Uproot Andy is a Brooklyn based DJ/Producer and co-founder of Que Bajo, the NYC based party that helped pioneer the so called Global Bass movement with its all embracing approach to global electronic music. Uproot Andy’s unique sound of bass heavy and melodic dance music first began appearing outside the club on mixtapes such as Guacharaca Migration and Worldwide Ting as well as on early releases by the Bersa Discos and ZZK record labels. Since then he has toured extensively in Europe and across the Americas appearing in diverse settings from Colombia’s Carnaval de Barranquilla to New York’s Central Park Summerstage to the Gilles Peterson Worldwide Awards in London. Andy and Que Bajo co-founder Geko Jones also represented their global bass sound at the Red Bull Music Academy Culture Clash in NYC and have recently launched Que Bajo Records to release a steady stream of remixes and club edits that give the now famous party its signature sound.
Rimel is an up-and-coming all female Regional Mexican band based in Chicago. The sisters have released original singles “El Logro” and “No Se Asombren” and are currently working on their first full album scheduled to be released in 2016. They have performed in a series of venues across the country and their focus is to bring a diverse sound to the Latin scene due to their Mexican-American upbringing and the musical influences that come with it.
Umberto Castadena aka Umbertron is a Chicago-based Producer & DJ who began producing for local rap artists in high school and eventually grew & evolved towards dance music production, putting his touch on everything from Juke & Trap to Hardstyle, Hip-hop & more. An up & coming producer on the Chicago scene, he’s released over 70 tracks in collaboration with artists like DJ Funk, Kaptain Cadillac & Trevor Benz and has shared stages with the likes of DJ Snake, DJ Isaac, Amtrak, Gene Hunt, Christy Murderbot & more.
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.
caliXta VJs and DJs as part of CumbiaSazo as well as dále shine. Originally from Chicago, caliXta co-founded dále shine to explore & spin a wide variety of digital music, integrate visuals into music, and work to create a scene for ‘cyber ritmos’ in various local scenes. Her philosophy is to create and bridge spaces through an audio-visual experience from around the world that people will love. dále shine is a party series dedicated to showcasing the music of latinx america, integrating that music into the Chicago soundscape, and providing a safe space for diversity of expression.
Itch13 (aka Itchie Fingers) is a Brooklyn-based DJ, MC, and Producer. Aside from being super friendly, smiley and generous with hugs, he is an experienced selector hailing from the Chicago nightlife scene. Itch13 transforms the eclectic into the iconic with his blends of TRVP, Electric Nu-Soul, Future Dancehall, Boogie, forward thinking Hip-Hop, Funk & Breaks, Underground EDM, and Deep House.
Itch13 honed his diverse yet discriminating tastes as a buyer at Chicago’s Gramophone records and has shared stages with Wiz Khalifa, Guru (Gangstarr), Little Brother, Clyde Stubblefield, DJ Kool Herc, Dead Prez, Wise Intelligent & The Black Sheep. He’s performed at most major venues in Chicago, including Millenium Park, Chicago Theatre, House of Blues, and The Metro.
DJ Idaima hails from Peoples DJs Collective, which is a crew of DJs supporting, empowering, learning with each other & community, guided by love & values of social justice. Supporting genres, communities & causes at the margins & music without borders, each of the Peoples DJs brings a unique translation of the intersection of dance & liberation.
In her words, “DJing to me its about sharing quality, conscious music from all over the world that some of us are not exposed to often. I mix a lot of old & new classics and underground music from all types of genres especially Soulful House, Underground Hip-Hop and Cumbias!”
Hailing from Chicago’s south side, Mr. West gained early influence from early hip hop & Chicago house music yet incorporates various influences in his wide-ranging sets. Catering to his followers and the local indie elctro movement, you can find West at many of Chicago’s more popular venues including the Underground, Debornair, Subterranean, Rodan, Crocodile, EvilOlive and more. We’re excited to Mr. West to be bringing a special take on cumbias to the mix!
(Cuba/Chicago/Peoples DJs Collective)
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.
(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.
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 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’s 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.