Santa Muerte is comprised of Houston-based artists Sines and Panchitron, who through their productions offer up a pallet of guttural darkness that oscillates between sensual perreo and a frenetic mix of hyperactive grime vibes. Highlighting the duo’s aura is the name of the act, Santa Muerte; Mexico’s cult of Holy Death and a reference to the worship of an underground goddess of death and the dead.
From trap and hip-hop to dark dembow, Sines and Panchitron embrace an inclusive encounter of music cultures. Encompassing various factors ranging from visual aesthetics to the sound itself, Santa Muerte is more than music; it’s an expression of the everyday mosaic of subcultures in the United States.
Los Vicios de Papá
Los Vicios de Papá is a high energy internationally-rooted band with socially conscious lyrics stemming from their struggling and undocumented youth experience. LVDP’s sound started with a passion for ska & reggae and has evolved into an 8-piece band that arranges Cumbia, Dancehall, Huapachon, Hip Hop, Reggae and Ska to create an intoxicating mix that ignites concertgoers into a frenzy at all costs.
(Reggae, Dub y Cumbia, Sonidero Jaguar, Chicago)
Reggae Selectress Kinky P focuses on traditional Sound System Culture from Jamaica, playing the classics and latest international Reggae Sounds. A founding member of Chicago’s Reggae, Dub y Cumbia party, Kinky P plans to haul out a special crate of cumbias alongside her usual fare for CumbiaSazo. Some of her influences include King Tubby, Lee Scratch Perry, Mad Professor, Jah Shaka, King Earthquake, Zion Train, Channel One, Dubkasm, Radikal Guru, Jahtari, Mungo’s HI FI, Dreadsquad, Dub-Stuy, Simmer Down Sound, Irie Ites, and Digital Dubs. Strictly Vinyl!!
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.
Airek ft. Diego Puerta
(Ciudad Juarez, MX). Facebook page
Logan Lu is a veteran MC (Master of Ceremonies) and accomplished poet who has hosted events throughout Chicago and the United States. His energetic flow of words, social commentary, and years of experience donning the mic is the perfect combination that makes him an excellent MC. He has hosted events for Calle 13, Ana Tijoux, and Saul Williams and is currently the resident MC & hostpoet at CumbiaSazo.
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.
Leo Traverso aka DJ Somos of Taste Da Flavour DJ Collective, is a DJ, promoter & event producer. His style is representative of Afro-Latino, South American, Middle Eastern, Tribal, World Fusion House music with Balearic, Soul, Funkiness, for added Flavour. DJ Somos podcasts can be enjoyed on Mixcloud.
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.
Photos: Logan Lu, Itzi & Tifflove by Carolina Sánchez, Calixta by UnseenHeroes