Paz Ferrand aka Deltatron is a peruvian producer and DJ based in Lima, Peru. He’s the founder of Tropical Bass netlabel Terror Negro Records and one of the promoters of Lima’s budding new Digital Cumbia movement. His style is always both danceable and aggressive combining the likes of cumbia, reggaeton, zouk, tribal, trap & moombahton. He has released 4 records in his own label and with collaborator such as Caballito (Spain), Subklub Records (Argentina), Mas Fresco (Texas) and Track Meet (Dallas) and has shared stages with artists ranging from El HIjo de la Cumbia, Chancha Via Cricuito & Super Guachin to El Barba Dub, Dengue Dengue Dengue, and Villa Diamante.
Additionally, his Terror Negro Crew produces parties featuring touring South American talent such Peco Kumbia Style (Argentina), Brujjas Deejay (Argentina), Tropikore (Venezuela), Dash Selektor (Colombia), and Sonido Martinez (Bolivia-Argentina). His music has been featured in Thump (Vice), Fader, Generation Bass, Nu Cumbia Experience, Cassete Blog and more.
Turbo Sonidero is a music producer hailing from San Jose, CA who blends Rap/Hip-Hop with Cumbia Sonidera to create a new sound he calls “Tumbia”. In 2010, he moved for a few years to his father’s hometown in Puebla, Mexico to immerse in the Cumbia Sonidera Culture. While in Mexico, he played and toured all over the country and has played shows with acclaimed artists such as Ana Tijoux, Kool A.D., Los Rakas, Toy Selectah, Kap G, Ozomatli, Trill team 6, Chico Sonido, Antwon, LaSanta Cecilia, Nortec Collective, and Mexican Institute of Sound. He has also been invited to play at music festivals such as the OMF (Oakland Music Festival), FMEL (Chicago), C2SV (San Jose) and L.A. Visionary Sounds.
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.
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.
Amara Betty Martin aka Rebel Betty is a DJ, Visual Artist and Organizer from Chicago. Her work focuses on preserving cultural and community engagement, activism and education. She began DJing with Que Horas Son? and has since played Cumbiasazo, Quennect 4, Basement Boogie, Beat Swap Meet, Mole de Mayo, Deja Vu, Mexico City and more. Her musical focus is on Afro-Latino and African roots music including Afro-Columbian cumbia, guaracha, bomba, electro-cumbias of the 90s, salsa clasica as well as experimental and space sounds. Natural drum beats, cowbell and timbal are staple markers for her musical sets. Rebel Betty stresses the importance of promoting dance and music as a spiritual liberator, healer and ancestral community bonding experience.
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 Set + Live Visuals
caliXta DJs and VJs as an independent freelancer and as part of Chicago’s CumbiaSazo crew. Since 2012, caliXta has been honing her craft and realizing a vision of creating respectful and healing dancefloors. Although originally from Chicago, a lot of her formation & scheming around liberation and revolutionary partying started in DC from kickbacks with friends and the Maracuyeah & Anthology of Booty queer femme parties. Upon returning to Chicago in 2011, she felt like similar soul-elevating club spaces with beautiful and enriching music weren’t common and set out to co-found dále shine to help create a scene for a deep & nuanced variety of digital Latinx music. In 2013, she joined the CumbiaSazo crew and found kindred spirits with which she could continue building communal spaces through art and music. Along her journey as an artist, caliXta has been fortunate to work with many talented artists, collectives, and organizations who continue to shape her visions and dreams.
Oonga describes his style as Jungle Thump, a true expression of the Montreal soul, fusing the thunderous syncopations of the tam tam drum circles with dubstep bass sounds, minimalist arrangements, and party-friendly melodies for a tribal/street beat/tropical flavour.
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 x Tifflove
Itzi Nallah and Tifflove are the co-founders of CumbiaSazo, Chicago’s largest and one of the US’ most expansive cumbia + global bass parties. Together they aim to support dance spaces & communities that are diverse & compassionate and as a DJ and MC offer performances that are life-affirming and fun. Itzi Nallah has worked previously with FEX, Sonic Diaspora and Peoples DJs Collective and a recent tour with CumbiaSazo saw Itzi Nallah, Tifflove + crewmate caliXta work dance floors throughout the midwest, southwest & west coast. Show highlights include creating spaces and sharing stages with acts ranging from Ozomatli, Rich Medina, Nickodemus and A Tribe Called Red to Pete Rock, Javier Estrada, El Dusty and Haitus Kaiyote.