Guarandinga is Oakland, California’s latest sonic awakening led by singer/lyricist Rowan Jimenez and bassist/producer Jeremy Allen. Their unconventional music weaves heavy Afro-Caribbean beats fueled by folklore, pop, and gritty East Bay funk. This creates the perfect platform for the Spanish & English wordplay of Jimenez’s soulful lyrics. Jimenez received notoriety as founder and lead vocalist for the Bay Area's Latin alternative band OriXa, which received a California Music Award for "Outstanding Latin Album" and the ASCAP Latino Award for "Best Independent Group”.
Rowan Jimenez and Jeremy Allen are joined by six remarkable musicians to create Guarandinga’s multidimensional music: vocalist Kenya Moses, vocalist Edgar Lavado, drummer Brian Andres, guitarist Chris Carter, keyboard/synth player Cava Menzies, and electro trumpeter Henry Hung. They take inspiration from across the musical spectrum; their influences range from recognizable artists (Yerba Buena, Bomba Stereo, Anti Balas) to genres and eras that don’t initially appear to fit together (hip hop, alt-latin, rock, early electronica, and dancehall). It is this chemistry and Guarandinga’s Afro-Venezuelan roots (relatively unknown to the pop world) that makes this band’s original music provocative and infectious. Their unique blend of seemingly disparate sounds would lead one to describe the band as defying categorization.
On the cusp of a new era of Afro-Latin electronica, the band is looking forward to the release of it’s first EP in Spring 2017. This album has been a year in the making and marks the evolution of Guarandinga’s distinctive sound. The band remains in high demand with performances throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
Rowan Jimenez - vocals, percussion
Jeremy Allen - bass, vocals, cuatro, percussion
Kenya Moses - percussion, vocals
Chris Carter - guitar
Brian Andres - drums
James "Sticknasty" Small - drums
Makini Duewa - dancer