Ricardo Lemvo hails from São Salvador Do Congo, Zaire in Northern Angola. He grew up in Congo-Kinshasa where he was introduced to Cuban music by a cousin who owned a large collection of vintage Cuban LPs. His native country and his early exposure to Cuban music have heavily influenced his music. Ricardo and his band Makina Loca perform a blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms with pan-African styles (soukous, Angolan sembaI and kizomba). His innovative music has been described as “seamless and infectious” by the Los Angeles Times.
The mission of the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture is to advance arts, culture, and creativity throughout LA County. We fulfill our mission by providing services and support in areas including grants and technical assistance for nonprofit organizations; professional development opportunities; commissioning civic artworks and managing the County’s civic art collection; implementing countywide arts education initiatives; research and evaluation; career pathways in the creative economy; free community programs; and cross sector creative strategies that address civic issues. This work is framed by the County’s Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative and a longstanding commitment to fostering access to the arts.