La Mera Candelaria is the perfect Latin dance group for your party or event! This flexible, female-fronted project can range from a tropical, earthy five-piece (vocals, bass, cuatro/tres, timbales, congas) to a diverse fusion group with the optional addition of Colombian-style accordion. A lively blend of original music and Latino favorites (including Selena, Celso Piña, and more covers!), La Mera Candelaria is the Los Angeles Area's hottest up-and-coming tropical party that is sure to be the perfect live entertainment for your event! Though we primarily play cumbia, our set includes a heavy dose of Caribbean-style salsa, with a sprinkle of merengue, reggaeton, and other infectious Latin rhythms that are sure to keep your guests smiling, dancing and feeling great! We are happy to travel anywhere in California, Mexico, and surrounding states, and are also willing to accept song requests within our genre, for the right price. Our performance can range anywhere from half an hour to three 45-minute sets. Please take a look at our live performances by searching "La Mera Candelaria" on YouTube!
Here's a little more about La Mera Candelaria...
The project was launched in summer 2017 by Bay Area musical transplant, Stephani "La Mera" Candelaria, who has been performing as front-woman/vocalist since 2008-- her previous groups include Tambores de Colombia, La Misa Negra, Candelaria, and she has been featured as a collaborator/guest vocalist with Discos Resaca, Buyepongo, Viento Callejero, Tone Irie, and La Junta Collective. She has also ventured into the realm of musical theater, most recently starring in Luis Valdez' recent production of "Zoot Suit" at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles (2017). After moving to Los Angeles, Candelaria quickly put together a new project focused around her own original material, drawing from her experience as a Bay Area cumbia singer, and her fond childhood memories of going to rehearsals and gigs with her mother, a salsa singer. The project's combination of Colombian-style cumbia with Caribbean salsa is what makes this new project so unique-- while the rhythms and bass lines suggest classic cumbia, the group utilizes a Puerto Rican cuatro (or sometimes a Cuban tres), as the lead instrument, lending to the group's unmistakable earthy, Caribbean sabór. This brand-new take on Latin dance music has quickly gained the attention of venues and other entertainers up and down the West Coast. Though still relatively new to the scene, La Mera Candelaria has already shared the stage with Mexican cumbia legend Celso Piña, Bay Area heavyweights Bang Data, and Los Angeles visionary NKRiot, and has quickly built a reputation from LA, to the Bay Area, to Sacramento as an infectious, powerhouse, and ultimately, unforgettable performance.
La Mera Candelaria released her first, self-titled EP in August of 2017 (available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, and more), and is currently in production for a 2nd EP (to be released summer 2018). Depending on the event, band members can include: Tony Sauza (bass), Abel Canel (timbales), Anita Garay (congas), Greg Hernandez (cuatro), John Villalobos (tres), and Ivan Flores (accordion).