Radio Jarocho plays son jarocho, the rowdy, upbeat, and at times melancholic music of the countryside of Veracruz, Mexico, and mixes it with the sounds of New York’s urban life. Having recently joined forces with master jarana player and poet Zenen Zeferino, they deliver performances that are passionate, energetic, and true to the roots of the genre. With original songs and new arrangements for old jarocho tunes, Radio Jarocho & Zenen Zeferino have played concerts at festivals and venues in the east coast, including Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater and Millennium Stage, Brooklyn Bowl, Joe’s Pub, La Casita at Lincoln Center, Le Poisson Rouge, Celebrate Mexico Now!, MusikFest, and Celebrate Brooklyn. They have just released a live recording of Zeferino’s original songs that can be heard here and are currently working on a new album due out in early 2018.
- “Radio Jarocho, the New York City-based band is the most established son jarocho outfit on the East Coast. ” – Siddhartha Mitte, The Boston Globe.
- “The woody, string-happy, sound of son jarocho — indigenous to the Mexican town of Veracruz — gets a personal make-over here. Radio Jarocho puts original twists to traditional Mexican folk songs”. – Jim Farber, Daily News.
Our album Café Café is available now. Co-produced by Grammy Award-winning Alex Venguer, the album features nine original songs, including the title track, “Conga Libre,” and “La Tristeza,” plus a lively rendition of “Bemba y Tablao” performed with son jarocho legend Patricio Hidalgo. Get it now on iTunes, Amazon, or Bandcamp.
Join us at one of our performances and hear the tracks live. If you can’t make it in person, find out what you’re missing; watch a video of our concert at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
What are people saying about Radio Jarocho’s Café Café?
“I haven’t heard something this sexy in a night club in a really long time.” – NPR Music Alt.Latino‘s Jasmine Garsd.
“This New York based band mine flinty traditional Mexican jarocho music, then fracture it through a modern sensibility of their own.” – Jim Farber’s Top Ten in Music, Daily News.
Check out the album on bandcamp! Listen to tracks:
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