La Misa Negra is a 7-piece band from Oakland, California, known for their unique blend of heavyweight cumbia and high-energy, Afro-Latin music. On stage, they deliver an electrifying performance that explodes with infectious dance grooves and punk rock energy, powered by horn and accordion-driven riffs, a fierce rhythm section, and a vintage-inspired sound.
Taller Bombalele Ensemble is a performance ensemble which focuses on performing and promoting the Puerto Rican music and dance tradition of Bomba. Taller Bombalele was founded in Sept. 2014 by Julia Cepeda (granddaughter of Puerto Rican Bomba Patriarch Don Rafael Cepeda Atiles) and Denise Solis (founder/director of Las Bomberas de la Bahia). Taller Bombalele offers Bomba percussion and dance classes and hosts Bombazos (Bomba performed informally in community) throughout the Bay Area. Currently Taller Bombalele classes are offered on Saturday afternoons at Rhythmix Cultural Works in Alameda, CA.
Soul y Agua’s sound reflects Monica Fimbrez’s Californian roots mixed with traditional, earthly and contemporary sounds of Latin America. Monica’s songs are innovative and expressive of a world where cultures coexist, where fear is transformed by compassion, where we learn to truly love ourselves, and where we view the world from an empathetic and holistic state of mind. A vocalist, multi-instrumentalist (guitar, jarana, bass, percussion) and composer, she’s a graduate of San Francisco State University who has spent more than half her life songwriting and performing various genres such as Cuban Salsa, Son Jarocho, Cumbia, Jazz and R&B.