CALIFAS MESTIZO MUSIC: Direct from San Francisco’s fertile music scene, LoCura taps into the diverse sounds that have a rich history in the Bay Area, weaving them together in an uncanny way to reveal their common roots. Mixing Flamenco with Reggae and weaving Cumbia with Ska through contagious rhythms and multiple languages, their music takes you on a ride through a day in the emerging globalized experience where the movement of people and ideas are in constant flux. Reflecting lead vocalist Kata’s own experience of growing up Spanish American in Spain, Italy, and the U.S., LoCura’s music rides the borders of identity and migration piecing together a mosaic of our myriad cultures and experiences. In Spain the expression "Ida y Vuelta" is used to describe certain styles within Flamenco that made a "round-trip" from Spain to Latin America, mixing with music from the African slave and Indigenous populations. With this idea of music traveling and music as creative resistance, LoCura takes the trip back again mixing it up with their own Califas Flamenkito, Reggae, and Cuban Son styles. Moved by the music that crosses borders and takes root in different lands, LoCura draws from this creative 'rebelde' spirit to cultivate the cures passed on from our ancestors.
With a cast of San Francisco's most diverse musicians, LoCura mixes Latin styles like Rumba Flamenca, Cuban rhythms, Cumbia, and Ska together in a brand they've dubbed 'Califas Flamenkito' (California Flamenco-inspired Rebel Music). Fronted by Spanish-American vocalist Kata Miletich, LoCura reflects the global mosaic of its home in San Francisco through their distinctive style and brings their experiences to life in their sophomore album Semilla Caminante. With lyrics in Spanish, English and Spanglish, themes range from border issues, immigrants rights to urban life and making another world possible.
Marked by Kata's raw and infectious voice, the band's growth from a trio composed of Flamenco Guitar, Cajon (box drum), and vocals to a now seven-piece band has only allowed for their sound to become more intimate and evocative in their unique combination of Funk and Salsa Drum set and Trumpet, Cuban Percussion, Afro-Beat Bass, and a Flamenco dancer, keeping the spirit alive among the tradition of genre bending bands like Ojos de Brujo, Ozomatli, and Lila Downs.
LoCura has toured the U.S, Canada, Mexico and Spain playing music festivals and sharing the stage with renowned artists such as Ziggy Marley, Beats Antique, Les Nubiens, and Zap Mama and in their home town they have sold out venues like The Great American Music Hall and The Independent.