La Misa Negra is a powerhouse 7-piece band founded by composer, guitarist, and accordion player, Marco Polo Santiago, known for their unique blend of heavyweight cumbia and high-energy, Afro-Latin music. They produce electrifying performances that mix dance grooves and punk rock, horn and accordion-driven riffs, and a vintage-inspired sound that seems to never stop as long as people can dance. La Misa Negra has toured the country, sharing stages and festival bills with the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Wonder, Lenny Kravitz, Thievery Corporation, Mon Laferte, Julieta Venegas, and Ozomatli. They have gained a reputation as one of the most exciting live bands to emerge from the Bay Area in recent years, with a diverse fan base that transcends musical, cultural, and generational divides. Their new album, La Misa Negra captures the raw energy of their live shows and solidifies them as a new force in today’s Afro-Latin music scene.
Currently based in Oakland, CA, the band consists of Colombian-born Diana Trujillo (lead vocals), Justin Chin (tenor & baritone sax), Morgan Nilsen (tenor sax & clarinet), Craig Bravo (drums & percussion), Elena de Troya (percussion), and Paul Martin Sounder (upright bass & percussion). Together, the unlikely collective combines a wealth of musical influences as diverse as their cultural backgrounds, but it’s Marco Polo’s affinity for hip-hop and heavy metal that inspires much of the band’s sound and identity – evident in their name, on-stage antics, and popular t-shirt designs. Now, four years after dropping their debut album, La Misa Negra returns with a self-titled, sophomore effort that they’ve jokingly dubbed, “the red album,” La Misa Negra that captures the raw energy of their live shows and solidified them as a new force in today’s Afro-Latin music scene.