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Dj Santero

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Santero comes from a long family tradition of Latin musicians and Sonidero sound system deejays. He was raised in the mountains, jungles and Atlantic coasts of Central America where he travelled extensively from Guatemala to Panama performing with his father’s Salsa & Cumbia bands. He came to the United States at a young age as a refugee escaping the political upheaval that was tearing Central America apart in the late 70’s and 80’s. From the ghettos of New York and New Orleans to the barrios of San Francisco and Los Angeles, Santero has refined his sonic palette and delivery by performing relentlessly in nightclubs, warehouses and on street corners. Drawing from such diverse musical influences as Reggae, Jazz, Punk, Funk and Hip-Hop, Santero incorporated his traditional Latin upbringing with these western music styles and developed his own brand of international fusion beats. Eventually his constant touring and performing led him back to his roots in Central America and the Caribbean. He eventually found himself in Habana, Cuba, where he was initiated as a priest in the Yoruba/Santeria religion and crowned as an avatar to the African deity Obatala, spirit of peace and light. 
 
Santero now resides in Oakland, CA. He splits his time working as a recording artist, producer & deejay. He currently holds residencies at both Bissap Baobab and Madrone Art Bar in San Francisco as well as Somar in Oakland. In 2005 he was named Best New Artist by Batanga magazine for his debut album, Arawaks & Maroons and made Remezcla’s 2008 Top Ten New Latin Artist list. Santero's sophomore release, El Hijo de Obatala garnered critical acclaim, having been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered & Latino USA. El Hijo de Obatala was on critics’ top 10 lists for best album of 2009 in the Village Voice, SF Weekly & other publications. Santero won the 2009 SF Weekly Music Award for Best International Artist and has been featured on many prominent music blogs since. The third EP by Santero, entitled Tambores de Afrika (Baylando Records 2015), is an exploration of the impact African rhythms have had on the music of Latin America. Funky Afro-Beat drums, poly-rhythmic Coupe Decaler dance beats & Angolan Kuduro styles blended with Latin percussion & call and response vocals. Santero reaches deep into his Latin roots & African diaspora sensibilities to bring together the best of two musical worlds in this utterly danceable & celebratory release. Santero is constantly touring and performing and exploring ways to fulfill his musical destiny.

 

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