La Mera Candelaria
June 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pmFREE
When it comes to cumbia, Latina artists, from Selena to Li Saumet of Bomba Estéreo, have typically blended the genre’s traditional drum rhythm and percussive heartbeat with contemporary electronic sounds to bring the folkloric music to new, young audiences. But Stephani Candelaria, who fronts the Los Angeles-based band La Mera Candelaria, has taken a different direction. The singer-songwriter fuses cumbia with other traditional rhythms, particularly the relaxed vibes of son cubano, creating a refreshing new musical mix she lades with sassy feminist lyrics.
While the seductive rhythms of the tropics induce people to the dance floor, Candelaria hopes her lyrics, which tackle queer relationships and gender roles, inspire cultural change in her community. More info >>
“I sing about real things, about real women and real experiences of sexism, all backed up by irresistibly dance-y grooves. I see people dancing and singing along to my songs that are, at their core, hella feminist. It’s a small step, sure, but planting those seeds is so important when you talk about disrupting gender norms and systems of inequality.” ≈ Stephani Candelaria