Helado Negro with KAINA opening on the Hotel Congress Plaza
Helado Negro creates electronic avant-pop with bilingual lyrics exploring his Latinx identity.
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Helado Negro with KAINA opening
Club Congress Plaza – Friday, May 20 – $15 adv / $18 dos + Taxes & Fees, all ages
KAINA’s music can feel like a bridge to others or a reflection of yourself. With lyrics that balance comforting warmth and sharp interrogation of her thoughts and the world around her, the 25-year-old singer-songwriter knows exactly how and when to pluck at listeners’ heartstrings. Her critically acclaimed full-length debut, 2019’s Next to the Sun, was anchored by a resolved steadiness in her voice, with unique ear-worms sung over genre-bending production. Serving as a vehicle to uplift and build community, the project introduced KAINA’s signature sound lined with a sweet-hearted optimism and devastating authenticity, which catapulted KAINA to the forefront of a new wave of artists transforming the music landscape with deeply honest and innovative expression.
Born and raised in Chicago to Venezuelan and Guatemalan parents, KAINA always carries her lineage with her, often singing about healing generational trauma and expressing what it means to grow up as a first-generation kid. “We’re all as a family unlearning a certain fight or flight mentality,” she explains. “So I’ve seen how that impacts my parents. And I’m seeing how it impacts me, brings up childhood anxieties, and things I couldn’t understand within myself hindered me. Through my songwriting, I’m able to reframe how I view those experiences by adding context and nuance.”
KAINA is a self-proclaimed product of non-profit organizations and youth programming in Chicago, which she credits for giving her confidence in her voice as an artist and inspiring her to do the same for the next generation. The raw authenticity and care for community instilled in her are inseparable from KAINA’s approach to music and life as a whole. Her commitment to these ideals cemented her place in the vibrant fabric of Chicago’s musical impact on a global scale with her collaborations with artists like Saba and The O’My’s or shared bills with NNAMDÏ and Jamila Woods.
On It Was a Home, KAINA flourishes as a skilled producer and writer while she experiments with dreamy soul and lush sonic universes that push past the discomfort that comes with such intense vulnerability. The album also features striking collaborations with devoted supporters of KAINA such as Sleater-Kinney, Helado Negro, and co-executive producer Sen Morimoto. Ultimately, the album’s stunning new artistic direction coupled with KAINA’s unrivaled authenticity position her as one of today’s most essential artists.