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The Latin American collective Yerba Buena was organized by producer and multi-instrumentalist Andres Levin, a native Venezuelan who'd appeared on records by Marisa Monte, Arto Lindsay, Aterciopelados, and Tina Turner, as well as helming the critically acclaimed Fela Kuti tribute Red Hot + Riot. Yerba Buena arose from Levin's wish to bring together a band capable of melding forms old and new, learning from each other in the form of a school. Gradually, the lineup coalesced, including vocalists Xiomara Laugart, Cucu Diamantes, and El Chino, percussionist Pedro Martinez, reed player Ron Blake, trumpeter Rashawn Ross, bassist Sebastian Steinberg, drummers Terreon "Tank" Gully and Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez. After dates supporting the Dave Matthews Band, Yerba Buena signed to Razor & Tie and released their 2003 debut, President Alien. Island Life followed two years later.
Yerba Buena may refer to:Yerba buena, a number of aromatic plantsYerba Buena, Tucumán, the capital of the Yerba Buena Department in the province of Tucumán, Argentina Yerba Buena Department, a department of Tucumán Province, Argentina consisting of the city of Yerba Buena and two townsYerbas Buenas, a Chilean town and commune in Linares Province, Maule Region Battle of Yerbas Buenas, a battle near the city of Yerbas Buenas during the Chilean War of IndependenceYerba Buena, California, a former town that became San Francisco, California, U.S.Yerba Buena High School a high school in San Jose, CaliforniaYerba Buena Island, an island in the San Francisco Bay Yerba Buena Lighthouse a lighthouse in the San Francisco Bay on Yerba Buena Island, CaliforniaYerba Buena (band), a fusion band based in New York CityYerba Buena Jazz Band, a Dixieland revival band founded by Lu Watters