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Bay Area Beats: LoCura


San Francisco band LoCura reflects the bay area’s mix of cultures and histories. LoCura blends flamenco, Cuban son, reggae, cumbia and ska to make their own revolutionary party music. KALW caught up with the band’s lead singer Kata Miletich and guitarist Bob Sanders in this story from our archives.

KATA MILETICH: The concept of ida y vuelta is a concept that really inspires us in LoCura. Ida y vuelta means the going and the coming back, so round trip, essentially. It’s this idea of songs and traditions and styles of music that traveled with people coming from Spain – the sailors, the colonizers, and the Africans – to las Americas, and those traditions mixing here with the indigenous folks, the different styles and traditions here. And then from Cuba, going back to Spain, and then getting incorporated into flamenco.

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Full Disclosure: Bob Sanders is also the guitarist in KALW's Martina Castro's band, Makru.

This story originally aired on May 15, 2012.

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