John Francis Peters
This past week, five handpicked DJs from the North and South Americas have been holding down residency in Tijuana for the Norte Sonoro Project, which aspires to cultivate and share the traditional northern (norte) sounds (sonoro) of Mexico. The artists participating -- Cardopusher from Venezuela, Poirer from Canada, Psilosamples from Brazil and Sun Araw and Venus X from the U.S. -- have been studying and building a crescendo with musical tweaks and ad libs that will culminate in a performance on Friday, the eve of the AMF Music Festival.
This year, DJ Rupture returns to the project as curator with Tijuana's ruidoson pioneers, Los Macuanos, as producers and musical coaches to the resident DJs. "I’m really excited to present all these different ways of looking at the many things that are happening [in Tijuana]," Rupture says. "You know, beyond whatever the narco thing, or 'tribal Monterrey,' is huge. Or beyond cumbia, and that’s it. So yeah, that’s really kind of exciting."
Each DJ, including Rupture, will a produce a track to be compiled on an EP, which will be distributed on the project's official website. Norte Sonoro is produced by NRMAL with support from the Centro Nacional de las Artes (CENART) and the Consejo Nacional Para la Cultura y las Artes (CONACULTA).
Norte Sonoro performs Friday, Nov. 16 at Leyva's Paradise in Tijuana. The performance is free but you must RSVP for entry.
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