DJ Dirtyverbs (aka Logan Phillips) uses cumbia and tropical bass as a lengua franca to connect communities and cultures on the dancefloor. Dirtyverbs got his start playing backyard parties and mezcal speakeasies in Cuernavaca, Mexico in 2007, after falling in love with cumbia sonidera in Querétaro in 2003. Born and raised in the Arizona-Sonora borderlands and now based in Tucson, Arizona, Dirtyverbs has been a resident DJ at Tucson’s historic Hotel Congress since 2012 and is lead organizer and host of El Tambó (“Best Danceparty,” Tucson Weekly). He DJ’s and hosts at a number of Arizona’s keystone cultural events, including the All Souls Procession and the Rialto Theatre’s New Years Eve Party, leading both events annually since 2013. Dirtyverbs has shared the stage with Buyepongo (LA), A Tribe Called Red (Canada), Riobamba (NYC), Grupo Fantasma (Austin), Deltatron (Lima, Perú), Amadou & Miriam (Mali) and many more.
Chicha Dust (Tucson)
Tucson’s XIXA returns to their chicha roots for a massive party sound!
Via XIXA - The desert has a frequency, a sound you can hear in the wilds around. XIXA tunes in and warps it, in glittering, gritty psychedelic cumbia tracks. The band hails from the Tucson indie rock scene and wanders far and wide, into the psychedelia of Amazon backwaters, the bumping grind of chicha, quirky electronics, loud indie-rock and desert blues, surrounded by the obscure side of the American southwest. At turns rough and raw, scintillating and ethereal, the band evokes the stark magic and eeriness of the desert, in tracks that sound effortless, despite disparate source materials. Bloodline is a departure from XIXA’s first incarnation, as a chicha cover band inspired by vintage Peruvian tracks from the 70s featured on The Roots of Chicha, a compilation. The music came naturally to Brian Lopez and Gabriel Sullivan, Tucson natives with bloodlines reaching south.
La Diabla (Tijuana)
La Diabla is an infectious rhythm, five faces strategically concealed behind sunglasses and bandanas, and is credited with creating an appetite for Colombian Roots Cumbia in Tijuana and its sister city of San Diego. This band stays true to traditional instruments such as the accordion, guacaracha, and caja valleneta. La Diabla translates to "The She-Devil," and will seduce audiences with Cumbia Sabanera throughout Los Angeles and Southern California and beyond.
Frontera Bugalú (El Paso / Ciudad Juárez)
Via Frontera Bugulú - Frontera Bugalú is a musical project founded by accordionist and composer Kiko Rodriguez in El Paso, Texas in 2011. Originally established to cover songs by border composers from Texas, it eventually became its own creative project with the release of its debut album in 2011. The band made its name by performing an energetic fusion of border folk and cumbia music.
Complimented by the button accordion and keyboards, the music creates a connection between traditional border music and the Caribbean music that swept through Mexico in the 30’s. The result is a unique sound reflective of the underground “Pachuco” scene of El Paso and Juarez. It has been called “alternative cumbia” or “cumbia rock” as it fuses tropical sounds with an upbeat drum set and percussion section that leaves audiences going between a Latino dance night to a “cumbia pit”.
Frontera’s influences stem from a norteno vallenato/cumbia obsession created in Monterrey, MX, which spread to many cities on the border and was best exemplified in the 90s by groups like El Gran Silencio and Celso Piña.
They combine that with the traditional Mexican-American love for boleros, son, mambo and other old school genres, which the pachuco scene in Juarez made famous in the 30’s. Originality is the key for this sextet, which now has two studio albums under their belt and are now looking to take the sound out nationally and internationally.
Sonido Cachimbo (Ciudad Juárez)
Sonido Cachimbo is a music group from Ciudad Juárez that was born in late 2010, influenced by Latin rhythms with highlights in Colombian Cumbia, Vallenato, Porro, Merengue, among other Caribbean rhythms. This is a proposal full of dancing, celebration but at the same time meditating about specific issues of its border city, their country and Latin America. At the sound of Tropi Cumbia Fronteriza, Sonido Cachimbo tries to bring its music proposal to any place where music can create a community feeling, from a square, a plaza, a district, a theater, an auditorium, a market, or even a bar. Because they bring the party through their music and social message towards social equality, racial and gender inclusion, as well as respect for human life and dignity.
