Sonorama is a Chicago-based DJ collective fronted by Charly Garcia and Eddy Baca and created with the objective of promoting world roots music through our obsessive love of vinyl music culture. More than just djs, we collect, scavenge, and are ever in search of new sonic and rhythmic delights both new, old, or sometimes forgotten, but with the purpose to share our discoveries with the rest of the internet community. Through podcasts and other various media we try and criss-cross geographic borders and genres with ease, and together with our different musical tastes and backgrounds; set out to showcase an eclectic program of rare grooves, musical curios, and Afro influenced dance music, along with any other surprises we dig up along the way.
Gingee (Marjorie Light) is a DJ, producer and vocalist from Los Angeles. DJing and producing since 2003, she is known for her unique take on electronic music, which blends elements of global bass, world music, and hip hop. Her work is a reflection of the sounds and cultures she has been exposed to growing up in Los Angeles as well as the musical world of her ancestors and beyond. From the percussive rhythms of instruments such as the Filipino Kulintang, kettle drum, and cowbells, to synths, turntables and rapping, she seeks to speak the language of music and poetry and use it to communicate a message of empowerment and celebration.
She has performed at Coachella, SXSW, Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture, Subsuelo, Magic Garage (an art and music festival she founded) and has been recognized by the international global bass community as an up and coming artist. She has been featured on KPFK, Los Angeles Times, BBC Radio, and KCET.
With over 12 years of DJ Experience, DJ Vybez is no newcomer to the scene. Having mixed in countless bars, nightclubs, lounges all over the Chicagoland area and additionally in Europe, he’s known to rock any kind of crowd. Also having a string of DJ edits that were top sellers on Yourremix.com & Strictlyhits.com, and currently on thebeatfreakz.net, he’s not only a superb DJ but also shows versatility in the music industry. Nowadays he can be found regularly 1st Fridays at Harbee’s as well as Hopsmith Tavern on weekends in downtown Chicago along with guest slots all over Chicago. (photo: Chris Filmm Duran)
DJ Rae Chardonnay’s musical explorations include House from around the world, Soul, Funk, Disco & Hip Hop. She is dedicated to making backs sweat on the dance floor and is a founder of projects such as Black Eutopia and Party Noire. As an artist Rae Chardonnay also holds recognition by the Chicago Reader’s “Best of 2016” issue as Chicago’s top DJ.
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.
Harold Gonzalez Medina aka AfroQbano is a DJ, producer & eclectic music enthusiast. AfroQbano hails from Habana, Cuba, where he worked as a DJ for a number of underground House and Hip Hop clubs and also produced and toured with some of the most well-known Cuban artists and ensembles. After moving to Chicago, he established himself as an essential part of the local global music scene. A member of Future Rootz and Peoples DJs Collective, he’s a frequent contributor to cultural programming across the city. He regularly spins at some of the most popular Chicago clubs and coordinates biweekly programming with Lumpen Radio. His original tracks and remixes have been featured on albums and mix-tapes across the world. More recently he was recognized as one of Chicago’s top three DJs in the Chicago Reader’s “Best of 2016.”
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. His musical influences include diverse genres and styles such as House, Funk, Afrobeat, Hip Hop, Bhangra and Latin rhythms. Highlights of his career include sharing stages with luminaries like Mos Def, Pete Rock, Mulatu Astatke, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Rich Medina, La Mala Rodriguez and Los Van Van. (photo: Nia Photography)
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.
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. Itzi + Tifflove are joined by caliXta on live visuals and El Timbales on percussion to form CumbiaSazo’s live set.