About La mera Candelaria
La Mera Candelaria is a female-fronted cumbia/son project in Los Angeles, CA. Their unique style of "kitchen cumbia" is light-hearted, humble, and unique in its back-to-the-basics feel. The sound quality and style are reminiscent of those cumbia and son classics you grew up dancing to in the kitchen with your abuela while she cooked on Sunday morning; the type of music that plays in backyard, barefoot family gatherings; or the distant sounds that drift into the dining room from the kitchen of your favorite barrio restaurant. La Mera Candelaria's music and style itself is a vivacious mixture of Colombian-inspired cumbia with a son cubano twist; sassy, humerous, gender-role-defying lyrics; and a humble, countryside sabór!
The group was formed in the summer of 2016 by Bay Area musical transplant, Stephani Candelaria, who previously fronted Oakland's La Misa Negra and Candelaria, and has collaborated with Buyepongo, Viento Callejero, La Junta Collective, and other LA favorites.The four-piece features Stephani Candelaria on vocals and hand percussion, Giovanni Verduzco on cuatro, Moises Baqueiro on bass, and Abel Canel on congas. All four members are based in Los Angeles, and have played, or currently play in, groups including La Misa Negra, Tropicorrillo, Aparato!, and Mariachi Manchester.