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.
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
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.
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!
María José Montijo
With over 18 years of experience in the healing arts, Maria Jose Montijo is a California licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, biodynamic craniosacral therapist, sound healer and performing musician. LA GENTE SF & Maria have performed together many times in the Bay Area music scene por ejemplo: MAPP (Mission Arts Performance Project) Elbo Room and in collaboration with Taller Bombalele & La Diaspora Festival