June 27 at 4:00pm
June 28 at 5:30pm
June 29 at 1:30pm
The Uplands, South Street Seaport

Co-presented by Isabel Soffer/Live Sounds

From an accordion fronted Tex-Mex punk-band to socially conscious Haitian songs and from ambient folk and electronica to the New York debut of the king of Colombian vallenato and cumbia, this Caribbean and Latin America festival travels the crossroads, the blurs and the beats of traditional and contemporary sounds from around the world and around the corner.

Fronteras series curator Isabel Soffer of Live Sounds, has been at the forefront of the global music scene in the US since its formative years. Enthralled by music that is deeply based in tradition but moves in innovative directions, she seeks border-crossing artists that stay true to their roots. The groups in Fronteras each connect to a magical space where modern and older-styles collide in surprising, often danceable ways.

Sunday brings out some of the finest dance rhythms on the planet:

The 1950s funky big-band indie mambo and cumbia sound of Sergio Mendoza y La Orkesta is led by keyboardist, guitarist and vocalist Sergio Mendoza (Devotchka and Calexico), and features the rich baritone of Mexican vocalist Salvador Duran (who dueted with Willie Nelson on Señor in the Bob Dylan biopic I’m Not There, and who has performed alongside Neko Case, Iron and Wine, and Glen Hansard) with guitar, keyboard, percussion, drums and, of course, Mariachi brass.

The King of Colombian vallenato and cumbia music, Beto Jamaica, makes his New York debut performing the ecstatic accordion fronted dance party music from the Caribbean coast. Since earning his “Rey” title at the prestigious Leyenda Vallenata Festival, Beto has become one of Colombia’s most beloved artists and has contemporized the tradition by adding electric bass, congas and timbales to the traditional lineup of accordion, guacharaca (a tube-shaped percussion instrument) and caja vallenata (small goat leather drum) while never losing sight of the music’s Caribbean, Native American, Spanish, and West African roots.

From the early days of Giant Step, to today’s Turntables on the Hudson parties, Nickodemus has been a key element in the NYC dance music scene for over 10 years. As a DJ and producer, he explores the intersection of Urban and World Music with sounds of Funk, Folk, Jazz, Hip Hop, House, and Dub — all with a message of peace, awareness and love for the dance.

Photo credit: courtesy of the artist


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