Mondo.NYC 2021 Showcase Artist
October 12, 2021, 11:00:00 PM
Mondo Live Stream [Going Global Showcase]
Beny Esguerra and New Tradition Music fuse bilingual socially-conscious spoken word, beatboxing, indigenous kuisi bunsi flute (aka Colombian gaita), turntablism and Bronx-style ‘70s salsa, alongside Afro-Cuban and Colombian secular and religious drumming. Led by Juno-nominated multi-instrumentalist educator and activist Beny Esguerra, New Tradition Music delivers an interactive multidisciplinary performance which fuses ancient and contemporary instruments and incorporates dance, live painting and hip hop to explore themes of justice, environmental healing and respect for ancestors and land treaties. Northside Kuisi, the group's third LP, is a carefully-woven song cycle of 14 compositions chronicling an archeological dig in the distant future where traditional instruments from North and South America, alongside a vinyl disc containing encrypted information from the year 2021, are unearthed.