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  • Podcast with Cuicani, a Los Angles Music Collective


    Cuicani is a singer-songwriter’s collective comprised of five Los Angeles based musicians. The music of Cuicani features the talented Mavens: Marlene Beltran Cuauhtin and Marisa Martinez, who provide rich vocals and harmonies along with Tony “Tone-Irie” Sauza on vocals and guitar. I spoke with Marlene, Marisa and Tony on a series of steps in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. 


    In their own words, "The word  “Cuicani” is a Nahuatl word that means “Singer.” We chose this name because we felt it evoked the importance of exercising one’s voice, and also of giving a voice to the voiceless. Established in 2012, Cuicani’s eclectic mix of members reflects the diversity of the city it calls home. In our three years together we have written and recorded over 15 original songs with themes such as: environmental justice, immigration rights, and protesting police brutality. "


    Not surprisingly I was drawn to their sound and mission.



    A release celebration will be held on the album’s launch day at Center for the Arts Eagle Rock. The community-focused event will include an art installation and workshop celebrating the home as imagined by Ofelia EsparzaRosanna EsparzaFelicia Montesand other notable Eastside artists, as well as a performance by Entre Mujeres as part of the screening of the mini-documentary on the making of the Entre Mujeres: Translocal Musical Dialogues album project by Professor Martha Gonzalez, front-woman of the GRAMMY® winning band Quetzal. Special guest band Quetzal performs followed by the headlining concert by Cuicani.

    Now & Then Album Release Celebration
    Friday, March 25th from 6:00 – 11:00 pm
    Center For The Arts Eagle Rock
    2225 Colorado Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90041
    Tickets $20 (includes Now & Then CD)


    Now & Then is a 16-track double album that reflects Cuicani’s work in three distinct studio sessions, the first at Coney Island Studios with Grammy® winning percussionist/engineer Alberto Lopez (member of Quetzal and Jungle Fire), the second with Grammy® winning producer/musician Quetzal Flores (founder of Quetzal), and the last at 54 East Sound Studios with producer/songwriter London Parker McWhorterNow & Then also represents two phases of the band’s career—early work makes up the first half of the album titled “Then,” and the second disc includes the recently written “Now” tracks. The album takes you through a range of world, soul, Latin, and Afro-Caribbean sounds that include reggae, dancehall, cumbia, timba, son, rock, and blues. The songs circle around themes of cultural identity, struggle of the working class, empowering community, heartbreak, love, and unity, while maintaining an uplifting sound and flow.
  • We are looking for an E Commerce Intern! Come join the family


    El Huateque is a national leader focusing of Latino social media. We are uncompromisingly progressive and seek out vendors and musicians that align with our values. In our almost two year of existent we have quickly become a leading voice through our Facebook, Twitter and Web Page. We are looking to expand by increasing revenue to put together shows all over the country and pay freelance writers a fair wage.
    We are looking for a passionate and motivated, hardworking individual with strong interest in e-commerce, marketing and analytics. This is a great opportunity for candidates who are interested in first-hand experience in being the resource engine that will drive the growth of the website and our progressive vision.
    This internship will include a small stipend that will increase as sales increase. Long-term opportunities are contingent on sales. Geographic location is open.
    • Setup and launch of online ad campaigns
    • Assist with merchandising of product on site
    • Assist with online traffic and sales analysis for growth opportunities
    • Research and assess potential sales partners
    • Experience in driving sales through Social Media such as Instagram and Pinterest
    • Experience with Ecommerce platforms is a plus
    What You Will Learn:
    • Create a long-term online marketing and social media marketing campaign.
    • Interact and build relationships with our online community by maintaining online media accounts.
    • Assist the founder in building and presenting social media strategy.
    To apply please submit your resume and cover letter to
  • Be Gone Chipsterlife! We are Now El Huateque began as an experiement to test our insight that there are very few latino spaces online with a strong progressive voice. What surprised many of us is that we were right. While amazing work is being done by the likes of and we came to realize that we could compliment their path breaking work by adding our attentiveness to the emerging artistic and expressive work of groups such as Chicano Batman, Viento Callejero, Mexico 68, among others. We began discovered our own voices as journalists and commentators as we have strung together pieces examining gentrification in Highland Park, investigating Slumlords in South Minneapolis, drawing attention to the racist Santa Barbara News Press and long form stories from friends all over the country.


    We are proud of the work we have done and the voice we are crafting. This project is no longer an experiment but an uncompromising digital space with a clear voice and purpose. It is with this in mind that we are moving away from what seems an unfit name “chipsterlife” and instead assert ourselves into a vision of documenting and reflecting on the politics in the art forms that our communities are developing. We will write without restraint, grounded in our experiences and devotion to crafting our own brand of journalism and storytelling that tells a narrative different from other media outlet.

    In truth chipsterlife was a placeholder and a joke few seemed to get. At the outset we hoped it would take advantage of the emerging interest in the term, but began growing frustrated with its political stagnation and association with the community of folks, “hipsters,”  that have exacerbated gentrification and alienation with the communities we love. Despite this, we do love plastic rimmed glasses, records and La Cita in our native Los Angeles, but those are just objects and an aesthetic. It’s not what drives the beating of our hearts, what moves us to protest injustices, stay up late at night carefully crafting a new post, and honoring the lives of those we write about.

    While the project will continue to evolve as we consistently constantly examine our place in the world, we are confident with who we are and are now capable of really embracing what the website has become and realize what it could be. This is a call to accept us as we see ourselves, but also a call for our audience to embrace their own voice and contribute content. If you have been following us you know what we are about. Stand with us and amplify our collective voice. We are devoted to sharing this experience with you and continue crafting it together

    Wait hold on... so what is El Huateque?

    You know we arent entirely sure. It's often spelled with an h and is attributed to Mexican, Venezuelan and Cuban pre hispanic communities. Near as we can tell different communities define it for themselves since it's so colloquial and that is awesome! Thats what the site is about: people embracing it on their own terms and taking the time to find content they enjoy. In any case, our understanding is that Huateque refers to a party, a festive gathering place where stories are shared and communities come together.

    We love it and we are now El Huateque

     Con amor, solidaridad e intención

    Filiberto Nolasco Gomez

    and the Huateques

  • Ep. 23 Chopping it up with Artist Monica Diaz!

    Our latest and greatest!
    We sat down with our new artists buddy Monica Diaz. 
    She has a Frida Kahlo shirt inspired by her mother on the site.
    So if you like the podcast buy it! 
    I don't have much to say about this one other then she is great and I invite you to dive into our chat. Its always a good feeling supporting local artists. 

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