We’re finally back en La Sala after a year of doing multiple DJ residencies. Party events are fun, but hard work as well, and unfortunately it meant pushing pause on the podcast recordings. Now that we’ve wrapped those up we’ve plugged our mics back in and are ready to share more rare records from around the world with specials guests coming through the door. In this episode we are joined by artist Sita Bhaumik. She’s en La Sala with us to talk about her new exhibition Estamos contra el muro | We Are Against the Wall and to preview the exclusive Migration Mixtape we are producing for the show.
GET YOUR BOLETOS AHORA! For those of you on the West Coast, unless you have been living under a Donald Trump size hair piece for the past 10 years, then you are already know that Afro-latin music in the US is experiencing una nueva onda/renaissance. Leading the way have been diverse inspiring groups such as La Santa Cecilia, Las Cafeteras, Los Rakas, Chicano Batman, Bang Data, Very Be Careful, Quita Penas, La Misa Negra, Buyepongo, Thee Commons and Soltron to name a few. In fact, it was last year back stage with Las Cafeteras where they said to us we had to check out this new band out of Kansas City called Making Movies (<<<<1 of best band-websites we’ve seen). “Huh??? K.C.???” was our collective thought bubble. But we did exactly that and partnered with them at our favorite Mission art gallery, Artillery. Well shit, there went another preconceived notion (see links below). This is why we insisted they come back to feature at our monthly. That month is April and we can’t wait to have them on stage to share their take on bi-national, bi-cultural, and all feel-good music WITH one of the best local instant party groups—Pasto Seco Band! If you don’t know about Pasto Seco yet, you probably haven’t been out drinking in the Bay Area enough. Friday April 8th | Brick and Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco | $15 adv, $20 door, 18 and over proper cover of Aguanile by Making Movies
Real talk, how many of your favorite groups perform songs about the day-to-day stories and struggles that you and everyday working people in our communities face? Sadly, there are far too few. That’s why two of the most beloved groups to come out of the Bay Area in recent years are Mass Bass and BRWN BFLO. If you have heard their banging music then you know how uplifting it is to have these artists represent our neighborhoods and homelands. If you haven’t yet, take a listen: On Friday, March 4 La Pelanga proudly welcomes Mass Bass and Somos One from BRWN BFLO to The Brick and Mortar Music Hall. Advance tickets only $12!!! A not-to-miss show that will feature Somos One’s new EP Two Vagos w/ special guests, Mass Bass’ Movement Movin‘ music and La Pelanga’s global dance floor records. RSVP here. 9PM | 18 and over | 1710 Mission St, San Francisco
It’s a been a while since I’ve shared any recent additions to the collection. Considering, I thought we’d get back to the basics with the simple, sunny tune – Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La Si, Do – by Haitian bandleader Raoul Guillaume et Son Groupe. I don’t remember learning the musical scale back in school being so groovy! Do_Re_Mi_Raoul Guillaume_Et_Son Groupe Salud, Smokestack
A beautiful tribute from the greatest singer of Congolese rhumba, Tabu Ley Rochereau et l’african fiesta national for one of the greatest men the US ever gave birth to. Martin Luther King (part 1) Tabu_Ley-MLK1 Martin Luther King (part 2) Tabu_Ley-MLK2
Continued thanks to all of you that have come out to our new series La Pelanga en La Misión. Each night has been a reflection of our musical inspiration and community that we have loved celebrating with you all. This month we keep the flow going with another group we absolutely love—Viento Callejero. We’re excited to welcome them to The Bay with their fresh LA take on cumiba. Viento Callejero have been playing in bands you likely already know and love like Chicano Batman, La Santa Cecilia, Tokeson and Sistema Bomb. Their paths have thankfully joined to record one the best new cumbia records. Check out their song La Burrita. This show will also be the debut release of their BRAND NEW 7″ SINGLE: Remolino !!!!! Viento Callejero-Remolindo If you can get down with this and love dancing to the records from La Pelanga DJs, get your tickets now and $ave. FRI, NOV 6 at The Brick and Mortar Music Hall Doors open at 9pm. $12 Adv, $15 at the door
If you have been to our latest party series La Pelanga en La Misión at the Brick and Mortar Music Hall then you already know we’re bringing some serious musical heat—combining the best new bands with our unique vinyl mixture of the West African, Caribbean and Latin music. This month on Saturday, October 3 we’re hosting Quitapenas. If you haven’t checked this band out yet, this is your chance to get introduced to their blazing hot afro-caribbean mezcla… [embedyt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eV_TKQU5gxY[/embedyt] AND it’s their vinyl release party of their brand new 7″ single Mas Tropical/Que Te Pasa AND we will be celebrating Pelanga’s libra birthday DJs, China Tu Madre and Pozole! All this combined means the minute you walk through the door you’ll be in the middle of the hottest community dance party in the Bay. Don’t miss out! Don’t forget, get your tickets early and put those dollars saved towards your first drink.
