Raza Obrera (English: Working Class) is a Regional Mexican band known for their unique style of music and its prominent use of the harp, along with the accordion and charango. They are based out of Newark, California, United States, and are originally from Aguililla, Michoacán, Mexico.


The band was started in 1996 by members Jose Luis Arroyo (Drums, Vocals), Jose Luis Horta (Accordion, Vocals), Roberto Gonzalez (Charango), Simon Rivera (Harp) and Rigoberto Peña (Bass, Vocals). The band signed with Ego Records in 1996 and released their debut album El Aguila Gonzalez and became involved in the U.S Regional Mexican scene. Raza Obrera is known for their corrido lyrics based on controversial issues relating the Mexican working class.


Jose Luis Arroyo - director, lead vocals, drums,

Jose Luis Horta - lead vocals, accordion,

Roberto Gonzalez - charango,

Hugo Pedraza - keyboards,

Mario Madrigal - harp,

Former members:

Rigoberto Peña - vocals, bass,

Simon Rivera - harp