About La mera Candelaria
La Mera Candelaria is a female-fronted, cumbia-son solo project based in Los Angeles, CA. Stephani "La Mera" Candelaria's unique style is a light-hearted, vivacious mixture of tropical rhythms; sassy, humorous lyrics that deliver a powerfully feminist message; and a humble, countryside sabór!
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, and Candelaria, and she has been featured as a collaborator/guest vocalist with Discos Resaca, Buyepongo, Viento Callejero, Tone Irie, and La Junta Collective. After moving to Los Angeles, Candelaria quickly put together a new project focused around her own original material, and began the process of creating a new, tasty sub-genre of Latin dance music, one she loosely dubs "cumbia-son." The project's combination of Colombian-style cumbia with Son Cubano is what makes it so unique and unforgettable-- while the rhythms and bass lines suggest classic cumbia, the group utilizes 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 up and down the West Coast as an infectious, powerhouse, and ultimately, unforgettable performance.
La Mera Candelaria released her 2nd EP, titled "No te enojes," on August 28, 2018 (listen and purchase on Bandcamp). She is currently in production for her 3rd release, and first full-length album, "Si, reina," set for release in 2019.
The rotating roster of musicians includes: Tony Sauza (bass), Joaquin Zamudio (bass), Mario Leal (bass), Abel Canel (timbales), Anita Garay (congas/timbales), Jhonathan Angulo (congas), Angelo Salazar (tres), John Villalobos (tres), and Ivan Flores (accordion).