The Plugz Poster

Young musicians in Los Angeles continue to blend Mexican and African American musical forms. With origins in the western Mexican region of Sinaloa, a musical genre called banda became popular in the 1990s among Mexican American youth in Los Angeles. Banda features all-brass instrumentation and is associated with the partner-dancing style La Quebradita. In banda rap, vocalists rap in Spanish over instrumental tracks that fuse hip hop with banda instrumentation and rhythms, including a bass line played on the tuba. The genre speaks powerfully to the experience of Latino youth living between both Mexican and U.S. cultures.