mexico68 Afrobeat Orchestra Quick Press Kit

m68 Bio

East Los meets Lagos (Nigeria)!

mexico68 is L.A’s-own Afrobeat powerhouse that is profoundly inspired by the creative genius of Nigerian musician and activist, Fela Anikulapo Kuti and his classic bands, Afrika 70 and Egypt 80. mexico68 pays respect to the originators of Afrobeat by laboring to faithfully execute their original music, and various Fela covers, as closely as possible to the original sources, while yet infusing their unique experiences, perspectives, and struggles.

Even though mexico68 is a diverse band, consisting of 13 members who hail primarily from East Los Angeles, and surrounding Southern California neighborhoods and cities, the band’s heart and soul are deeply rooted deeply in the East Side of Los Angeles.

mexico68 has shared the stage with many amazing bands and musicians, such as Lee Scratch Perry, The Abyssinians, Red Baraat, Chicano Batman, Jungle Fire, Ethio Cali, Western Standard Time, Anthony B, Pato Banton, The Lions, Buyepongo, Monophonics, as well s various exciting and interesting bands from Los Angeles.

Band Members:

    • Martin Casillas, Keys and Vox
    • Fernie Oviedo Drums
    • Sal Magallon, Percussion
    • Rick Rodriguez, Congas
    • Pavis, Sticks
    • Joanna Vega, Shekere
    • Chris Gonzalez, Bass
    • Gabriel Alvarado, 1st Guitar
    • Tony Oliphant, 2nd Guitar
    • Ravi Carman, Baritone Sax
    • Seung Park, Tenor Sax
    • Danny Moynahan, Baritone Sax
    • Joshua Molle, Trombone
    • Eitan Avineri, Trumpet



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