Formed in 2009, Santos Perdidos met when they played together as part of John Calloway’s Afro-Cuban Ensemble at San Francisco State University. With its strong vocal harmonies and rich sound, the band’s developing repertoire includes traditional music from Cuba, Peru, Colombia, Mexico & Spain as well as an expanding collection of original compositions. An acoustic group ranging in size from trio to sextet, they play an eclectic mix of Cuban son, Spanish Rumba, Bolero, and Afro-Peruvian Lando. Santos Perdidos’ first gig at the Mission Arts & Performance Project (MAPP) in the ‘Secret Garden,’ set the tone for their involvement in community events, and from there they have played shows at venues as varied as Mission “locals” El Rio and Coda, to Yoshi’s and the De Young Museum.
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