10 NYC-Based Latino Artists to Know


The Culture Trip-New York recently featured 10 New York City-based Latino artists. The article highlights creative Latinos from Brooklyn to the Bronx, “just a few of the Latinos representing and creating for New York City.” The full list is fascinating. Here are just a few, excerpted from the list—check out the link at the end for descriptions of the 10 artists. The excerpts included below are on Nuyorican spoken word artist poet Bonafide Rojas; DJ duo The Martinez Brothers, Bronx-born Puerto Ricans [shown above]; Puerto Rican music artist Destiny Nicole Frasqueri or Destiny Ortiz (aka Princess Nokia); Panamanian artist Andres Gallardo; Puerto-lombian (in his words) DJ Geko Jones; and Puerto Rican-born visual multimedia artist Hector Arce-Espasas.

Bonafide Rojas: A seasoned spoken word artist and poet, Bonafide Rojas has been bearing his soul on the stage for the last decade and a half. When he’s not running his publishing house or gigging with his experimental rock band, The Mona Passage, Rojas finds time to lead several after-school workshops for at-risk youth in South Bronx family shelters and youth detention centers. [. . .]

The Martinez Brothers: Children of the famed Paradise Garage, prominent in the 70s and 80s, Chris and Steve wear New York on their sleeve. Hailing from the Bronx, these two young men have already created a global presence for themselves, holding residencies at clubs in Ibiza and dance floors worldwide. Although they continue to gain the respect of underground house and techno music communities, The Martinez Brothers remain forever humble and grateful to their New York roots.

Princess Nokia: You can catch her uptown, on the Lower East Side, and anywhere dancing is allowed. Her music is an exquisite mix of angelic vocals and African drums over carefree, electric synnths. Although comparisons can be made to other Latina alternative acts in the game, there is only one Princess Nokia. She refers to her sound as ‘high-tech fairy girl music’. [. . .]

Andres Gallardo: His local followers know him as ‘the gem guy’. For Andres, what started off as a gifting of handcrafted works of art to friends and family soon became a local movement to share his talents to strangers across the country. A true labor of love, Andres has gifted hundreds of free art to random people over the course of a few years. To create these ‘gems’, he uses whatever materials he has around him as a canvas; driftwood, old vinyls, and t-shirts to name a few (the art is free, but the art supplies are not after all). The pieces are then posted on his Instagram page with a cryptic description or quote that launches a scavenger-like quest for his fans. Recently, his style has focused on recreating images of musicians and artists that inspire him.

Geko Jones of Dutty Artz, Que Bajo?! Tapping into a very tribal instinct to move, Geko Jones has been setting dance floors ablaze for some time now. He has also found time to assemble a dream team of global music artists under his Dutty Artz label. Alongside his fellow compadre Uproot Andy, Jones founded Que Bajo?! , a long-running monthly tropical dance party that has taken over New York City. [. . .]

Hector Arce-Espasas of D’marquesina: When he’s not forming one half of the DJ duo D’marquesina, Hector Arce-Espasas makes a name for himself as a visual multimedia artist. Like any of the parties he spins at, his work can be categorized as dynamic and slightly erotic. Inspired by ideas of cultural identity, colonial exploitation and nationalism, his series of tropical fruits and curvaceous derrières are guaranteed to leave you curious for more. [. . .]

For full descriptions, see http://theculturetrip.com/north-america/usa/new-york/articles/10-nyc-based-latino-artists-to-know/%0A

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