Femmeton and the Bay Area’s La Doña
Photo by Thalia Gochez. Courtesy of TBA Agency
Tune in for a special evening with San Francisco native and Femmeton singer and songwriter, La Doña. Enjoy a performance of her latest hit Cuando Se Van from her EP, Algo Nuevo, followed by a live conversation with longtime friend and Local Voices host, Rio Yañez, as they talk about their Bay Area roots, art, and feminism. Let’s celebrate two local Bay Area artists revolutionizing their art!
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About La Doña
Blending Caribbean beats, reggaeton, and hip hop styles, San Francisco-born Cecilia Cassandra Peña-Govea composes songs that explore radical brown femininity as La Doña. The Mexican-American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist grew up performing professionally as a trumpeter in her parent’s conjunto, eventually mastering instruments such as the guitarrón, vihuela, guitar, and Latin percussion. “To be a part of my family is also to be a musician,” she says. Her father even joined La Doña’s U.S. tour run with Cuco, for which she composed all the arrangements and led her live band. Shortly after, she opened for legendary Mexican rock group Café Tacvba and was named one of YouTube Music’s Foundry artists – past alumni include Rosalía, Dua Lipa, Chloe X Halle, and Gunna.
About Rio Yañez
Born and raised in San Francisco’s Mission District, Yañez is a curator, photographer, and graphic artist. As a curator, he is a frequent collaborator with his father, Rene Yañez, and the pair have been developing exhibits together since 2005. He has exhibited in cities ranging from San Francisco to Tokyo. His reimaginings of Frida Kahlo have included the Ghetto Frida Project, a series of prints, writings, and performance pieces featuring a thugged-out Kahlo. Yañez is also a founding member of The Great Tortilla Conspiracy, the world’s most dangerous tortilla art collective. Yañez currently works at the South of Market Cultural Center (SomArts) as a curator and manager.
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