A growing number of local venues and parties are celebrating international popular music. Case in point: Every Wednesday, DJs El Kool Kyle and Silverback spin reggae (from Jamaica, Brixton, and New York City) and cumbia (a form of dance music that’s popular throughout Latin America) on two floors of The Legionnaire Saloon (2272 Telegraph Ave., Oakland). The origins of cumbia live up to the “world” music moniker: It was birthed from Guinean cumbé music and influenced by both indigenous South American groups and Spanish colonizers. El Kool Kyle and Silverback host guests DJs each week, and a local muralist, Marlon Sagana Ingram, curates live art. Baylando Records, which hosts the event, formally launched this week, so expect the party to grow.
The son of a Guatemalan mother and Salvadorian mother, Erick Santero grew up in Panama and Costa Rica, studied in Puerto Rico and Cuba, and poached a lot of his musical knowledge from Latin scenes in New York. So it's no overreach for Santero to say he gets around Latin America, or that he tends to eschew borders. His fan base is centered in the Bay Area, for sure, but it's also spread throughout the Latino diaspora, as is his palette. As a DJ, he's known for mixing contemporary hip-hop with vocal samples filched from Cuban singer Celia Cruz, bachata rhythms that originated in the Dominican Republic, and cumbia styles of the Caribbean. His weekly world music party, called The Jet Set, features grooves from throughout the Americas, as well as parts of Asia and Africa, with a rotating lineup of guest DJs. Every Wednesday at Luka's Taproom (2221 Broadway, Oakand). 8 p.m., free. LukasOakland.com