It's that time of the year again! Accion Latina's annual concert series, Encuentro del Canto Popular, celebrates its 36th year of celebrating peoples' movements by inviting La Misa Negra to fill The Chapel with some cuuuuuumbia!
We've also invited 2 local bands chosen via our Encuentrito concert series to open the night.
Soul y Agua
Soul y Agua’s sound reflects Monica Fimbrez’s Californian roots mixed with traditional, earthly and contemporary sounds of Latin America. Monica’s songs are innovative and expressive of a world where cultures coexist, where fear is transformed by compassion, where we learn to truly love ourselves, and where we view the world from an empathetic and holistic state of mind. A vocalist, multi-instrumentalist (guitar, jarana, bass, percussion) and composer, she's a graduate of San Francisco State University who has spent more than half her life songwriting and performing various genres such as Cuban Salsa, Son Jarocho, Cumbia, Jazz and R&B.
Taller Bombalele — Bomba Dance Classes
Taller Bombalele Ensemble is a performance ensemble which focuses on performing and promoting the Puerto Rican music and dance tradition of Bomba. Taller Bombalele was founded in Sept. 2014 by Julia Cepeda (granddaughter of Puerto Rican Bomba Patriarch Don Rafael Cepeda Atiles) and Denise Solis (founder/director of Las Bomberas de la Bahia). Taller Bombalele
offers Bomba percussion and dance classes and hosts Bombazos (Bomba performed informally in community) throughout the Bay Area. Currently Taller Bombalele classes are offered on Saturday afternoons at Rhythmix Cultural Works in Alameda, CA, please visit their website for more information on classes (rhythmix.org).
La Misa Negra is a 7-piece band from Oakland, California, known for their unique blend of heavyweight cumbia and high-energy, Afro-Latin music.On stage, they deliver an electrifying performance that explodes with infectious dance grooves and punk rock energy, powered by horn and accordion-driven riffs, a fierce rhythm section, and a vintage-inspired sound. Since their live debut in the fall of 2011, La Misa Negra has toured the country, sharing stages and festival bills with the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Wonder, Lenny Kravitz, Thievery Corporation, Mon Laferte, Julieta Venegas, Ana Tijoux, Bomba Estereo, George Clinton, Antibalas, Budos Band, and Ozomatli.On the strength of their wild and one-of-a-kind shows, they have gained a reputation as one of the most exciting live bands to emerge from the Bay Area in recent years, garnering a diverse fan base that transcends musical, cultural, and generational divides. Founded by composer, guitarist, and accordion player, Marco Polo Santiago, the band consists of Colombian-born Diana Trujillo (lead vocals), Justin Chin (tenor & baritone sax), Morgan Nilsen (tenor sax & clarinet), Craig Bravo (drums & percussion), Elena de Troya (percussion), and Paul Martin Sounder (upright bass & percussion).Together, the unlikely collective combines a wealth of musical influences as diverse as their cultural backgrounds, but it’s Marco Polo’s affinity for hip-hop and heavy metal that inspires much of the band’s sound and identity – evident in their name, on-stage antics, and popular t-shirt designs. Now, four years after dropping their debut album, La Misa Negra returns with a self-titled, sophomore effort that they’ve jokingly dubbed, “the red album.”Channeling Colombia’s Golden Age, they dive into retro-future cumbia, with tracks like “Me Voy Pa’ Porce”and“Acosadora,” and tap deep into their Afro-Colombian influences by incorporating traditional styles, such as currulao and tambora.They showcase their love for Latin jazz on the monster Salsa tune, “Pistola,”and their hyper-speed reimagining of the Cuban classic, “Yayabo.”They also allude to their non-Latin influences, with instrumental tracks and samples that pay homage to Black Sabbath, Alice in Chains, and Wu-Tang Clan.Finding common ground between their heavy metal leanings and mambo-inspired horn lines, La Misa Negra’s arrangements serve as the perfect delivery mechanism for both their humorous storytelling and exploration of heavier subject matter, like gun violence, water scarcity, and gender inequality. With their second release, the powerhouse septet unleashes 12 tracks that capture the raw energy of their live shows and solidify them as a new force in today’s Afro-Latin music scene.
About Encuentro del Canto Popular:
Founded in 1982, the Encuentro del Canto Popular festival has featured artists from across Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States. It has embraced and promoted nueva canción (new song), traditional music, and innovative Latin fusion that send a melodic message of peace and solidarity to the world. The Encuentro has provided a venue where acclaimed artists come together with emerging musicians to create cultural alchemy and inspiration.
Past artists include: Carlos Santana, La Santa Cecilia, Soltron, La Mecanica Popular, Irene Diaz, Diana Gameros, Bang Data, LoCura, BRWN BFLO, Rupa & The April Fishes, John Santos Quintet, Agustin Lira, Quetzal, Omar Sosa, Tania Libertad, Rafael Manriquez among many more!
Special Thanks to:
Grants for the Arts
California Arts Council