Los Cafres Brings Latin American Reggae To The Regent Check out our thoughts and review from their performance!
LOS ANGELES, CA- To speak of Argentina is to speak of a prominent player on the global stage, a country that has gifted us exquisite cuisine, world-class soccer, and seductive women who inspired captivating literature.
But we cannot forget its incomparable rock. Argentinian rock is truly one of a kind; a class of music that left its impression on generations and inspired a revolution from south to north, from Soda Stereo to Andres Calamaro to Fito Páez.
Along with its unique rock sound, the country’s own brand of reggae and ska is a style that is celebrated around the world. Pioneers of this genre, the talented Los Cafres, celebrated 30 years of their extensive catalog at the Regent Theater in Downtown Los Angeles on August 30th to promote their new album “HOY, Tres Décadas Vol. 1” and as part of their North American tour, which will continue into 2020.
Los Cafres’ signature sound, blending ska, jazz and dub have been evolving since the band’s beginnings in 1987, launching them into the spotlight and making them one of the most recognizable Latin American reggae bands today. Much of their music carries a spiritual and romantic message, set to surrealist tones; a true ballad for the soul.
Their career took off with their debut album, 1994’s “Frecuencia Cafre,” partially recorded at Kingston Jamaica’s Tuff Gong studios, featuring performances with reggae superstar Jimmy Cliff as well as with ska giants Los Fabulosos Cadillacs. With the release of this landmark album, their music career skyrocketed, making Los Cafres one of the most popular reggae bands in Latin America.
Their concert at the Regent Theater had the band performing to a packed house of enthusiastic and dancing fans. The band kicked off their set with songs from their new album “HOY, Tres Décadas Vol. 1,” with stand out songs such as ‘Este Jardin’, featuring a fusion of an orchestra sound and their unique Cafre style. Vocalist Guillermo Bonetto energized the crowd, snapping photos and taking videos with the fans. The band ended the evening with songs from their album ‘Espejitos’, performing hits such as‘Aire’ and ‘De me Mente,’ in which the crowd lovingly sang along.
Los Cafres gifted the audience with an intimate and one of a kind concert and showed that even after 30 years they can still create music with a global reach, transcending borders and languages.