(Kansas City, MO)
Making Movies is an American band based out of Kansas City, Missouri. Built upon a heavy foundation of Afro-Latino rhythms, they have created a bilingual, psychedelic re-envisioning of the Latin American “son.” Taking cues from Latin American folklore, the band’s sound swings intensely, at times sounding like Compay Segundo being played by Jimi Hendrix and at other times like The Talking Heads digging deep into a dembow.
“I feel fully confident saying that the band synthesizes what’s happening in … Latin music better than anyone else out there today.” –MTV Iggy
(Los Angeles, CA)
With a broad taste in music and impressive technical skills, it is no surprise that Francesca Harding continues her reign as one of the most sought-after Dj’s in LA and beyond. Formerly DJ Panamami, Francesca has spun internationally for crowds in the UK, Mexico City, Colombia, the Bahamas and South Korea, and regularly works for big name clients in the Los Angeles area including Calvin Klein and Top Shop.
You can currently hear Francesca over the airwaves as co-host, producer and DJ on Los Angeles’ 90.7FM KPFK for Soundwaves Radio. Her Dj mixes have been featured on Jay Z’s blog, Life and Times with her mixtape ‘Ciao Verano’ as well as the El Sonido show on Seattle’s 90.3 FM. She has graced the pages of LA Weekly and Parlour Magazine and most recently won the coveted role of Dj on TNT’s latest show, Agent X.
Lucha Libre DJ Set
(Que Sabroso, San Juan, Puero Rico)
Lucha Libre Dj Set is a multidisciplinary artist based in San Juan, Puerto Rico. During his career Lucha has been engaged in the independent art scene on the island and as a DJ spins Global Bass music spiced-up with Caribbean sounds. Lucha is also the creator and producer of ¡Qué Sabroso!, a music platform for cultural exchange, and has shared a stage with the likes of D’marquesina (NYC/PR), El Freaky Colectivo (Colombia), Geko Jones (NYC/PR), SloMo (Chicago), Fuete Billete (PR), Los Chinchillos del Caribe (PR), and Orquesta El Macabeo (PR), among others.
(FEX, Los Angeles, CA)
Mano is the moniker of Sergio Flores for all things global, rhythmic, and tropical. This guy reps the West coast FEX contingent and connects culture party crews to join forces across the nation. It’s all about exploring cultural roots and heritage, then having fun with the music. Born and raised in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago in the 80s, he was exposed to everything from house, hip-house, rap, and new wave at the school dances and his older sister’s house parties. Mano was also influenced by the neighborhood sounds of cumbia, merengue, salsa, and banda while growing up in the local Latino community. Currently residing in Los Angeles, he’s looking forward to crossing ethnic borders from coast to coast, and producing cultural discourse via the recent creation of the WILDFIRE! series with the likes of Surya Dub and Afrolicious.
Shon Dervis is a DJ/musician/producer from Chicago who’s been DJing since ’95, making beats since 2001 and playing bass since 6th grade. Leche!
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.
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.
Jerry Reyes aka Communicator received his dance music education during his childhood in Chicago, the birthplace of House music over the FM airwaves religiously listening to the “hot mix” DJ shows in the 1980s. His DJ style is still very much influenced by these pioneer DJs who played a variety of genres in their sets as long as a main goal was met — to move your body.
He has DJ’ed a variety of genres to music-thirsty crowds at some of Chicago‘s fine establishments such as Danny’s in Bucktown, Maria’s in Bridgeport and Double Door in Wicker Park. He is currently the curator of two residencies — “Basement Boogie” every first Thursday of the month at Punch House, and “Restless” every third Sunday of the month at Harbee’s.
SloMo is a Future Rootz beat junkie and co-conspirator with Sound Culture ((Chicago)). Native to Xhicago, he produces events and shenanigans across the city with a little help from his friends. He enjoys playing music from across the globe and bringing people together.
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.
Photos: Shon Dervis by Juan Woodbury, Calixta by AG Photo, Sound Culture & Itzi Nallah by William Camargo