A Chicago native now based in Brooklyn, DJ Beto is known across NYC and beyond for his signature blend of Future Dancehall with Dembow in-between Trini-Soca, Kuduro, Cumbia Sonidera and more. No throw-backs or middle of the road crowd-pleasers, DJ Beto pushes for the newest in mash-up’s, remixes, and progressive sounds from across the globe, creating a party that is as diverse and hybrid as its music.
Beto is one-half of the Brooklyn-based DJ duo iBomba with partner DJ Ushka, dubbed “NYC’s best underground Latin party” by Timeout New York, iBomba has spun collectively and individually at Brooklyn Museum, Le Poisson Rouge, S.O.B’s, BB Kings NYC, Tammany Hall, The Shrine and La Respuesta shared stages with Bomba Estero, Ozomatli, Los Amigos Invisibles, Zuzuka Poderosa, Los Rakas, Venus X, DJ/ Rupture, Q-tip and Tony Touch and has been profiled on Remezcla Mix-Fix.
Luke Isaac was born in Spanish Harlem, grew up in Brooklyn, lived and studied in Chicago, and currently lives in Berlin and Brooklyn. Formerly Cool Hand Luke and starting in 2008, Luke has played hundreds of shows in 15+ countries on 3 continents, both solo and alongside an eclectic list of artists including Pete Rock, Method Man, DJ Rashad, Death Grips, Araabmuzik, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Venus X, Nguzunguzu, Chance The Rapper, Pusha T, The Gaslamp Killer, Mike Q, and more. He is also the tour DJ for Le1f (XL Recordings) for international dates and has affiliations to different creative collectives and DJ crews such as OVERBORED (Berlin), Through My Speakers (Berlin), WCKids (New York), Hot Crew 57 (New York) &People’s DJ Collective (Chicago).
¡Esso! Afrojam Funkbeat
(live from Chicago)
Cultural consciousness, unity and celebratory dance are the ideals behind multicultural musical outfit ¡ESSO! Afrojam Funkbeat. The Chicago based ensemble perform a unique interfusion of Afro-Latin inspired compositions and jams. Influenced by the global troubadours and subversive thinkers of an emerging counterculture in the 70s and 80s, the band pays homage to the traditional and progressive while taking their own step forward.
The rustic rhythms of Fela spiced with the textures of Fania blend with an improvisational ritual resembling the Funk Brothers; all from the streets that birthed house music. ¡ESSO! has experimental roots with live musicians setting the stage for soul singers, “coro” group singing, and poetic emcees. This platform has cemented into a diverse group finding an outlet at global street festivals and venues with an impassioned heart on its studied sleeve.
(Villapalooza, Que Horas Son)
DJ Mos is a dear friend and co-founder of Que Horas Son and Villapalooza– Little Village Music Festival. Que Horas Son is a local-arts-first party based in Pilsen and Villapalooza is a free, all-day, all-ages music festival dedicated to promoting non-violent spaces for arts and community engagement. Drawing both local and international musicians, Villapalooza has emerged as one of Chicago’s most popular and diverse grassroots music festivals.
(The Ponderers, Enchufate)
Angelfuk is one half of DJ duo The Ponderers, which began as a musical challenge for two Chicago music enthusiasts 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, members Stephanie Manriquez and Sandra Trevino (Angelfuk) have pushed forward in their writing and with collective DJ sets (and radio hosting in Sandra’s case) to feature female-fronted & Latin-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.
(Sunny Side Up, Akasuba)
Kenyan-born DJ Mwelwa Musambacine is influenced by cultures and people across the globe. He is recognized across music circles as one of Chicago’s foremost international and global music DJs and his assorted mix includes reggae, kizomba, salsa, bachata, samba, merengue, afrobeat, ndombolo, semba, soca, calypso, soukous, zouk, house, and various types of Arabic, Indian & African varieties. Mwelwa also plans and promotes events as a part of Akasuba.
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.
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 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 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.