Mexico City-based Sotomayor is an electronic music project with Latin American influence led by siblings Raul and Paulina Sotomayor. As a four-piece band, Sotomayor rescues cumbia and peruvian rhythms “chicha” and fuses them with forward-thinking & dance-heavy beats. Their first LP is called “Salvaje” and it was published in March 2015 by the Mexican NetLabel “Tropic-All “, and the UK label “New Hispanic Music”.
Raul is best known as one half of “Beat Buffet”, a project that in 2013 published his debut album “Juegue”, selected as the “best Funk/Jazz/Fusion album of the Year” by IMAS (Independent Music Awards). He is also the creator of “DayOff”, a now infamous daytime party that presented “Global bass” acts like Dengue Dengue Dengue (Peru), Schlachthofbronx (Germany), and Frikstailers (Argentina), to name a few. Paulina is also the drummer of the rock/folk band “Jefes del Desierto”.
The innovative sound of the band allowed them to feature at legendary festivals “Vive Latino” and “Festival Marvin” and they’ll be a featured artist at the upcoming SXSW in conjunction with their first US tour.
Bumbac Joe is the musical project of the Venezuelan Chicago-based DJ/producer Leopoldo Bello which explores Afro-Latin, jazz, tropical, and electronic beats. He’s been spinning for more than 10 years and has shared turntables with artists such as Armand Van Helden, Roy Davis Jr, Dany Howells, and Judge Jules and presentations with artists like Ojos de Brujo, Aterciopelados, Sinkane, Canteca de Macao, and Shantel & The Bucovina Club Orkestar. His original tracks can be found on various compilation discs such as “Venezuela Dance vol. 1”(Gozadera Records – USA/Venezuela), “Banti. Tarifa Summer Sessions (Banti records – Spain), “360 Noches” (Altamira Suites – Venezuela), “Soundial Loft[esque] Compilation” (Soundial Records – Canada), and a remix in “Nueva Onda Nueva, Electronic Aldemaro” (FNB Grabaciones – Venezuela).
In 2006 released his first album, “Domestic Bar” (“Bar Doméstico a Domicilio”) with the support of José Luis Pardo, a.k.a. Dj Afro (exLos Amigos Invisibles guitarist) and in 2013 won the popular vote of the José James “Trouble” remix contest on Indaba Music.com.
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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.
Originally in a metal band called Mara, members Fernando Chavez (guitar) and Francisco ‘Paco’ Noyola (keys, programming) formed DJ duo Los MaraFackas after the bands hiatus in late 2013. In early 2014, Los MaraFackas focused on developing their sound and identity in the studio, drawing most of their inspiration from Moombahton, a Dutch house-reggaeton fusion created by Dave Nada in 2009. By the summer of 2014, they began DJing various underground and warehouse events primarily DJing moombahton music; because of their opinion of it being absent in the Chicago scene. In early 2015, still producing and DJing, Los MaraFackas wrote and independently released their moombahton track ‘Care(less)’ on Soundcloud, catching the attention of ‘Moombahtonistas’, a Dominican Republic-based blog, and later featured on a “Top 10 list” alongside tracks by Noizekid, Uproot Andy and Orlande Guerreiro. As 2015 unfolded, they performed various clubs and venues and earned a residency at Evil Olive’s ” We Got Candy” event. 2016 already has been a great success for the duo as they’ve shared stages with the likes of Choppa Dunks, 4B, and The Trap House. Their upcoming ‘Feo Status’ EP will be released this spring.
Sultry and fun, modern yet timeless: Myq Moon offers up a diverse array of music with a soulful backbone. This Chicagoan pours heart, considering the dance floor to be his main office. Effortlessly displaying spellbinding tunes that leaves the audience feeling liberated and free. An open format style, Myq Moon encourages everyone to let go and just be, stimulating a positive, and universal influence through a dynamic sound.
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.
We the Fírme
We the Firme cut his teeth in the underground party scene in Chicago. The boiling room of hot Chicago house DJs became an endless well of influence with talent from several generations of the dance movement. Now he has nearly a decade of gigs ranging from deep dark and sweaty underground parties to gallery art shows and museum events under his belt. His sets reach back to decades of music color to draw a mosaic of sound incorporating dance culture and an homage to Latino rhythms, disco, funk, hip-hop, and soul.
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 is the resident DJ and faithful organizer of CumbiaSazo, Chicago’s largest and one of the US’ most expansive cumbia + global bass parties. Having also worked with FEX, Sonic Diaspora and Peoples DJs Collective, his cultural projects focus on community-building, global bass music, and liberation-minded dance floors. A recent tour with CumbiaSazo saw Itzi Nallah work dance floors throughout the midwest, southwest & west coast while current residencies in Chicago include the infamous Double Door and Harbee in Pilsen (for Alegría). Show highlights include 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.