends music styles into a
smooth, alternative-soul sound seasoned with passionate longing and hope. She has performed
nationally on east and west coasts and internationally in the UK, Europe and the Middle-East. In
2012. She recently released her full studio album entitled: Deeper Than Skin. Miss Idan has been
featured as a guest vocalist with La Gente, touring with the group in San Diego,
Los Angeles & the Bay Area.