The Coffee Makers: the aromatic flavor of the new Latin music in the US

Say they do not want to sing about politics, they are a band of neighborhood.

But simply having grown up in East Los Angeles was cast in his songs references to poverty and marginalization, travelers love and dreams fulfilled, immigrants and life north of the border. Much as the verses in English are the rhythms of son Jarocho, Mexican folk repertoire.

That’s The Coffee Makers, an American band, eminently bilingual, forged alongside the train tracks and between musical workshops and community activism. A group “merger” inevitable, reflecting what it means to be Chicano today in the western United States.

“In the past, ‘Chicano’ had become a derogatory term. Being Chicano was not being Mexican enough nor American, neither here nor there. This generation is taking up that word to say that we are proud of being what we are . this is transmitted in music, we touch is jarocho but mixed with many other things Everything inspires us. our way through places like this, where we are proud to live, “he tells BBC World José Cano, the percussionist who does not give truce to his Peruvian drawer.

The trajectory of the band, which was formed in 2005 took on the roads in the neighborhood, since they met in musical workshops and seven members -three women, four men participated with neighbors in a protest to save a garden of infants who was about to be closed.

But then they went beyond the widening scene of the current US Latin music, which has in Los Angeles a center of creation in turmoil and which militate other bands like The Santa Cecilia, tribe or pioneers Ozomatli. A new era in creating sounds of Latin American inspiration that Hispanics in second and third generation to a litter of composers and musicians determined to erase boundaries.

“We are more aware of their stories generation, we are here because we were born and live, but we want to return to our roots and update these roots to our stories today,” said Daniel French, one of the voices of the group besides interpreter revelry, the stringed instrument shaped like a small guitar that is part of the sound identity of the Son jarocho.

See Las Cafeteras on stage is an experience: the textured voice and sweet Leah Gallegos, the jawbone of a donkey scratches while singing; the marimbol Annette Torres, a kind of xylophone on a soundboard that finger touches; jaranas combination with requintos, the rhythmic tapping on a wooden platform, the “war cries” coming out of the throat of Hector Flores.

When discovered the local press, on account of his reinterpretation of the legendary Chicano anthem “La Bamba”, they were described as “rebellious souls” doing “urgent and important” music.

“It ‘s not that traditional Mexican version sing your grandfather, or Ritchie Valens 1958, nor the remake success of Los Lobos 1987 , ” wrote the newspaper Los Angeles Times .

La Bamba coffee version is something else: a proposal for battle, in which the “ay, up and up” are mixed with verses against racist laws of Arizona or against the existence of national borders. They came to the “Chicano paradise” according toown – definition sang the day in the company of Los Lobos, one of the founding bands of Hispanic rock in the ’70s born in the same area of Los Angeles which coffeepots and espresso coffee makers for $200.

See: Los Lobos and Latin music in the US

Voices of this time

Her first studio album, not coincidentally, is called “It’s Time” ( “It’s Time”), a title that denotes the sense of urgency with which this band around the world look young.

There, a song about gender violence in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico: the country of their families. “Worker Worker” is a hymn to the “men and women who do not lose their pride.” Mentions race, to no money.Then there is the version of “Moon Lovers” in sign language dedicated to a young deaf Arizona whose family had been arrested in a raid controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

“We sing about migration because we are children of migrant dreams. We talk about police abuses because we live in. And so poverty because we grew up,” says Flores.

But they are not considered a political band: just a product of his time.

And summarized as follows:. “If you grew up in East LA (East Los Angeles), you know what we mean are Hispanics here, these are our stories talked about the attacks on our people, but also of love and family. : this is our reality we are not a political group we are a real group “…