19/02/2019Wrap Your Heads Around This Thrilling Southern Californian Five-Piece

Situated in close proximity to the metropolitan area of Los Angeles, Southern California's Inland Empire was a major center of agriculture at the end of the 19th century. Today the enclave is home to the "sixth largest Spanish-speaking population among all US metropolitan areas" and remains fertile in the sense of a "growing scene of Afro-Latin independent music".

Among this new generation of "intrepid musical explorers" is Yanga, a thrilling five-piece led by "John D’Alessandro’s accordion and the fiery female voice of Eddika Organista (El Haru Kuroi)". The band has been on the rise with its "traditional bouillabaisse of [Colombian] Afro-Carib rhythms, the likes of cumbia, garabato, tambora or zambapalo" and recently delivered a stellar, beautifully designed, double-7" debut on Brooklyn-based imprint Names You Can Trust (Bixiga 70 / Frente Cumbiero / Malphino).

"Libérate (Volumen 1&2)" features four captivating tunes, bound to set alight the dingiest of bodegas. Did someone just say "Ron Con Limon"?! Head over to Bandcamp to indulge in Yanga's indelible sonic landscape, specked with "subtle psychedelia" and "classical sounds of the tropical '70s", making for "a pefect juxtaposition of vintage and modern". Or watch their latest live(ly) performance for Beats of All-Nations below.  

Yanga are
John D'Alessandro (acordeon)
Tony Martin III (bajo electrónico)
Eddika Organista (voz y semilla)
Daniel McCormick (tambora y voz)
Eduardo Valencia (tambor alegre)

AUTHOR: Lev Nordstrom