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Wed, Sep 07


El Cerrito

SunJams at the Annex, El Cerrito

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SunJams at the Annex, El Cerrito
SunJams at the Annex, El Cerrito

Time & Location

Sep 07, 2022, 5:00 PM – Sep 08, 2022, 7:30 PM

El Cerrito, 10387 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530, USA

About the event

Wednesday September 7 , 5-7:30pm will continue our music series held at El Cerrito Natural Grocery Company on first and third Wednesdays - “Neighborhood World Music Sessions at The Annex."

We are delighted to present: Music from the Coast of Peru!


Marina Lavalle - Vocal

Javier G. Trujillo - Guitarra

Pedro Rosales - Cajón

The series is co-produced by Modúpue Productions ( Javier Navarrette), SunJams, and the Annex.

Afro-Peruvian singer Marina LaValle is one of the most distinctive performers in the Bay Area and one of the great voices of modern Peruvian music. An important figure in the resurgence of Afro-Peruvian music, Marina LaValle nurtures a carefully crafted blend of contemporary and traditional sounds.

Accompanied by guitar, base and Peruvian cajón, she renders a soulful and vibrant interpretation of an array of rhythms in her musical heritage such as: Landó, Festejo, and Zamacueca, just to name a few. Marina began her career at age 9 singing in multiple radio stations and developed her singing technique at the National Radio of Peru having famous composer Pablo Casas as her mentor. By the early 70's she sang as the main vocalist with the Cultural Association Peru Negro traveling all over the World performing the best of the Afro-Peruvian traditions in the forms of dance and music. She moved to Venezuela by early 70's and sang along the famous group Sonero Clasico del Caribe a wide variety of traditional Cuban music. Marina LaValle has been collaborating with De Rompe y Raja Cultural Association preserving the Afro-Peruvian traditions and Legacy in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has performed in many important events such as The Ethnic Dance Festival at The Palace of Fine Arts of San Francisco, El Encuentro del Canto Popular, Women's Building, Julia Morgan Theater, Red Poppy Art House, Stanford University, Malonga Center for the Arts, among others.

Javier Trujillo was born in Lima, Peru where he studied Classical Guitar at the Conservatorio de Musica de Lima, later on he continued at UC Berkeley where he studied Musicology as well. He has participated in various festivals in USA and Peru as a performer and educator, always sharing the importance of the guitar in Latinoamerica. Living in the East Bay Javier has had the opportunity to have master classes with different classical guitar masters related to the Omni Foundation of the Performing Arts.

While playing with different bands and ensembles in the Bay Area, Javier explored both classical and popular music with Vibo Simfani, Proyecto Lando, Ajayu, just to name a few. He felt the need to further investigate the Afro-Peruvian guitar and became engaged with the style, exploring the different rhythms and possibilities in the music of his country.

Pedro Rosales was born in Lima, Peru. At the age of 14 he discovered the Cajon as his main musical instrument, taking classes with Master Ernesto Sandoval at the Art Museum in Lima. In 1989 he was part of folklorist Julio Casanovas’ “Tradiciones Peruanas” ensemble until 1992 when he moved to the Bay Area. In 1993 he co-founded with pianist Jorge Molina the experimental ensemble “Malambo Kombo,” mixing Afro-Peruvian elements with Rock & Jazz. Pedro has also accompanied the most accomplished Peruvian singers & artists since 1992 including: Pepe Vasquez, Jesus Vasques, Luis Abanto Morales, Arturo Zambo Cavero, Lucia de la Cruz, Lucila Campos, Peru Negro, Bartola, Jorge Luis Jasso, Manuel Donayre, Rosa Flor, and Carlos Hayre, among others. Pedro’s ability to play and teach the Peruvian Cajon has developed thanks to the contributions of fellow master Cajon players such as: Manuel “Manguey” Vasquez, Eusebio “Sirio” Pititi RIP, Braulio Barrera & especially with his mentor “Lalo” Izquierdo (founder, choreographer, percussionist/dancer of Peru Negro Cultural Association). From 1995 to 2013 he co-founded and directed “De Rompe y Raja” Cultural Association. Pedro Rosales it's a multi-talented musician, and with his cajon he has composed many songs that later on found their nest at the band he created: Proyecto Lando. With these resources he adds to Wasska Project the perfect balance of academy and tradition. For more information about his work visit:

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Presented by

Modupue Productions ( Javier Navarrette)

Music at Sunjams ( Amer Budayr )

The Annex (José A. Ruíz )

The Annex

The Annex is a lively space for shopping, dining and relaxing. As the newest part of The Natural Grocery Company, the values are the same: a passion for vibrant community, healthy organic food and respect for the planet.

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week, inside the Annex you’ll find: A Cafe, Juice Bar, Deli, Wine & Beer, and more.

The Annex building itself embodies our values: a few of the sustainable features are: extensive re-use of materials from the pre-existing structure, use of recycled materials from local vendors, and reliance on the solar energy we produce here, supplemented with other clean energy sources.

Javier Navarrette's Modúpue Productions continues to bring live music to several venues around the Bay Area. Javier has been a professional musician and music educator in the Oakland Unified School District for the past 20 years. Over the past 2 years Navarrette has produced outdoors events that have proven instumental in enabling musicians to deal with some of the fallout of the pandemic and shutdown that followed. Most recently he has been curating "Modúpue Sundays at the Brooklyn Basin.” These musical productions ran from June–November 2021 at the new Oakland hot spot, the Brooklyn Basin, with internationally known, Bay Area musical legends. The series resumed in April 2022- current


Please be safe. Feel free to wear a mask if you prefer.


Tickets are encouraged, we are happy to offer you a reserved seat (limited seating available) if you RSVP with a donation that will go towards paying for the music. Tickets are NOT required for this venue, you can simply come in, order food and beverages at the Annex counter.


SunJams is committed to funding children's music education in underserved public elementary schools. Your donation will help support this ongoing program. In addition, we need to raise funds to continue bringing you this exciting new live music program. We are committed to paying musicians fair compensation for their performance, and the Annex has pledged to help us do that with an onging donation that covers some of those needs. Our donors and audience members are an essential part of this support. All of the proceeds will go directly to our network of local musicians, each of whom have been severely impacted by the lack of events during the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether you donate $1, $10, $100, or $1000 - any amount helps and will allow us to keep bringing music to our community! As always, your donation to our 501(c)3 may qualify as tax exempt.

We are proud to present this series in partnership with Modupue (Javier Navarrette), with support from the El Cerrito Natural Grocery Company. We thank BAY AREA NEUROINTENSIVISTS ( Dr. Moussa Yazbeck) for their generous unrestricted grant to support this series.



We will be taking cash or check donations at check-in, during intermission & at the end of the show.


The Annex is open every day, please check their website for hours (

The show will begin at 5:00 PM and conclude by 7:30 PM.

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