Bez Idakula

Lagos, NIGERIA
As a young musician and performer, Bez started to fine-tune his sound, draw...ing inspiration from various genres. African beats, Hip Hop, soul and jazz unified to enrich his music. In 2009/2010 he was featured in the Hennessy Artistry Series, a prestigious campaign that celebrates innovation in music and the art of blending different genres together. His first album, Super Sun, was released to critical acclaim in 2011. Around the world, voices chimed in to praise his revolutionary stylings - among them the Boston Globe, the BBC, Rolling Stone, MTV, Essence and Vogue. Bez became the first African artist to premiere a video on the BET channel. He headlined two showcases at South by Southwest Austin, before making his presence felt in New York and Los Angeles with multiple concerts, including appearances at the iTunes store. His voice powered the pre-Olympic games in London and he graced many a stage across the African continent. In 2018, Bez was one of only 11 artists selected globally to participate in the MIDEM Artist Accelerator, the world’s leading music event for creators. He is an amazing artist to watch live! Read More
Listen: Bez Idakula - High

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Caracoles

Canary Islands, SPAIN
Canary Islands are the departure point for Caracoles’ musical fusion. Sin...ce 2008 and with a very personal style, Caracoles has become a reference group in the Canary Islands bringing to its cultural and artistic panorama an open and joyful music. With a powerful live show that leaves no one untouched, the words and rythms distilled by Caracoles bring life, joy, hope, love and whirlwind of shapes and colors to the audience. Caracoles offer rumba, flamenco rhythms, latin sounds mixed with funk, pop and rock and a message full of vital energy. Their last album "Flores" (2018) reveals a more personal and audacious musicality with revealing sounds that explore new musical paths in the universe of the band. Daily life becomes the mirror of a universal reality in which the explosion of hope and joy is the driving force behind the Caracoles shows. Flores has been presented in Canary Islands, Madrid, Barcelona, Santiago de Compostela, Athens, Senegal, La Habana and Medellín. Showcases at Mapas 2019 - Cubadisco 2019 - Circulart 2019 - SXSW 2020. Read More
Listen: Caracoles - Futuro

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Goyo

Chocó, COLOMBIA
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Hector Coco Barez

San Juan, PUERTO RICO
Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico on March 22, 1976, Héctor “Coco” Barez i...s one of the most active Puerto Rican percussionists of his generation. During his extensive career he has had the opportunity to represent the Island in both folkloric and popular music stages. After years of extensive touring & collaborations with Artist such as Calle 13, Don Omar, Bio Ritmo & Bacilos. In 2017 Hector"coco"Barez Releases his first solo Album entitled El Laberinto del coco, recorded between Richmond Virginia and Puerto Rico. Where he uses Bomba, the oldest musical tradition of African descent in Puerto Rico, as a link that blend his experiences in the Island and abroad. Coco keeps a busy schedule touring with Miami based band Bacilos and constructing what is going to be the Laberinto del Coco Tour expected to start sometime around summer or all fall 2020. Hector”coco”Barez is an Adjunct Latin percussion instructor at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Since 2019, and a musician for the University of Richmond Dance Department. He also teach and do workshops on Puerto Rican percussion all over the globe. Sponsors: Meinl Percussion, Vic Firth Drumsticks, Remo Drums Heads. Paiste Cymbals Read More
Listen: Hector Coco Barez - Bombuleria

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HIHEAL

Aguada, PUERTO RICO
​HIHEAL is the creation of Puerto Rican pianist, composer and producer AL...EXA RIVERA. It's uniquely influenced on rock, funk, atmospheric and electronic music, but rooted in Puerto Rican musical heritage at the same time. Therefore is deliberately out of genre. The whole theme of the album UNDER ME is centered on the spiritual dilemma of embracing our own fears to empower ourselves. In a way, HIHEAL goal with it’s listeners is to dive into their own self to discover the treasure behind their own fears. HIHEAL was born in the aftermath of one of the most destructive natural disasters that has faced the island of Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria. The apocalyptic devastation that took place, plus the struggle of living without basic commodities like electricity, water, gasoline and food rationing for three months, fueled ALEXA's creative essence. Taking her to a very vulnerable and contemplative place where most of the compositions emerged. The music that came through is powerful, dark, deep and raw, with a hint of analog synths, modern electro-latin beats and "jíbaro" textures. Read More
Listen: HIHEAL - Jibaro Anciano

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Kusht

Glasgow, UK-SCOTLAND
Kusht is a Scottish born wanderer who takes inspiration from all over the w...orld to create a fusion of psychedelic-folkloric, electronic music. His live shows consist of his eclectic worldly tunes mixed with delicate sampling and his heavily distorted guitar for that psychedelic rock touch. Expect playful grooves and hypnotising melodies ready to transport you to familiar memories or distant grounds. “Kusht is a word we use in Scotland to describe any moment, any feeling or any place. It is when something feels especially nice so i’ll try to conjure a kusht moment for us all to share." Read More
Listen: Kusht - Pyramids