Have you heard that we’re starting a monthly Pelanga party in La Mision at the Brick & Mortar? That’s right! We’re kicking things off Friday July 31st with West Coast-bred Boogaloo Assassins. These twelve latin soul brothers have steeped their rich Los Angeles roots with the often emulated sounds of New York’s Spanish Harlem to make Old Love Dies Hard (2013) – a six song EP on the Sicario/Fania labels, that’s guaranteed to bring your whole family to the dance floor. Old Love Dies Hard combines three of the group’s original recordings with covers of several perennial tracks, including a seamless, montuno-drenched version of Dawn Penn’s dancehall classic, You Don’t Love Me (No No No). Boogaloo Assassins — No No No For the long time lover of latin soul, Boogaloo Assassins will take you on a walk through the familiar musical landscape of East Harlem in the 60’s and 70’s. Think of boogaloo, salsa, and soul classics on storied labels like Allegre, Fania, and Tico – but with a sunny infusion of laid back California swing. For the uninitiated, simply ask yourself the question – do you wanna dance? If the answer is yes, then we’ll see you at the show! Or if you’re on the fence about it, reconsider as Boogaloo Assassins reframe the question with their original composition and instant party starter – Do You Wanna Dance. Boogaloo Assassins — Do You Wanna Dance So, now what’s your answer? DJ Smokestack
This month we welcome professional archivist and deejay T-Kay, host of Hip-Hop Hurray out of Austin, Texas and The Afternoon Love-In from DubLab. T-Kay has traveled the world collecting records and visits La Sala with a collection of 45s she picked up from one of her favorite cities Sao Paulo, Brasil. As always, music knows no borders and it doesn’t take long before we’re off to Indonesia, Singapore, Angola and Sierra Leon. Join us for another one-of-a-kind musical journey en La Sala. PELS: Brazil and beyond with T-Kay
This month we visit the island referred to as Kiskeya or Quisqueya depending which side of the shared border of Haïti or La República Dominicana you live on. To lead us through a vinyl exploration of this beautiful shared musical history we are joined by former Music Director at KALX of UC Berkeley and current Latin Music Curator and Programmer at Pandora, Marcos Juarez. Important Note: This podcast was recorded before the recent disturbing deportation of Haitians taking place in the D.R. Pelanga en La Sala: Episode 10 – Kiskeya & Quisqueya
Our favorite brown knights, Chicano Batman are coming back to the Bay on Friday, May 15 in San Francisco at The Brick and Motor and then the following night, May 16 in Oakland at Leo’s Music Club. La Pelanga will be teaming up with them for both shows along with Thee Commons for two nights of connecting past with present and soul to somos. In other words—you best be ready to rock out and dance. Be warned, every show they have had in the Bay has sold out. There’s nothing we’ve hated more than having to turn beautiful gente away. Get your tickets now while they are still available! Friday, May 15 at Brick & Mortar, 1710 Mission St, San Francisco – 9PM Saturday, May 16 at Leo’s Music Club, 5447 Telegraph Ave, Oakland – 9PM