DJ: Juan G
MIXTAPE: ¡Pa’lante! Vol.2
It’s been a while since the last ñu-cumbia mixtape I featured here. Back when we started this weekly column, that’s what it was all about, but nowadays they’re somewhat harder to come by. Oakland’s Juan G. is here to revitalize the hybrid genre with new fire for the eclectic dance-floor.
Juan G. is a digger who specializes in old-school African sounds and curates a blog about it, he’s also an accomplished photographer and, of course, a DJ. He started as a reggae selectah many years ago but since then he’s been incorporating plenty other styles into his mix and exploring his own Latin roots.
With the explicit purpose of helping promote his weekly party in San Francisco, Juan G. put together this almost an hour long set with remixed cumbias from all over the continent and beyond, including plenty of familiar names like Frente Cumbiero, Dengue Dengue Dengue, Up Root Andy and Novalima, plus exclusive productions by El Kool Kyle who co-hosts the party with Juan and Mr. Lucky.