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La Matilda

Bogotá, COLOMBIA
La Matilda and their music bring a party of unity and joy. They have toured... several places in Ecuador, Colombia and United States showing a colorful and multicultural fusion that combines Caribbean and Pacific rhythms. This emotive, explosive and full of Latin rhythms experience can blow your mind. Their musical proposal creates awareness and demonstrates his pride in Latin culture, their style is New Latin Roots Music. Read More
Listen: La Matilda - La Cumbia Galáctica (Remix)

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Olmeca

Las Vegas, NV
Olmeca is a Bilingual Hip-Hop artist, producer, activist and scholar who ha...s been featured on Complex Magazine, Billboard, NPR, Huffington Post, Noisey, and Democracy Now. His work has been featured on various documentaries on PBS, BBC World, as well as, featured films. He has written music for tv shows including “Sons of Anarchy,” and toured Latin American, U.S. and Europe. Currently, Olmeca is celebrating the release of his new album, “DEFINE". The album can be found on multiple playlists on Spotify and itunes where some of the singles are reaching 100k plays. He is faculty at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in the Interdisciplinary Gender and Ethnic Studies Department teaching Latin American History, Latinx in the U.S. and Hip-Hop courses. For the next year, Olmeca will be a Kennedy Center Artist Fellow and Noisey says, "Olmeca is a 21 century shaman and one of the reasons bilingual music is a thing today..." Read More

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Rolex Rasathy

Queens, NY
Born and raised in New York, Rolex Rasathy is a singer-songwriter and creat...ive visionary. Drawing her musical talent from lifelong, professional training in Carnatic (South Indian classical) music, her music is deeply expressive. Her music is also heavily influenced by jazz, R&B, and hip-hop genres. Her first experimental English/Tamil EP "Vellavattai" was born out of a pivotal, life-changing experience while living and working in Sri Lanka in 2016. Since the release of the album, she has worked with prominent independent industry artists and has performed globally. She released two R&B and soul singles, "Honestly" and "I Love the Way" in 2018. Her most recent release, "Raavanan" has been a global hit and selected by BBC Asian Network as 'Track of the Week'. She currently lives in New York City and regularly performs both her independent & Carnatic music, including recently at the prestigious Lincoln Center in NYC. Read More
Listen: Rolex Rasathy - Raavanan

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STOUT

New Haven, CT
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Victoria La Mala

Los Angeles, CA
When you think of traditional Mexican music, you don’t think of a saucy, ...sexy powerhouse Latina diva with a hip-hop swagger and a whole lot of heart. However, Victoria “La Mala” Ortiz is about to change that perception for good. The singer and songwriter transforms the Mexican genre with her impressive vocal range, striking style, and urban savvy. She describes this enigmatic musical hybrid best. “If 2Pac and Selena had a child, it would be me,” the singer declares with a grin. “I have old school influences with a new spirit.” As a child in Mexico City, Victoria started singing nursery rhymes literally before she learned to speak. She can recall wild parties with a live Banda or Mariachi band performing at her family’s home, immersing her in music. Moving to New York City, she formally pursued her dream of becoming a singer, cutting her first demo in between gigs. Those songs eventually fell into the hands of tastemaker Pepe Garza. Victoria’s debut single “Ahora Soy Mala” hit airwaves and incited a flurry of requests. Victoria is prepping for an EP release top of the year. The Project will be a fusion of Mexican genres-mariachi, cumbia, Mexican-trap etc. Read More
Listen: Victoria La Mala - Fin de Semana

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Zatélithe

Medellín, COLOMBIA
Zatélithe is afrofuturismo. He recreates a sound laboratory that uses vari...ous aesthetic manifestations of the African heritage mixed with modern linguistic manifestations such as parlache (Something like Slang), popular jokes expressions, Spanglish and other artistic expressions like graffiti. All of that exposed on a fusion of African rhythms such as Kuduro, Kizomba, Afrobeat, Dancehall and Ragga that, wrapped in an urban musical base like funk, claim a multicultural identity that Latin Americans carry on. He is committed to extending to his audience all the energy that characterizes his vocalist on stage, as Mc that envolves them in a party full of fun, dancing, color and intelligent and humorous reflections about current social context, thus achieving resonance in a broad spectrum of age, gender and economic activity. Zatélithe has produced 2 recordings that are part of his sound exploration. Fritos de Mi Tierra (2009) and Colombianada (2013), both full of joy, rhythm, humor and in the last case, with an activism for sustainable mobility with the bicycle as a green transport system par excellence, which becomes an important communicative strength for Zatélithe. Read More

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