The Sunday Music Drop is a weekly radio series hosted by the KQED weekend news team. In each segment, we feature a song from a local musician or band with an upcoming show and hear about what inspires their music.
Rebecca Rodriguez, the band leader of San Francisco’s all-femme salsa band, Agua Pura, recalls forming the group after almost always being the only girl in the bandstand.
“It’s a lonely vibe,” said Rodriguez. “And it’s fun, but just every now and then you need to be able to feel kind of like you can let your guard down a little bit more, you know?”
She felt it was important to be able to “create a space where girls can come in and be comfortable and feel safe enough to express themselves and take the kind of solos that they want to take.”
Rodriguez describes the salsa music Agua Pura plays as party music one might hear from someone’s radio while walking through the Mission District. The group covers songs from bands that are traditionally all men, such as the Fania All-Stars or El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico.