Cumbia, Love and Latin Americanidad

 Dutty Artz is partnering with the Queens Museum’s Open A.I.R. initiative for an evening panel discussion on cumbia, love and gender in Latin America. The panel is open to the public and will feature this month’s Que Bajo guest Kumbia Queers and will be moderated by DJ Ushka, an immigrant rights activist and all around Brooklyn bad gyal. The conversation has been spearheaded by our new friend Santo Padre, a Mexican queerist who develops inter-american projects that allow dialogue, in hopes of democracy and freedom and will also include our friends from Azucar, Brooklyn’s queer Latina dance party. After the panel, Las Kumbia Queers will be performing a short acoustic set getting the crowd ready for their performance later that night at SOBs.

Thursday March 6th Queens Museum 6pm-8pm

Panel description:

Cumbia began as a slave movement in the Caribbean, and is now being redefined and re-seen by independent musicians across the world. The Kumbia Queers and deejays such as Geko Jones and Uproot Andy have been a part of this redefinition.

But music is not only music, it implies politics, divisions, and struggles. The Kumbia Queers are the first band in Latin America to produce love songs from girls to girls, and the first openly queer band in the masculine dominated punk-rock scene. This has allowed a redefinition of gender, sexuality, and love as political action.

We intend to discuss contemporary Latin American and American issues like womanhood, gender, and slavery. The panel will delve into questions of identity, migration, and representation of self through music within global and local contexts.