La Mecánica Popular – Experimental Latin American Ensemble

It explores the border between social dance and experimentalism, and seeks to erode the divisions between the popular and the avant-garde.

Led by Efraín Rozas on keyboards and guitar, Felipe Wurst on guitar, Joel Mateo on timbales, Guillermo Barrón on congas and Dan Martínez on bass With this project I want to contribute to the development of the recontextualization of Latin American music beyond the clichés of kitsch tropical, through the development of an experimentalism from the global south. Recovering tradition as a form of agency, promoting a polycentric world in the face of a world of art that needs to meet the Western criteria of “World Music”.


The New Album “Roza Cruz” was named among the best Latin American albums of the decade by Zona Sucia and Estereofonía, best Peruvian album of 2018 by Rock AchoraoConciertos PerúEl Comercio and one of the best albums in the world in 2018 by Gladys Palmera (Spain) and Zona de Obras (Spain), and KCRW.

“Mejores discos de la década en Latinoamérica” – Zona Sucia
“Mejores discos peruanos de la década” – Estereofonía
“Futurismo afrolatino radical” NPR
“Lleva la tradición a nuevas alturas creativas” – Remezcla
“10/10.” – Juno Descargar
“Impresionante” – Afropop en todo el mundo
“Esto no es música latina nueva, es música nueva” – Gladys Palmera

La Mecánica Popular has been featured at NYC Central Park Summerstage for the 50th Anniversary of Fania Records, Brooklyn Museum, Levitation Festival, Queens Museum, BBC, CNN, and NPR.

Roza Cruz Tour 2020

Lima: 03/03 Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Lima 

NYC: 03/13 Gold Sounds Bar

DC: 03/21 Comet Ping Pong Live Music

DC: 21/03 Kennedy Center

Listen, buy vinyl or download the new EP “Roza Cruz” here:

Excerpt of recording session for “Roza Cruz” album

Video directed by Muriel Holguin, from the first self titled LP
Interview for Remezcla

Listen or Download the First self titled LP here (Vinyl sold out):