Music Lineup: CumbiaSazo ft. Los Vicios de Papá, Omulu & Stepwise [8/22/15]

Los Vicios de Papa chicago

Los Vicios de Papá


Los Vicios de Papá is a high energy internationally-rooted band with socially conscious lyrics stemming from their struggling and undocumented youth experience. LVDP’s sound started with a passion for ska & reggae and has evolved into an 8-piece band that arranges Cumbia, Dancehall, Huapachon, Hip Hop, Reggae and Ska to create an intoxicating mix that ignites concertgoers into a frenzy at all costs.


Omulu CumbiaSazo Chicago


Working under the alias Omulu, the Rio De Janeiro, Brazil-based producer Antonio Antmaper has been anointed by critics as one of the new leaders of Global Bass in Brazil. The principal aim of his sound is an experimentation with Brazilian regional rhythms: from funk to technobrega, flirting with atabaque (from the Afro-Brazilian religion candomblé), and mixing them with electronic beats from local scenes all over the world. In recent months, OMULU has dedicated himself to the sound of Rasterinha, a new wave of slowed down Baile Funk that incorporates Bahian Axé, Samba and reggaeton. His track, “Bagulho Doido”, produced in collaboration with New York’s Comrade, is known for launching the Rasterinha movement internationally after plays & support from DJs like Skrillex, Munchi, Diplo, & Calvin Harris, among others.


Stepwise Chicago CumbiaSazo


Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, DJ Stepwise has been a staple selector in the Bay Area for nearly 20 years. With a sound that spans the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa, Stepwise’s dj sets range from reggae to cumbia to azonto and beyond. Stepwise has also become one of the main ambassadors of reggae latino in California, hosting the West Coast’s only 100% reggae en español events, Kulcha Latino, happening twice monthly in the Bay Area.


Cordell Johnson Chicago

Cordell Johnson

Cordell Johnson (Excursions, Chicago) is considered to be one of the smoothest, most knowledgeable DJs in the midwest. Spinning records since 1981, Cordell spent his formative years listening to & observing Chicago music pioneers like Farley “Funkin” Keith (later known as “Jackmaster Funk”), Frankie Knuckles, and Ron Hardy and has gone on to pursue a years-long passion in music that’s brought him through all manner of projects, from underground nights to DJ crews to promotions endeavors.

Also a member of Nu Bang Clan, Cordell has held residencies and performed in many of Chicago’s most well-known venues, fro Corosh, Elbo Room & Subterranean to Sinibar, Smart Bar & Sonotheque. His travel for gigs has included destinations like Houston, NYC, London, Detroit & Tokyo and shared billings alongside such greats as Steve “Silk” Hurley, E-Man, and Frankie Valentine, among others.

You can currently find Cordell working with fellow Excursions’ resident James Vincent to provide a movement of parties for music lovers in various locations throughout Chicago where their diverse & soulful dance floors feature the highest quality music & even higher quality dancers.


DJ Cedeño Chicago CumbiaSazo


Cedeño is an underground electronic dance DJ and music producer who was born in Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico and raised in Chicago. Cedeño produces and spins a variety of styles including House, World House, Tribal, Crunk Music, Tech House, and Techno. She likes to take the dance floor on a journey of underground beats, sounds and rhythms but then brings it back to reality with high energy dance music. Cedeño is also the creator and owner of Beat Rhythm Freedom Records, an underground record label based in Chicago.



Logan Lu

So we had a hard time finding a bio on Luis Tubens (aka Logan Lu) but he’s just that kind of guy– humble, behind the scenes, and focused on shining the light on others whether from a stage or in his work with the community. We’re so excited for Luis to be welcoming you all to the space and blessing the CumbiaSazo mic as the evening’s MC.


DJ CaliXta CumbiaSazo Chicago


caliXta VJs and DJs as part of CumbiaSazo as well as dále shine. Originally from Chicago, caliXta co-founded dále shine to explore & spin a wide variety of digital music, integrate visuals into music, and work to create a scene for ‘cyber ritmos’ in various local scenes. Her philosophy is to create and bridge spaces through an audio-visual experience from around the world that people will love. dále shine is a party series dedicated to showcasing the music of latinx america, integrating that music into the Chicago soundscape, and providing a safe space for diversity of expression.


DJ Afroqbano at CumbiaSazo


(Cuba/Chicago/Peoples DJs Collective)

A member of Sonic Diaspora and People’s DJ Collective, Afroqbano is originally from Cuba and now living in Chicago. In Habana, he worked as a regular DJ for a number of underground house and Hip Hop clubs and produced and toured with some of the most well-known artists and ensembles in Cuba. Since moving to the United States, Afroqbano has continually expanded on his style & influence, developed his acumen as a producer/remixer, and shared stages with luminaries like Mos Def, Pete Rock, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Rich Medina, and La Santa Cecilia. While the Afro-Cuban and Latin rhythms of his culture are central to his sound, he embraces and merges a wide range of global & soulful music.


Rebelu Cienfuegos

Rebelu Cienfuegos

Rebelu Cienfuegos is a Reggae Selector/Chatter specializing in Rub A Dub Roots Music. For more than a decade he has focused his attention on the perfection of his unique vocal approach and bass heavy selections. When he’s not chatting pon mics for different sounds in and around Chicago he is kicking it in gardens with his son Onix.




Soulphonetics is a Chicago-based DJ/producer collective comprised of Mexican north-sider Christian Vera and Belizean south-sider Caswell James. Together they’ve hustled diligently to bring the soulful sounds of house, hip-hop, jazz and all forms of Afro-Latin & electronic rhythms to the fabric of social consciousness. The eclectic duo firmly believe that music is an essential element of the nourishment of our mind, body and souls.


DJ Sound Culture chicago

Sound Culture

Born and raised in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood David Chavez (DJ Sound Culture) has always had a great affinity for world cultures and deep music. His passion for both has to a large extent laid the path in front of him for most of his life. In the DJ booth Sound Culture is a cultural chemist of sorts, exploring the world’s sounds and finding the threads that tie us all together globally. From Bhangra to Balkan Beat, African Soukous to Latin House, he knows how to navigate your auditory senses. His live mixes are both dynamic and seamlessly cohesive and whether you’re a world music enthusiast or dance floor regular, he keeps things interesting.


Itzi Nallah Chicago

Itzi Nallah

Itzi Nallah is CumbiaSazo’s resident DJ and faithful organizer. Having also worked with FEX, Sonic Diaspora and Peoples DJs Collective, his DJ projects focus on global roots & bass music and liberation-minded dance floors. Current residencies include Double Door and Harbee’s in Pilsen (for Alegria) and show highlights include sharing stages with acts ranging from Ozomatli, Rich Medina and A Tribe Called Red to Pete Rock, Javier Estrada and Haitus Kaiyote.



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