Guarandinga is Oakland, California’s latest sonic awakening led by singer/lyricist Rowan "Roc'D" Jiménez and bassist/producer Jeremy "Musiquito" 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 Jiménez’s soulful lyrics. Jiménez 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" "MTVes Buzzworthy" for the Siembra video and the ASCAP Latino Award for "Best Independent Group”.

Rowan "Roc'D" Jiménez and Jeremy "Musiquito" Allen created Guarandinga as an even more adventurous excursion where the spark plugs have surrounded themselves with high voltage musicianship! Guitarist Chris Carter (Bayonics) help to ignite Guarandinga’s multidimensional music. And it all combust as on stage they feature Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel leader Brian Andres, who shares the drum chair with Fantastic Negrito’s James "Sticknasty" Small. They take inspiration from across the musical spectrum; their influences range from recognizable artists (Yerba Buena, Bomba Stereo, Anti Balas, SideStepper).

Rowan "Roc'D" Jiménez and Jeremy "Musiquito" Allen have developed a dance-inducing sound they call Latin Afro-Pop which is inspired by everything from hip hop, funk and Afro-Beat, but grounded in rhythmic components from central coast Venezuelan music. It is this chemistry and Guarandinga’s Afro-Venezuelan roots  that makes this band’s original music provocative and infectious. Their unique blend of seemingly disparate sounds defies 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 "MERENDOLA Vol.I" in Spring 2018. 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.

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Rowan Jiménez - vocals, percussion, cuatro
Jeremy Allen - bass, vocals, cuatro, percussion

Featured musicians:

Chris Carter - guitar
Brian Andres - drums
James "Sticknasty" Small - drums


From time to time:
Henry Hung - trumpet/synth
Cava Menzies - keyboards, vocals

Makini Duewa - dance

Special thanks to the Guarandinga media crew: Photos courtesy of Andrea Kash, Marisa Aragona and Tracey Mammolito. Graphic Design - Chris Stevenson and Jeremy Allen.