Don't miss Buyepongo, Sang Matiz, Maisa Duke, and Dj Kool Kyle at our Pre-Carnaval Party!
BUYEPONGO, “to cause a ruckus,” is a group that pushes music to the limit by moving massive crowds to dance nonstop, demonstrating that Latin music runs through it’s veins with original songs and unique compositions.
With deep roots in South and Central America, Buyepongo draw heavily from pan-Latin music culture taking their cues from traditional "roots" music. Influenced by the traditional sounds of Colombia, Haiti, Belize, Honduras and the Dominican Republic their arrangements are of full-of-life creating a vibrant sound that seamlessly fuses merengue, punta and cumbia. The group's pulse and power is built around the drum and guacharaca (pronounced: wah cha rah ca) giving them an upbeat tropical flare.
Growing up as young Latinos in Southern California, Buyepongo were not only exposed to the music of their culture, they were also exposed to music of the time. From teenage punk rock angst to sample driven underground hip hop, from classic reggae to jazz and funk. Buyepongo have explored many worlds of rhythm and sound. Even their name is a nod to the Wu Tang Clan track, “Bring da Ruckus” from the seminal album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), one of their sonic inspirations.
SANG MATIZ ...sounds like The Gypsy Kings and Jamiroquai had a baby in South America!
Sang Matiz is starting the new year with an exotic mix of Afro-Brazilian/Peruvian rhythms fused with Funk & R&B in their first New Album. With amazing musicians from the Bay Area they have found their zone of high energy vibrant sounds from South America and the US; a contagious new Beat to waken your inner self exposing your deepest emotions.
Sang Matiz has come a long way perfecting a combination of styles that can only be described as Danceable, Catchy, Fast, Syncopated melodies with some Rap and Afro rhythms combined with flamenco style finger picking. They hail from Sonoma County back in 2008 making their way to San Francisco establishing a Fan Base of Americans and Latinos looking for a new edge in music. Sang Matiz's New CD Album is available now everywhere in the Country!!
Maisa was born in the America's capital of the African Diaspora, Salvador, Bahia Brazil and as far as she can remember, dancing is what she enjoyed most. Maisa started entering and winning dance contests when she was ten years old. Her ability to move her perfectly toned body to the complex, frenetic polyrhythmic beating of samba music has never been done with such beauty and grace in the SF Bay Area.
Maisa immigrated to the U.S. in 1998. She has been teaching dance for over 10 years. In 2000, she founded Energia do Samba Dance Company. Her dream is to share Samba with the world.
Maisa Duke/Energia Do Samba has performed at many celebrity functions, including Robin Williams' 50th birthday and events for the late Christopher Reeves, and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown at City Hall, Warriors basketball team, San Francisco Giants games, Academy of Sciences in S.F., California Music World in Oakland, Ethnic Dance Festival, The Queen Mary in L.A, for Pele, the most famous soccer player in the world, and many, many other events.