Featured Musical Artists
Unísono has counted on the participation of great musical artists over the years, including the following:
Grammy Award Winners Grupo Fantasma, Pacha Massive, Cecí Bastida, Los Rakas, Monica Lionheart, Los Rakas, Dj Dus, Toy Selectah, Mexicans with Guns, Los Vicios De Papa, Rica Obsesion, Banda Potrillos, and many more!!
“Sexy vocals abound, framed by understated flourishes… [Pacha Massive is] a continuous reward for the ears.” - BILLBOARD
“Pacha Massive’s bilingual music has warmth, whimsy and a wide-open sense of adventurousness – not to mention the sweet, hummable melodies.” - PASTE MAGAZINE
“Pacha Massive’s music can at one moment serve as impetus for an immense neighborhood dance party while another moment provide a sleek groove for some cathartic chill time.” - RCRD LBL
“The best Latin music you haven’t heard… ethereal and gripping.” - Latina Magazine
“Imbued with the gentle smokiness of Juana Molina and the swaggering edge of Nelly Furtado, or maybe M.I.A, her voice can be a rallying call or an invitation to listen closer.” – LA Weekly
“Bodacious, clicky, gongy…[her] voice is refreshingly husky like a summer rainstorm.” - The Fader
“Charming…what PJ Harvey would sound like if she were remixed by Caribou…” - Club Fonogram
The mix-master wizard for Monterrey’s Hip Hop en Español Pioneers Control Machete, created a whole new hybrid by mixing Mexican sound scapes with contemporary urban riddims. As a music producer and remixer, Toy Hernández has worked and shared the booth with a long list of artists, including:
Morrissey, Calle 13, Diplo, Dj ROB 3, Sonidero Nacional, Grupo Fantasma, Miranda, Ely Guerra, Cabas, Juanes, Julieta Venegas, Don Omar, Celso Piña, Kinky, Café Tacvba, Molotov, Manu Chao, Eminem, Cypress Hill, Chromeo, Tony Touch, I.M.S., Moby, and many others.
Mexicans with Guns
MEXICANS WITH GUNS is the raw and exciting production-moniker/character created by Exponential Records honcho Ernest Gonzales. After prepping his Been Meaning To Tell You LP for the Friends of Friends label, EG was in search of a new sound and ready to explore the depths of bass music and it’s unique sonic elements…his journey lead him to the cutty edges of his mind where Mexico, London and theDirty South all fused into one mysterious and club friendly mindset.
Los Rakas is comprised of cousins Raka Rich + Raka Dun, pioneering Panamanians by way of the Bay Area on the frontier of new Latin urban music. Known for their fresh mix of hip-hop, plena, reggae and dancehall music with both Spanish and English lyricism, Los Rakas represent the cutting edge of Pan-American flows.
Taking their name from the Panamanian word “Rakataka” – a negative slur used to describe someone from the ghetto – Los Rakas have set out to both inspire fellow “rakas” by empowering them to become successful despite their circumstances, turning the current Latino hip-hop world on its head.
NYC-based electro-acoustic singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Monica Lionheart is the live voice of fan-favorite Pacha Massive and Zigmat. In her latest album Indian Summer, the chanteuses soothing vocals, deconstructs personal relationships with the lyrical honesty and brings it all together with the kind of eclectic beats that defined Beth Orton. From the calmness of “Air and Sea” to the complexity of “Circles,” which features world-renowned cellist, Yoed Nir (Regina Spektor, Rufus Wainwright) Indian Summer is an exotic, aural experience, filled with lush arrangements, mesmerizing vocals and vivid imagery. Lionhart’s unique style is the result of a lifetime of musical influence.
Grupo Fantasma has been praised as one of the most important independent acts in the Latin genre and has continually defied expectations to create one of the most unique musical voices to come out of the United States in the last decade. In 2011 they garnered further acclaim by winning a Grammy (their second such nomination) for their self-produced release El Existential on Nat Geo Music which the Wall Street Journal called “Latin music both new and traditional…vibrant fusions that transcend easy classification.”
The band’s incendiary live show, declared by NPR as “seamless whenever and wherever they’re on stage” has brought the band to major festivals and venues internationally including Bonnaroo, North Sea Jazz Festival and Lowlands in the Netherlands, Kennedy Center, London’s O2 Arena, Montreal Jazz Festival, WOMEX, Tempo Latino (France) as well as two tours to Kuwait and Iraq to entertain US troops. Their diverse spectrum of rabid and devoted fans such as Rodney Anonymous from the Dead Milkmen and Stu Cook from Creedence Clearwater Revival speaks to the ensemble’s universal appeal beyond just Latin or world music fans. In addition, they have worked or recorded with Maceo Parker, Sheila-E, Curt Kirkwood of the Meat Puppets, Ruben Ramos, GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan and cult-hero Daniel Johnston.
We are forever grateful to all of these wonderful artists who have played for Unísono in the past and have made our festival amazing!!
In 2013 the Unísono Host Committee will be developing a musical line up for the festival soon, please stay tuned as we continue to update our musical line up, and feel free to contact us with suggestions.