A New Tradition ~ CD Release Jam!
For as long as we’ve know him, our friend Ruben ‘Beny’ Esguerra has been working tirelessly to complete a musical project that is the result of many years of studying, researching and performing Colombian traditional music, spoken word and hip-hop music.
Last December, while in Cartagena, Colombia, Beny’s producer Luis Orbegozo handed me a CDR entitled “A New Tradition“, I listened to it on my flight home and was totally immersed in a world of tambores and poetry. I picked out elements of the album that I had heard Beny perform in Cuba and in Toronto many years prior and I realized this whole album was a labour of love that Beny had been working on since I met him.
On “A New Tradition“ tambores and gaitas meet DJ scratches and beatboxes, the past and the present collide on the dancefloor creating perfect harmony between traditional and modern. A Salsa will blend with dancehall, a cumbia rhythm becomes a break beat and it all brings the community, young and old, to the dance floor.
And it’s obvious that Beny’s sense of community helped create this album. From the 18 year old kid he has playing tambor and beatboxing, to his own brother DJing and designing the cover art – Beny brings together peoples of all walks of life to create and collaborate.
“A New Tradition” is just as the title states, it’s the beginning of a new wave of Latino talent in Canada. All artists and performers, young Latinos who are creating new roots in Canada and developing new traditions to express their generation.
Tonight – Ruben is joined by a 13-piece band to celebrate the release of the “A New Tradition” album. Check out the preview clip below and we’ll see you on the dancefloor TONIGHT!
A NEW TRADITION – CD RELEASE JAM
Ruben ‘Beny’ Esguerra backed up by a 13 Piece live band directed by Luisito Orbegoso
Live Painting by:
Jessica Grifone, Millie Carranza & Special Guests.
Dance Performances by:
The F.A.M. (Future Art Movement), Melissa Noventa, Alexa Esguerra-Carranza, Marina Sandoval.
Special Appearences by:
Brownman Ali – Trumpet
Yiyi Yisel – Percussion and vocals
Cristina Da Silva – Photography Exhibit
Medardo Freire – Multimedia Exhibit
Youth N Charge – Emcees
Deejays: No Capitalista & Siez Swift
A NEW TRADITION – Debut Album
LULA LOUNGE – AUGUST 30th, 2012 8:00 P.M.
LIMITED TICKETS – $10 in advance
LIMITED TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT
The Bombshelter 166a Spadina Ave & QUEEN ST. W. (Northwest Corner)
MAD ONE BARBERSHOP 256a Queen St. W INSIDE THE BLACKMARKET