Luis Felipe Hernández a.k.a. Bleepolar explores rythms from his native Colombia along electronic influences. His musical proposal is loaded with raw sounds that evoke ancient landscapes, rivers and popular colombian culture in contrast with synthetic elements that give a unique touch to his production and performances. By collaborating with different artists from around the world, he now has a place among the growing Global Bass comunnity.
Bleepolar’s productions have gone a step forward by teaming up with artists like Leah Rosier (Netherlands), Marlon Ash- er (Trinidad & Tobago), Steff Kalloo (Trin- idad & Tobago), Kosta Kostov (Bulgary Germany), Caballo (Canada, Colombia) Mr. Pauer (USA), Umoja (Netherlands), El Freaky (Colombia), Dany F (Colombia), Anthony B (Jamaica) Pernett (Colombia) ChocQuibTown (Colombia) among others.
(Cut & Paste, Philadelphia)
Precolumbian is a Philadelphia-based genderqueer DJ, musician, and media activist. Weaving together her Immigrant Andina and Queer/Trans ancestries, her work operates as a medium for empowerment, decolonization, and community building. She has been transforming dance floors from Brooklyn to Mexico City, sharing the stage with Big Freedia, Kid Sister, Niña Dioz, Zuzuka Poderosa, Cakes Da Killa and others. Precolumbian was honored with the 2013 Leeway Transformation Award for her innovative work… in the club.
(Corpus Christi/Austin TX)
Ang G is a DJ, creator, and social justice & event organizer who is affiliated with Amigas Latinas, Blocks together, Venus Collective, Dyke March, and several other grassroots and not-for-profit organizations. A founding member of Peoples DJs Collective in Chicago and long time CumbiaSazo alum, Ang G is currently residing in Corpus Cristi, Texas, where she enjoys co-creating parties that are diverse in terms of age, race, ethnicity, and musical taste, with everyone packing the dance floor in rhythmic solidarity.
(Mosaico Experiencia, Austin TX)
Adzua-Gette is a musician, sound curator, and visual artist currently based in Austin, TX. They are one part of the duo Mosaico Experiencia and a member of the psych-punk band Mamis. Adzua-Gette uses their platform as a portal for possibility and are interested in the multi-faceted avenues of resistance currently being explored by third coast queers of color via sound, visuals, “archivision,” and performance.
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.
DJ Caveman hails from Chicago, the house capital of the world. His roots stem from growing up in Little Village in Chicago and his House Music-based style adds touches of latin jazz & brazilian samba rhythms resulting in sultry fusions. This veteran has been a staple in the Chicago house scene for many years and has has been a resident radio DJ from the former W.C.Y.C /WRTE 90.5 fm and WCRX 88.1 FM. Caveman has performed at the world famous Millenium Park for Viva Chicago Latin Music Fest, House Sol in the heart of Pilsen for Fiesta Del Sol, Villapalooza Festival in Little Village, West Loop Arts Fest, the House Music Block Party on Chicago’s south side, House of Blues, Congress Theatre, and more.
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.
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.