Cumbia Machin from San Diego is led by Joaquin Hernandez on the Zendrum, Luis Cuenca on Timbales and Paul Lopez on Congas. The project began in the spring of 2010 and a new CD is recorded and soon to be released. As current members of the B*Side Players and Agua Dulce, Cumbia Machin has quickly gained a strong fan base. Here is some info on individual members:
began drumming lessons with his uncle Bobby Renteria in 1985 at the age of 10 .
The first playing experience was in high school marching band. The Castle Park Trojan Brigade marched in the 1990 Tournament of Roses Parade and The 1989 Hollywood Christmas Parade. The 1990 drumline also won the most awards that year in Castle Park history.
From 1989 to1991 began the first music project called Chicken Farm. This punk rock band released a four song 12" record and opened for Green Day, The Dead Milkmen and Unwritten Law. This band did some touring to El Centro, Los Angeles, Tijuana, Oakland, Oregon, and Washington.
From 1991 to 1994 began a project called the B-Side Players. This latin funk band released an EP on Cassette and opened for WAR, Sheila E., Poncho Sanchez, Ozomatli, Alex Acuña, and Spearhead. This band did some touring to San Francisco and Los Angeles. Starting off on congas then timbales and eventually to the drum set, this was the start of a new drumming style.
From 1994 to 1997 began a project called Sol Power. This band was a mix of styles that included Reggae, Latin, Jazz, Rock and Funk. This band did some touring to San Francisco and Los Angeles and countless San Diego shows.
In 1997 began Agua Dulce and is still active. In this band I started on the Vibraphone the went to the drums then to Zendrum and finally back to the drumset. This current band is a MIx of Latin and Funk. Agua Dulce has released three CD's and toured the United States and Europe. Also the band has opened for Poncho Sanchez, Tierra, Malo, Charlie Hunter, Ozomatli, Julieta Venegas, Elvis Crespo, and Pete Escovedo.
The current 2011 project is called Cumbia Machin. This project is a mix of Electronic beats and Cumbia rhythms. For this project I use Samplers, Sequencers, the Zendrum and live percussion. A new CD and tours are planned for the future.
has established himself as an accomplished percussionist. He has been playing music in San Diego professionally since 1997 studying and performing latin music, afro Cuban folkloric and popular music. He has played with some of San Diego’s most noted musicians, including Kemau Kenyatta, Gilbert Castellanos, Mark Lampson and many others. He has played with bands such as the Bayonics (San Francisco), the B-Side Players, local San Diego salsa bands, and the Aka de Mix. Paul is an original member of San Diego’s premier latin band Agua Dulce. Paul has opened for Poncho Sanchez, the Afro Cuban All Stars, Ozomatli and Los Amigos Invisibles to name a few.
is the one of the original members of the B*Side Players. Luis Cuenca is also sponsored by PEARL Percussion.
The B*Side Players are a 10 piece power house of bilingual reggae, funk and cumbia. With fierce political lyrics and an overwhelming positive vibration of love, culture and unity, their live shows have raised them to legendary status. The Players have been igniting and uplifting dance floors for 17 years and have been blessed to share the stage with, The Wailers, Toots and the Maytals, Ben Harper, War, James Brown, Cultura Profetica, Fred Wesley, Maceo Parker and many more.
"I've been playing drums for 17 years and playing timbales and percussion with B-Side Players for 14 years and one of the two remaining original members of the band. I bring a folklore element to the music which consists of Afro-Cuban rhythms that I have learned from my study and practice of the Lukumi/Santeria/Orisha religion and transcending its soul and energy through the vibration of the drums and the music.Its a way of injecting ancient energy into ones consciousness to help awaken their spiritual awareness"