Los de Abajo started as friends, university students living the day-to-day hard reality experienced by the Mexican people, before they began searching for the perfect musical tool to spread information and denounce injustice.
Los de Abajo, having taken their name from Mexican writer Mariano Azuela’s novel of the same name, forged their identity on a revolutionary spirit, playing at students’ and workers’ rallies, with artists, Zapatista soldiers, gay and women’s rights movements, and many other groups of free-thinkers from outside the mainstream.
Immersed in Mexico with a long history of poverty, suffocated by the oligarchy, plunder, and corruption, the group’s combative and energy-filled fusion of music has been influenced by the global nature of our times. Using their music, made up of salsa, merengue, cumbia, punk, rap, reggae, rock, and Mexican traditions such as son Jarocho, Northern music, and banda sinaloense, Los de Abajo began to spread information and ideas.
Over the years, Los de Abajo have had people dancing in more than 30 countries, set foot in four continents, and have played many times across many festivals to huge regard and sparkling reviews, including Glastonbury, Paleo Festival, and WOMAD.