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 Red Poppy Art House and Mission community.
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.
Originally the front man for Bay Area legends "Dr. Masseuse," Robin Applewood
AKA Dogman Joe has honed his skills over the years, even touring France three
times with "The Motivators." Dogman describes his music as "Pop Rock Reggae
Funk Folk Ska Soul Blues Hawaiian Electronic" La Gente first connected with
Robin when the La Gente was still called "The People" and Robin Applewood
was called "Dr. Masseuse". The two groups have shared the stage at venues like
Mezzanine, Elbo Room, Ashkenaz and have worked together to keep the Bay Area
music scene vital and potent. Lead singer of La Gente was even featured in
Robin's latest video and single entilted "Bounce".
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.
For Video's, Battle's, Interviews & Clips of OrukusaKi
type "OrukusaKi" in www.youtube.com or www.vimeo.com
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 recently performed together
at The Red Poppy Art House for the MAPP event (Mission Arts Performance Project)
And Mario Silva Trumpet player and founding member of La Gente is also one of the
"April Fishes" Just to to make it explicit how incestuous and intertwined the Bay Area
Music scene actually is.
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, and most recently at The Independent. Juan Caipo was also the
backbone behind Orixa, who regularly performed with La Gente back when we were called The
People and also was the drummer for La Gente and produced our last studio album.
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 performed together with La Gente as
a main feature in Jean Paul Gaultier Global Village Performance series at The de Young Museum
and most recently shared the stage at The Independent.
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 most recently at The Independent and
will soon be working on new and original Raw-G/La Gente tracks.
Dj Lady Ryan is a Dj and Jazz vocalist who draws from Soul, Jazz, House and Hip-Hop
in every performance. She recently performed and promoted the SF Pride 2012 woman's
stage. And runs her monthly dance party "Ofasho" Every first Saturday of the month @
Disco Volante, featuring a host of local DJ's and MC's. Dj Ryan regularly performs with
La Gente as vocalist and Dj and joins up with the crew every 4th Friday @ Fort Mason for
The Off The Grid, Art Music and Food festival. FREEE!
Candelaria is a innovate independent Cumbia Dub group based out of Oakland California.
The Group consists of Bassist: Daniel Yockey, conguero: Carlos Mario Aguirre, drummer:
Rafael Herrera, multi-instrumentalist/producer/recording engineer Jesse Sheehan and the
charasmatic front woman and singer Stephani Garcia Candelaria. The group was originally
founded as an electro-cumbia Latin dance sound. but since then they have experiment with
Indian Ragas, mixing African highlife guitar lines with reggaeton and dancehall beats,
combining tablas and Colombian gaita flutes. While still rooted in cumbia and reggae,
Candelaria began to develop a unique sound all their own. Candelaria has shared the
stage with La Gente several times, selling out the Elbo Room, jamming together for
First Friday's in Oakland and jamming till three in the morning at La Gente's home
base in San Francisco: the Elbo Room
After ten years as a dancer of traditional Afro-Colombian music, YeYe began composing lyrics influenced by rhythms from the African diaspora in Latin American. Departing at the Mexican Son Jarocho, with a change of passports at the Cuban Son Montuno, she flys to the Colombian Cumbia. Through the Venezuelan Joropo YeYe transfers at the Peruvian festejo with a detour through the Bolivian Huayno, until reaching the Brazilian Samba in order to arrive at the Argentinean Tango, YeYe seeks, through collaborations with other artists, a new route for unification and an invitation to collective healing through lyrics, theater, music & dance all under one roof. YeYe connected to La Gente through the Red Poppy Art House and the Mission community. Yeye has performed with La Gente at Yoshi's SF and
recently shared a bill with the group at the MAPP event.
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