The Bay Area has a rich history of acclaimed musicians drawing from the many musical styles of Latin America. That legacy continues today, with an array of Latinx artists incorporating cumbia, salsa, rumba, reggaeton and Latin rock into their work.
This mixtape showcases 11 songs from local artists drawing from Latin music. The diversity of sounds included here is immediately noticeable upon first listen. Even though half of the artists in this mix are inspired in part by cumbia, each folds the genre into their approach in different ways, from La Misa Negra's heavy Afro-Colombian work to the prog-y psych of Mala Greña. Psychedelia also informs the experimental compositions of Almas Fronterizas and the soul- and jazz-inspired Loco Tranquilo, while hip-hop and electronic music influence the music of Los Rakas, Soltron, Gina Madrid and Bang Data.
Listen to the mixtape to learn more about all 11 artists spotlighted in this mix.
La Misa Negra, "Sancocho"