Houston DJs Gracie Chavez, Navó, OG Bobby Trill and Principe Q are spearheading a new digital Latin sound around Texas with Bombón, the ultimate tropical dance party. Established in 2010, Bombón continues to introduce booming tropical beats all the way from South and Central America to the Dirty Dirty and back. From cumbia, moombahton, tropical bass, guarachero, 3ball, baile funk, salsa, mambo to the latest in emerging Latin sounds, Bombón DJs make you want to put on your zapatos and dance el puro pinche party ‘til they hurt! Bombón’s set will feature live visuals by Leckie of Houston’s Blackout crew.
The Ponderers began as a musical challenge for two Chicago music enthusiasts, Stephanie Manriquez aka DJ Fanita Banana of FMEL and Sandra Trevino aka Angelfuk of Enchufate, who were once given the task of providing an all day music set composed solely of female-fronted artists for a one day women’s empowerment-themed festival. Taking on the challenge and then some, Stephanie and Sandra have pushed forward in their writing and with collective DJ sets (and radio hosting) to feature female-fronted & Latinx-alternative music. Using their talents to help others, The Ponderers are passionate about artists who they feel, at some point in time whether through lyrics, a video or a beat, have supported them.
Music has taken NewLife to Baile Funk & Samba parties in Brazil; Bomba & Plena parties in Puerto Rico; The Winter Music Conference in Miami; Dutty Artz in NYC; AfroFunké in LA; the sweet lands of Jamaica as well as Turntables On The Caribbean in Tulum, amongst other lands. It was a through his exposure to multiculturalism in his hometown and his world travels that inspired the creation of FEX (Foreign Exchange), which is an event dedicated to the inter-weaving of different cultural flavors in the nightlife scene. FEX helped in solidifying Chicago as an international destination for music and has since moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout California. Along the way, Newlife has shared stages with acts like Wu-Tang Clan, Hiatus Kaiyote, the Ohio Players, Sola Rosa, Chico Mann and more. Playing alongside DJs like Jeremy Sole, Rich Medina, Nickodemus, Bobbito and the amazing local DJ talent in his hometown has helped him to sharpen his skills. For NewLife, music is a practice that brings balance in all things and is to be shared. Known for his knowledge of global rhythm culture and his ability to move crowds both large and small, NewLife continues to DJ and produce music that brings people closer.
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.
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.
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.
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 work dance floors throughout the midwest, southwest & west coast. Show highlights of the two 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.