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La Gente is a Bay Area based group led by Colombian/Nicaraguan San Francisco born singer-songwriter Rafael Bustamante Sarria who is also a Resident Artist and the Director of Performance Programming at the Red Poppy Art House and organizer for M.A.P.P. (Mission Arts Performance Program). La Gente is a cultural and musical collective has created their own unique Cali-fusion of Reggae, Salsa, Hip-Hop, Cumbia, Rock, and Reggaeton. They perform a high energy dance party with politically and socially charged lyrics and feature a host of guest musicians and Mc's at every show. The group was founded in 2001 by Rafael Sarria and Diana George and was orignally called "The People". Since then They have performed numerous festivals, universities, radio stations and major venues from San Francisco to Los Angeles to New York, including the Great American Music Hall, Slims, Yoshi's San Francisco, Mezzanine, Elbo Room, the VIPER ROOM, Club Vinyl, and the Knitting Factory. La Gente has also performed in Cartagena-Colombia, Managua-Nicaragua, Santiago-Chile and have spent over a year of touring in Europe. Their popularity and showmanship have found them sharing bills with well known major recording artists such as E-40, Lyrics Born, The Digital Underground, George Clinton and The P-Funk All Stars, Coolio, B-Side Players, Sila, Pato Banton, Rupa & The April Fishes, Batch & Ras Attitude, Pete Escovedo and Hyro-Glyphics.
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