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"You can tell they’re good people by the energy they exert on stage... The music is sung mostly in Spanish, but translates well throughout the crowd as good music is sure to do."


“Candelaria are another local Latin-flavored group to keep an eye on. The band, which calls the Fruitvale district its home, proved to be an excellent choice as opener for Bang Data, with their blend of traditional cumbia seasoned with dub reggae accents. They boast a charismatic lead singer, Stephani Garcia Candelaria, and if the current cumbia resurgence continues to gain in popularity, they’ll be in a good position to take their traditional/modern fusion sound to the next level.”

“Candelaria, a musical band of entertainers whose sole mission is to unite two distinctly famous Caribbean rhythms: cumbia and dub, takes on a unique flavour and stylish blend of musical boundaries. Every show sends the crowd into a dancing frenzy, or as the drummer Rafael Herrera likes to put it, “Bailable!””

“The Oakland, Ca. ensemble Candelaria is one of Alt.Latino's artists to watch for 2013.”

“This week on Alt.Latino, we examine some stunning new vocalists, starting with Candelaria, a Bay Area group with a rendition of Dawn Penns' hit "You Don't Love Me Anymore." The original is a molasses-slow reggae song, while this version takes on a darker, more threatening tone — and we love it.”