SONIDERO METROPOLIS: MEXICAN SOUND SYSTEMS IN LOS ANGELES, 22min,. USA
Directed by Alvaro Parra
Sonidero Metropolis is the first episode in a documentary series on Mexican sound system culture, known as Sonideros. The Los Angeles episode explores the connection between the cumbia epicenter that is Puebla, Mexico and Los Angeles, California, a city where thousands of Poblanos now reside. Antonio De Jesus, better known as Sonido Fantasma, has been a working sonidero for 28 years. A consummate veteran at the top of his game, he often plays in cities across the U.S. and Mexico, a rare feat in this industry. 17 year old Gardena resident Abimael Amaro, aka Sonido Profeta, played his first show at L.A's Salon Lazaro's at the age of 13. Sonido Profeta is part of a new generation of sonideros that utilize live stream technology to make a name for themselves in the U.S. and abroad. Sonido Fantasma and Sonido Profeta are originally from Puebla, Mexico. Themes of migration, cumbia, and labor are examined via the lives of these two sonideros at opposite ends of their trajectories.