La Pelanga at La Peña – A Benefit for Scholar Match


We’re at it again — your pelangueros are cooking up another batch of our one-of-a-kind musical stew. As many of you know, we come with some of the most flavorful rhythms from all corners of Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. We bring to boil the best Cumbia, Salsa Dura, Soukous, Rumba, Merengue, Coupé Décalé, Reggaeton, Afro Beat and more that promises to have you in a serious sweat on the dancefloor.


Here is an antojito mix of some of what we have cooking up for you. 

All proceeds go to SCHOLAR MATCH and LA PEÑA.

SCHOLAR MATCH makes college possible for Bay Area students with financial need, by connecting them with private donors.
LA PEÑA CULTURAL CENTER is a not-for-profit, community-based performing arts and activist center.


Los Chuchos – Cumbia Tokeson


Those of you who are fans of cumbia and live in or around Oaklandia are probably already up on Cumbia Tokeson. Over the past year when groups like Bomba Estereo, Celso Piña, and Cafe Tacvba’s Ruben Albarrans have come to town it’s been Cumbia Tokeson who have been heating up the stage with them. The first time you saw them you probably thought, “Wait, I know these dudes”. That’s because they consist of members of tex-punk-cumbia heroes Fuga and Oakland’s La Colectiva. With  Tokeson you’ll hear hints of those former groups, but with a fresh take—mixing up Peruvian Chicha, Colombian Cumbia and Mexican Sonidera.

Of course La Pelanga loves digging for 30+ year old records, but make no mistake discovering new music is just as exciting. Here are a couple of blazing tracks off their debut EP, Los Chuchos Vol.1 For info on their upcoming shows and future releases checkout their FB page.

DJ Pozole

Ray Barretto – Margie

I’m sure a lot of collectors can sympathize: I have a big pile of *great* records that I still haven’t had the time to listen to, not even once. Yeah, yeah, something about wanting to *really* listen to them… If you understand, you understand.

Anygüey, I tell you this because last night I had this really vivid dream where I *finally* played this incredible record that has been in that pile for more than six months. I figure that’s a sign, no?


Margie by Ray Barreto

Does it happen to you?



La Pelanga at Accepted Eclectic


On Nov. 2, we had the pleasure of visiting the studios of All Day Play radio for a special issue of Accepted Eclectic. We brought a special set in support of the general strike in Oakland, California, and the many inspiring movements fighting for social justice, economic equality, and educational access in the Middle East, Chile, Nueva York, Colombia, and elsewhere.

In case you missed the show, you can listen online here:

Big up to DJ Smokestack for hosting us!


Carlos Lleras + Huber Araujo – Estudiante en marcha

Reverend Milton Brunson – All power

Raphy Leavitt + Orquesta La Selecta – Jibaro soy

Raíces – Señor presidente

Frankie Dante + Orchestra Flamboyan  – Presidente Dante

Grupo Canalon – Una sola raza

Grupo Taone – La ley de gravedad

Prince Nico Mbarga – Free education

Geraldo Pino and the Heart Beats – Power to the people

Juancho Polo Valencia – Campesino Desamparado

Fuga – 1 de Mayo

Occupy Oakland – Occupy El Radio


This Wednesday, November 2 in Oakland California there will be the first mass general strike in the Occupy Wall Street movement. Thousands are expected to be converging on Oscar Grant/Frank Ogawa Plaza to protest the current system that has allowed the massive disparity in wealth across the world. Su pelangueros plan to be there to protest and contribute. We’ll be playing our favorite take-to-the streets, power-to-the-people, el-pueblo-unido inspired records LIVE, just blocks away from the heart of the protests at All Day Play (Youth Radio studios).

Our good friend DJ Smokestack will be hosting us on his weekly live podcast radio show Accepted Eclectic at 6 PM, (time has been moved up to 5 or 5:30PM) PST. Hopefully many of you will be able to participate directly, but for those who can’t—be sure to tune in online as we join the sounds of La Pelanga with the chorus of the 99%.

Here is a little taste…

La Ley De Gravedad by Grupo Taoné

Grupo Taoné_La Ley de gravedad