The phrase "Yo no creo en fronteras!" has become the unofficial mission statement for East LA's eclectic folk outfit Las Cafeteras. The line from their rabble-rousing hit "La Bamba Rebelde" is an apt description of how cavalier they are about crossing stylistic and geographical borders with their music. This year alone, they've dabbled in mainstream pop, opened for Colombian superstar Juanes in Miami, and did a live collaboration with the LA Philharmonic. With every new step they take, the title of their 2012 release, It's Time, feels more and more prophetic.
Piero F. Giunti
Before they became a band, the members of Las Cafeteras were students. "We were all friends, family, activists and organizers who knew each other before we even started playing music," says Denise Carlos, who once trained as a dancer.More »