PELS 12-Migration Mix with Sita Bhaumik

We’re back en La Sala again, this time with the artist Sita Bhaumik. She joins us to talk about her new exhibition Estamos contra el muro | We Are Against the Wall and to preview the exclusive Migration Mixtape we are producing for the show.

PELS 11: Brazil and beyond with T-Kay

This month we welcome professional archivist and deejay T-Kay, host of Hip Hop Hooray out of Austin, Texas and Dublab’s The Afternoon Love-In out of Los Angeles. T-Kay has traveled the world collecting records with special attention to Brazil. Listen in as we dive deep into Brazil and head off to Angola, Indonesia and beyond.


PELS: 10 – Kiskeya & Quisqueya

This month we visit the island referred to as Kiskeya or Quisqueya depending which side of the shared border of Haïti or La República Dominicana you live on. To lead us through a vinyl exploration of this beautiful shared musical history we are joined by former Music Director at KALX of UC Berkeley and current Latin Music Curator and Programmer at Pandora, Marcos Juarez.

Important Note: This podcast was recorded before the recent disturbing deportation of Haitians taking place in the D.R.

Pelanga en La Sala: 09 – Cleaning up in México

Digging for records can get dirty, very dirty. So we get to cleaning some of our grimiest records, many of which we found in México and Colombia. DJs China Tu Madre, Papicultor, Smokestack, and Pozole all in La Sala sharing some filthy good music.


  1. Los Hermanos Flores Otra Vez
  2. Los Hermanos de Flores – Flor de Pithaya
  3. Los Sonadores de la PazEl Sudcaliforniano
  4. Miguel Angel LizarraTu Mi Destino
  5. Manuel CelestinoNaciste Bonita
  6. Grupo LaserBuscalo
  7. Los Hermanos FloresLa Paz
  8. Los Sonadores de la PazLlegando a la Paz
  9. Los Hermanos FloresTodos Santos
  10. Acapulco Tropical – La Pollera Amarilla
  11. Ray BarrettoHipocresía y Falsedad
  12. Ismael RiveraTraigo Salsa
  13. Bobby SmallCompas de Cumbia
  14. Grupo Miramar – Cerro Hermoso
  15. Andrés LanderoNoche de Cumbia
  16. Acosta y sus TremendosY Me Critican
  17. Hermanos Martinez de Allende, N.L. – Bailando en Shorts

Pelanga en La Sala: 008 – The Accordion Episode with Marié Abe

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The accordion, one of the most fascinating, unique and without question culturally important musical instruments that all of us pelangueros can’t get enough of. Yet to be honest, we actually know very little about these squeezable typewriter-looking devices. That is why we knew we had to dedicate an entire episode to the accordion and why we were so excited to welcome Professor of Ethnomusicology at Boston University, Co-Producer of Public Radio International’s Squeeze Box Stories and bad-ass acordeonista of the group Debo BandMarié Abe. Listen as we learn about the accordion’s origins and its travels through Europe, Africa, the Americas and all the way to Japan.

Ferew HiluEshururu
Debo BandAmbassel
Debo BandDC Flower
Los Cholos de PastoCumbia de O. Vreeskin
Alejo DuránMi pedazo de acordeón
Squeezebox Stories – Trailer
Los YukinosDe party con las malandrinas
Los PerlasTener o no tener
El Cieguito de NaguaLa bailadora
José Santiago VegaNo me hable estrujao
北原謙二 – 銀座パチャンが通り  (Kenji KitaharaGinza Pachanga)
Ferro GaitaTareza
Petar RalchevTo the north of Bulgaria
Fred FrithHands of the juggler

Pelanga en La Sala: 007 – Digging at the record swap

For this podcast we decided to try something we have never done before — set out to do a show without any records from our collection. Instead we went to a local record swap meet with a set budget of $50 each to create our playlist for the day. After a full afternoon of digging through many boxes of dusty records we headed straight back to La Sala to see if we spent our money wisely. We think we did pretty well, but have a listen and let us know what you think.


  1. Fela Ransome-Kuti and Africa ’70 with Ginger BakerLet’s Start
  2. 20th Century Steel BandHeaven and Hell
  3. MonarcoSilenciar A Mangueira
  4. Avohou Pierre Et L’Orchestre Black Santiago – Makoba Houi Dé O
  5. Al HirtHarlem Hendoo
  6. Chico Che Y La CrisisSagitario
  7. The DovesGive Peace to the People
  8. Orquestre Le Peuple – Massavi Fololo Y’ Africa
  9. The NumonicsYou Lied
  10. El Gran ComboEl Jolgoria (Wepa-Wepa)


Pelanga en La Sala: 006 – Colombia!

In our previous podcast we loved having Daniel French of Las Cafeteras in La Sala so much we brought him back. We also welcomed the super talented Bardo Martinez, lead singer, guitarist and organist from Chicano Batman into La Sala. Hosts May-Li (dj china tu madre) and Federico (dj papicultor), who have just returned from the largest music festival in Latin America, the Petronio Álvarez Festival in Colombia, give us a first hand guide through one of the most musically rich areas of the world. A special night full of beautiful stories, impromptu singing, savory Arrechon, and irresistible records.


  1. Alejandro Duran – El Aborrecido
  2. Andres LonderoCanto Negro
  3. Ondatrópica – Homenaje a Andres Landero
  4. Ondatrópica – Cien Años (Markitos Micolta on vocals)
  5. Peregoyo Su Combo VacanaEl Mundo Al Reves
  6. La Contundencia Chirimia – Fiesta San Pachera
  7. Grupo Saboreo – Kilele (live at the Loma de la Cruz in Cali)
  8. Grupo Socavon de TimbiquiQuitate De Mi Escalera 
  9. Live Recording at Escuela Canalón in Cali – Rio Timbiqui

Pelanga en La Sala: 005 – Egypt and beyond

Hosts Arjuna (dj smokestack), Jacobo (dj pozole), Federico (dj papicultor), and May-Li (dj china tu madre) welcome special guest Daniel French from the East LA band Las Cafeteras to La Sala. Our vinyl journey begins with classic sounds from Egypt then continues onto Tanzania, Zaire and Colombia before returning to California to connect the old with the new.

Pelanga en La Sala: 004 – Digging deep in Ghana

Hosts Arjuna (dj smokestack), Jacobo (dj pozole) and Federico (dj papicultor) welcome guest DJ and collector Juan G into La Sala, the man behind Diggin4Gold, as they discuss record digging in Ghana and explore much of West Africa via vinyl treasures.

Pelanga en La Sala: 003 – Panama!

Arjuna and Jacobo host the 3rd episode of Pelanga en La Sala with special guest Adam Dunbar from Discos Alma. (note: episode #2 tragically perished with a faulty hard drive) Join the three as they explore the vibrant and often overlooked music of Panama with a few other Caribbean gems mixed in.


  1. Eddie PalmeriMozambique
  2. Los PapacitosVienen Los Papacitos
  3. Pello El AfrokanAhora Si
  4. Los MozambiquesMarcado
  5. Ibo ComboSoeurette
  6. Bush Y Sus MagnificosLa Confianza
  7. Manito Johnson Y Los DiferentesLos Diferentes
  8. Los Salvajes Del RitmoSt John’s Guaguanco
  9. Los BeltonsRecuerdos de Don José
  10. Los SilvertonesYou Call Be My Name
  11. Los FlamantesFanny
  12. Los ExcitersSomething Deep Inside
  13. DP ExpressApran’n Pale
  14. Lord PanamaFire Down Below / Fuego Abajo
  15. Sir JablonskiJuke Juke