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    Y La Bamba On World Cafe Hear the indie-pop group play songs from its forthcoming album, Oh February, and discuss its fusion of traditional Mexican music and alternative rock.
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One of the most haunting yet captivating bands, Y La Bamba is an alternative latino ensemble hailing from Portland, Oregon. Formed in 2008, the band has enjoyed constant support from the Portland local music scene. Infusing traditional Mexican music and old school Mexican 30’s music with alternative rock, Y La Bamba guides listeners through an emotional journey where one can visit the finely tuned melodies of Latin-inspired music.
The lead vocalist, Luzelena Mendoza, is consistently applauded for her indistinguishable and powerful voice. Capturing the attention of local musicians in Portland, Mendoza was able to collaborate with various talented artists, many of whom ended up completing the Y La Bamba ensemble with her.

Impressed by their local success and distinct talent, Tender Loving Empire decided to sign this harmonious ensemble highly influenced by Mexican culture. The band has recently released a fresh EP entitled Oh February (Tender Loving Empire) and it has already garnered a plethora of critical praise. Produced by Chris Funk, the Decemberists’ band member who engineered the band’s 2010 debut album Lupon, Y La Bamba is well on its way to becoming a more recognizable group. Wrapping up an east coast tour with Grammy-nominated American folk rock band The Lumineers, Y La Bamba is set to continue promoting their music throughout the country with numerous other bands. Listen to their luscious and rich harmonies that continue to trap listeners across the nation.

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Recent Release: Oh February EP
Release Date: January 29, 2013
Label: Tender Loving Empire
Band Origin: Portland, Oregon

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