When it comes to activist groups in the Los Angeles music scene, the name Los Cafeteras comes up often. The team that brought a unique mixture of Afro-Mexican (son jarocho), along with hip hop, folk, and native styles to get social messages across is releasing a new video this Wednesday March 8th, International Woman’s Day. The song is a newer dance type remix called “Mujer Soy.” (I am woman.) thanks to Yukicito, of Los Angeles DJ Crew LA JUNTA SOUND SYSTEM.
The video focuses on the true story of Maryann Aguirre. It follows her daily obstacles in Eastwood, Los Angeles. The duel challenge of single motherhood along with the pressure of being a community leader is revealed through her resolve, patience, and dignity.
“In a time when women are too often degraded in the club, we’re trying to reclaim the dance floor with this song to celebrate & uplift women,”
states Daniel French, member of Las Cafeteras.
The original version was both written and recorded with traditional instruments to bring to light and pay respect to the varied experiences women face at home, on the streets, and in sweatshops around the world. Band member Denise Carlos explains,
“This is a song calling out the injustices done to women, but also highlighting the POWER and resiliency women inherently possess.”
Los Cafeteras shows once again that they have their finger on the pulse of social reform as they produce a worthy tribute example of what International Women’s Day is all about.