Las Cafeteras sings for change

By Dulce Carrillo

 

The musical genre of Son Jarocho is the inspiration for Las Cafeteras first studio recorded album release “It’s Time.”

The album was produced by Alexandro D. Guiterrez and released independently on September 6 of this year.

The Jarocho music genre originated in Veracruz, Mexico as slave music for the oppressed people of the city.

It consists of nine songs including their single “La Bamba Rebelde” which is their Jarocho interpretation of the popular song “La Bamba” by Richie Valens. The album also consists of  “El Chuchumbre” and “El Zapateado.”

The song “La Bamba Rebelde” introduces the group and their overall message of change and respect in the Hispanic community. Las Cafeteras purpose is to  also encourage pride in the Hispanic community.

The band which consists of Annette Torres, Daniel French, brothers Hector and David Flores, Leah Rose Gallegos, Denise Carlos and Jose Cano formed in El Sereno where they had their first performance at the Eastside Cafe in 2005.

Group members Torres and David Flores were both students at ELAC.

Each of the seven members plays three instruments or more. Each contributes to the band with their various talents and alternate between both dancing and singing. The many different talents of each member helps to keep constant creativity flowing.

Denise Carlos, who grew up dancing folklorico and zapateado, had a difficult time at first to learn to dance and to follow their music.

“We’re still students learning the music,” Hector Flores said.

Even though the band members know how to play Jarocho well, they still don’t believe that they know everything.

The group often makes trips to Veracruz to learn more music and get ideas for their new songs. They consider Veracruz their second home and say these trips play an important role to their music.

Las Cafeteras uses this style of music as a powerful weapon that they hope will motivate Hispanic communities.

Las Cafeteras group members have all earned university degrees in varying fields. In spite of their many different backgrounds and interests they all come together to unite as Las Cafeteras under the sound of Son Jarocho.

Annette Torres, majored in communication and public relations. Off stage, she handles most of the business side of the group.

Las Cafeteras were mentioned on KMEX Channel 34 for the Dia de los Muertos celebration. They have been motivating the Hispanic community with their Jaracho style.

 

 

 

 

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