Elena & Los Fulanos is a bilingual Latin folk band based in Washington, DC. Since 2011, they have been making music that ranges from twangy, heartbreak-themed folk Americana, to soothing, introspective, violin-infused cumbia.
Influenced by front-woman Elena Lacayo’s experience growing up in two cultures (Nicaraguan and American), Elena & Los Fulanos’ music melds language and tradition with catchy melodies and inventive chords to enhance appreciation for diversity in an increasingly multi-cultural world. Elena & Los Fulanos has toured both nationally and internationally and have played nationally renowned venues such as the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, the Smithsonian American Arts Museum, Library of Congress, and the Lincoln Theatre. Their debut album, Miel Venenosa, earned a Washington Area Music Association (WAMMIE) nomination for Best Latin Recording in 2014 and their second album Volcán (2017) has been hailed as “a bilingual folk album for the resistance” by the Washington City Paper.