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Empty Bottle, Inc.

Dos Santos / Kiko Villamizar / DJ Senor Eddy (Sonorama)

Thursday, Apr 27, 2017 9:00 PM CDT
Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
21 years and over

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DOS SANTOS: Anti-Beat Orquesta is a Chicago-based band that rocks the sounds of popular Latin dance genres with psychedelic flare, from Colombian Cumbia to Afro-Caribbean Salsa. Voted Chicago's Best Emerging Artist of 2015 by the Deli Magazine's Readers Poll, their gritty and grassroots approach captures the “golden age” of streamlined tight-knit ensembles of the 1970s and 80s that shook sweatbox dance floors with fierce energy all over Latin America—honest dance music with no frills and no fear, anchored by reverb-slathered guitars, Hammond organ, and syncopated percussion.

KIKO VILLAMIZAR was born in Miami to Colombian parents and was taken to the Andean city of Medellin, Colombia when he was small and raised there. He learned Latin American folk music through the oral tradition of his family, returning to Miami to study jazz after high school. He then began traveling the Americas collecting  melodies and beats that he has formed into his own unique mix. His culture, agriculture, and life stories are put into his songs. He celebrates Mother Earth while lamenting the violence and inequality he has seen both in Medellin and in the United States. KIKO is not only a fusion of the Andes and the Caribbean.His songs are relevant and contemporary while strongly honoring its roots.

 

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