FRIDAY, MAY 4th, 2018, 6pm-2am • HOTEL CONGRESS • TUCSON, ARIZONA
It’s never been done before! DJ’s and artists from both coasts and the southwest converge in Tucson for a massive night of cumbia, reggaetón, dancehall, moombahton, afrobeats and puro baile! We spotlight the important, young tropical / latinx cultural movement in Tucson and the US, putting emphasis on the relevance of diaspora and the critical contributions of women, queer artists and people of color. Each artist comes to El Tambó not only representing themselves, but their communities where they are each active cultural workers and movement organizers.
Riobamba DJ (NYC) – 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.
DJ Bembona (NYC) – 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 From Texas (San Antonio) – DJ & organizer of Bruk Out!.
Chaboi (LA) – DJ/Producer born in Mexico City and raised in Los Angeles, co-founder of the Late Night Laggers crew.
Vivotropical (Mexicali) – digital cumbia band from Baja California, Mexico.
Sonido El Tambó (Tucson) – DJ Dirtyverbs (