Mixes of tropical and Caribbean rhythms like cumbia, reggae, merengue, salsa and others, as well as rock, ska and punk, to mention a few, always waving proudly the Juárez border flag. These roots is what gives influence to the lyrics and music of Sonido Cachimbo, telling the border way of life and the Social issues that take place in this region and are shared with the violent globalized cities throughout Latin America, without ignoring nor forgetting all the good things and virtues of their people. The music-turning of this diverse context is what they call TROPI CUMBIA FRONTERIZA.
Since 2013 Sonido Cachimbo has made its way in multiple venues throughout Mexico and the US, performing in three editions of one of the most important cultural festivals in northern Mexico (Chihuahua ́s International Festival 2011-2014), the old Salón México in Mexico City, and also having presence in different stages throughout 5 states of the México–US border region combined.
In 2014, the band released its first album produced in a totally independent effort and without record label. Titled ̈Tropicumbia Fronteriza ̈, achieving to be played in different latitudes. In 2015 started to perform in high profile events, taking its musical proposal to the production of a complete live show.
Via Riobamba - Riobamba is an Ecuadorian-Lithuanian producer, DJ, and cultural activist based in Brooklyn. Riobamba’s rowdy, deeply researched live sets reflect back nightlife’s power as a site of joy and resistance, amplifying connective tissues between YouTube clips, dembow brujería, bodega soundtracks, and noise hyperreality "suped up with a twisted, industrial gnarl" (Complex). As a self-made bridge between música urbana’s underground movements and pioneers, Riobamba has recently shared the stage with Tego Calderón, Maluma, Nina Sky, DJ Playero, Rosa Pistola, and DJ Blass. The Fader has called her production work “a radically self-expressive piece of futurism that stands against a single, boxed-in definition of what Latinx club music can be.”
Riobamba is a recent addition to Discwoman’s artist roster, and is founder of record label and creative agency APOCALIPSIS, a platform growing visibility for narratives by those “ni de aquí, ni de allá” (neither from here, nor there). recent highlights include curating and co-producing Boiler Room’s first reggaetón showcase, and providing ongoing music education in a Brooklyn juvenile detention center.
Riobamba leads A&R for the iconic Nuyorican music label Fania, home to groundbreaking artists Celia Cruz, Héctor Lavoe, and Willie Colón, and was previously Music Editor of cultural platform Remezcla. Prior to moving to NYC, she was the first Colombia-based researcher in the Fulbright-mtvU program, studying the subversive power of digital music production in a region enduring the effects of civil conflict. Her original work has been featured in Resident Advisor, Univision, Fact Mag, The Fader, Thump, Complex, and Red Bull Music Academy Radio.
Bembona is a Puerto Rican-Panamanian DJ, Multi-Platform Artist & Activist, born & raised in Brooklyn, NY. Her work represents & pushes forward the Afro-Diasporadical movement, Latinx/Indigenous/Caribbean/African, with the purpose of empowering & bridging the gap between POC communities, generations, activist work & beyond.
Dave Nada (Los Angeles)
DC born, LA based DJ/producer Dave Nada is known as 1/2 of Nadastrom, creator of moombahton music, founder of Moombahton Massive, and a member of the Fania Collective. A pioneer and diplomat in global bass music.
Rubby (NYC / Dominican Republic)
Dominican singer-songwriter mixing R&B and Reggaetón influences, holding space for queer expression and Caribbean heritage. Raised in between New York City and New England, his work tackles notions of urban vs. rural, feminine futures and blackness.
Isaiah.fromtexas is a co-founder of Bruk Out!, San Antonio's premier tropical party that has established a much needed home for Caribbean & Latin music in San Antonio, TX. With influences ranging from Latin American, the Caribbean, & Africa, as well as having been named as the “21st Century Reinvention of Miami Bass”, (Remezcla) Bruk Out! promises to take you on a musical journey across the globe. Decked out with 8’ palm trees, flamingos, and collection of flags from various countries, as well as live percussion and visual art, the collective extends its welcome to global artists and partygoers with their bi-monthly residencies every 1st & 3rd Saturdays located in downtown San Antonio. Since then, the collective has expanded to include DJ El Cheeche, percussionist, Hippie Cholo, and visual artist, MRDA.