National Hispanic Heritage Month is wrapping up, but the music from these dynamic Hispanic and Latin American artists is always incredible, year-round. Here are a few of our favorite Sofar artists to be on the lookout for at upcoming live concerts and listening rooms.
Born and brought up in Chicago, Marisol Vélez (a.k.a. Pinqy Ring) is a force of resiliency, and quick sonic momentum. The hip hop MC double-dutches through her verses as the beats pop and slap around her. But the real power comes from the raw honesty in her lyrics– Vélez speaks her truth, fast and forthright.
A singer, songwriter, and producer– the Chicago-based triple-threat is making smooth and sweet ear candy tunes. Start with his latest, “Derretirme.”
With a sound dubbed "Neo Latin Soul," Lester Rey weaves Caribbean and Latin arrangements into danceable, R&B leaning beats. Somehow it feels like a dreamy neon sunset.
What happens when your sonic influences stretch between Celia Cruz, João Gilberto, and Biggie? For Cvgebird, the styles blended into her own sound– Acoustic Trap Soul. Start with “Frida Trap'' for a taste of it.
It’s pop, it’s rock– it’s the Texan crew Nightstand Lamps. Begin with their single “Be Mine” (then check out the recent Spcmn remix).
Sweeping, serene ballads of soft piano– and Fábia Maia’s dreamy vocals, front and center.
The Boston-based, Panamanian singer/songwriter brings an elegance to her sound, lacing jazz and blues with Latin American stylings, making for a well-worn, classic feel.