For over two decades, the Chilean band Gondwana has been spreading the word of Jah Love. Emerging from the Latin root in reggae, Gondwana brings forth a fresh blend of Latin and Jamaican rhythms. With pulsating energy and a smooth sound, the polished musicians are the soul of Chile's number one reggae band today. Spirit moving falsetto notes, bubbling bass and hard drums, tight horns and guitars with the ability to move with ease in a sound ranging from calypso to hard rock; are the skillful ingredients found in the highly acclaimed Gondwana.

Bayonics are a 10-piece powerhouse combining hip hop, funk and r&b with elements of Latin music and reggae to create a soundscape that reflects the emerging face of urban music and culture on the West Coast and abroad. Bayonics have performed for packed houses from San Francisco to Miami, including The House of Blues, The Mezzanine, Yoshi's, The Independent and The Roxy, and have also rocked the crowd at many music festivals and outdoor stages across the country.
Bayonics have shared the stage with international touring acts ranging from Ozomatli, Katchafire and J-Boog to Wu-Tang Clan, N.E.R.D., Mos Def, Common and The Black Keys. They have also performed as a backing-band for R&B and soul singers such as Jaguar Wright, Lady Alma, Al B. Sure and Eric Roberson.

For those used to watching rappers posture onstage by themselves, or backed by a DJ, experiencing a group like Bayonics is a real eye-opener. As Jairo later explains, hip-hop is "definitely the easiest way" to reach young people these days. However, "when you see a live band playing hip-hop, it kinda blows your wig back."

Some call it a movement. Others say it's a revival. But there's no denying that the blending of hip-hop with live instrumentation and a variety of other genres -- including funk, jazz, salsa, reggaeton and rock -- is one of the freshest, most happening things going in the Bay Area's multicultural music scene.

The idea of a band fusing hip-hop with live instrumentation is far from an anomaly in the Bay Area -- it's part of local tradition. During the mid-'90s heyday of the acid-jazz era, groups like Alphabet Soup, the Mo'fessionals, the Broun Fellinis, Mingus Amungus and Jungle Biskit enthralled hipster crowds at such San Francisco venues as the Up & Down Club and the Elbo Room. For these artists, soul, jazz and hip-hop were all interchangeable elements of the musical mix. But though acid jazz eventually fell out of fashion, the music never stopped -- it's just taken on new forms.

Bayonics' multifaceted sound could be seen as the hip-hop generation's answer to the Latin fusion of the '70s -- think Malo and Santana, minus the guitar pyrotechnics and with a more street-wise style. Getting that sound has been an evolutionary process. The band started six years ago as a traditional salsa group, Mala Fama, that emerged out of the Loco Bloco drum ensemble.

Blending Hip Hop culture with a revolutionary state of mind,
Raw G is notorious for passionate flow and deep poetry.
Born and raised in GDL City, Mexico, Raw G was dealt a great deal of struggle at a young age. After losing her father, she began expressing her feelings of pain through writing,
and began identifying to such artists like KRS-One, 2Pac and the Fugees, relating to the harsh reality depicted in their music.

In 1999 she moved to Oakland, California to start a new life as a mother. She began learning English by translating rap songs. In the last few years, Raw G has stepped her music career up to the top of the list of up and coming artists from the bay area. She has performed with artists such as KRS-One, Immortal Technique, Dead Prez, Mobb Deep, Blackalicious, Ghostface Killah, Ozomatli, Ana Tijoux, Mala Rodrigues and many more.

DJ Stepwise

DJ Stepwise (Andrés Octavio) is a reggae and dancehall selector, producer, and remixer from The San Francisco Bay Area. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Stepwise moved to the States at a young age and has been living in the Bay since 1997. Having DJed for over 15 years, Stepwise has played at venues across the United States and beyond (including Australia, Spain, Argentina, Brasil, Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico, Canada, and others) and has shared the stage with artists such as Buju Banton, Barrington Levy, Capleton, Kymani Marley, Freddie McGregor, Toots & the Maytals, Gentleman, Demarco, Gondwana, Luciano, Midnite, Chuck Fender, Lutan Fyah, Yellowman, Alika (touring as her DJ), Aswad, Groundation, Tony Rebel, Eek-a-Mouse, OneChot (touring as her DJ), Fidel Nadal and several of the US' top sound systems and selectors.

Stepwise is also well known for his mixtapes, which have gained him recognition and accolades worldwide. His mixtape catalog includes: FULL CONFIDENCE VOL 1 & 2 (hosted by NiyoRah & Chukki Starr), THE OFFICIAL SOUTH AMERICA TOUR MIX 2008 & 2010 (hosted by Mr Vegas & Anthony B), RE-MIXED (100% composed of original Stepwise remixes) and several others. In June of 2008 Stepwise also had the honor of mixing/programming Alika & Nueva Alianza's 5th album "Educate Yourself", which was done in mixtape format. July of 2011 also saw the release of Alika and Stepwise's second joint project, UNIDAD Y RESPETO, a mixtape compilation of all five Alika albums to date.

These days Stepwise can be found DJing reggae, dancehall, plena and world music around the Bay and abroad, while also touring Latin America extensively both on his own and also as the tour DJ for several artists (such as Alika, Onechot, Dawn Penn, Jahdan, among others). Stepwise can also be heard live on the air every Tuesday on his reggae and dancehall radio show Galang Radio, broadcast weekly online via Colombia's well-known (on the Radio Etiope channel) as well as via FM radio on different stations thoughtout Latin America. ia's well-known (on the Radio Etiope channel).


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