Pachamama LA / Bio

Pachamama, meaning 'mother earth', is powerful roots reggae band based out of East Los Angeles (Estela), California...Soulful regional sound with a message and rhythm heavier than its namesake.

Formed in 2005, by cousins Guillermo and Daniel Tejeda, this resurgent Roots Reggae ensemble draws from all aspects of the inner-city experience to create an original sound that resonates with its audiences- making everybody who is listening feel the music and move their feet!

Born in their hometown of East Los Angeles (Este LA)- Pachamama Estela has built a social buzz for itself that is impossible to deny. With their lively energy on stage, their 'punky', soulful mix of Jamaican roots reggae- combining the best aspects of each genre to create , which not only reflects the ethnic diversity of their group, but the cultural mélange of the city they call home.

The Pachamama Estela band has its beginnings in the social activist music scene in Los Angeles, CA., their raw sound and meaningful lyrics are proof to that. Powerful and conscious words touch on contemporary themes such as social awareness, human rights and most importantly world love. Keeping an upbeat and inviting musical format which allows their listeners to digest difficult issues, celebrate peace, and become agents of social change through music.

Seeing Pachamama Estela perform live is watching them breathe life into their audiences. Crowds put down their phones, pick up their heads and join in on the conversation. In their career, Pachamama Estela has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with such legendary acts as WAR, Quinto Sol, Cultura Profetica, Panteon Rococo and La Maldita Vecindad, and Reggae artists such as Estelle, Alika, Yami Bolo, Barrington Levy and most honorably the late great Jamaican Rocksteady icon Alton Ellis.

In July of 2014, with help from producer Andrew Williams of TriCoast Studios, Pachamama Estela released the first half of their long-awaited studio debut, a two part 'Extended Play' series. Making studio versions of fan favorites like Conocer and Brown Skin Girl available for the first time. The band has also been hard at work in the studio producing new music with social commentary to keep up with it's listeners and important social current events. On August 25th, they made the single Black Sun – A Song for Michael Brown available for free download in support of the peaceful protests in Ferguson, MO. In October 2014, as part of the 'Chant Down the Walls' movement, Pachamama Estela performed live in front of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center for a deportation relief demonstration in support of immigrant students and families.

Pounding out sound as heavy as their namesake, Pachamama Estela uses music to embrace and celebrate the stories their community has to tell in an unrelenting mission to inspire change, share community, and practice unconditional love.

In 2015, Pachamama Estela plans to release new music and collaborate with other artists!

Music Available now on Reverbnation, Soundcloud, iTunes, Spotify, and more!

#Freemusic #Freepeople 2015

General Info

Band Members
Guillermo Tejeda - Vocals/Guitar, Eitan Avineri - Horns, Ben Gonzo - Percussion, Daniel Tejeda - Drums/Co-Creator, Cesar Ramirez - Bass, Luis Hernandez - Electric Guitar
Artist Name
Pachamama LA
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Reggae / Afro Roots / Soul

Contact Info

Los Angeles, CA

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