Who is DJ Bembona? A recent graduate of Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus, with a bachelor’s degree in Media Arts, Digital Audio, and Sound Design, Xiomara Marie uses all of her multi-platform media and performing arts skills in conjunction with her recent DJ career. A lover of music and all things world culture, Xiomara is ready to introduce herself to the world as DJ Bembona.

She’s been making her presence known in New York’s underground this year with DJ sets at parties like Rabiosa at Baby’s All Right, and we’re excited to debut her mixtape on Apple Music Connect as part of our wrap-up of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Enter La Sala: a space where family, guests, conversation, drinks, and music intertwine. Grab a trago from the kitchen, take a seat on the plastic-covered couch, and enter the musical journey of DJ Bembona’s childhood.

As an Afro-Latina (Boricua y Panameña), her latest mixtape aims to step back in time and pull out the hits that recall her fondest memories as an homage of her parents, while embracing her blackness and Latinx heritage. With a unique blend of salsa dura, Motown, Latin house, merengue, funk, and more, we get a taste of DJ Bembona’s musical influences and cultural upbringing, all in the setting of her home of Brooklyn.

Check out the mix above, exclusively on Apple Music Connect.

If you’re in Brooklyn, catch DJ Bembona live this weekend at Loveless Saturdays at One Last Shag.