Twice-Juno nominated composer-singer Beny Esguerra aims to create bridges across musical genres, and across continents. With this, he brings a new and refreshing sound and message to Canada’s music scene.
Beny explores the concepts of tradition and modernity through the production of a multidisciplinary performance featuring spoken word, music, songs, dance and design. The original compositions incorporate ancient instruments such as the 2000 plus year old indigenous kuisi bunsi flute (a.k.a. Colombian gaita) with more recent instruments such as the turntables. He is a PHD candidate (ABD) in Musicology/Ethnomusicology specializing in Colombian traditional music and Hip Hop culture.
Beny is a two-time JUNO nominated multi-instrumentalist/producer, spoken-word poet, arts educator and community worker. in 2021, he was chosen as the laureate of the 2020 Ontario Arts Foundation Arts Educator Award. Most recently, his song from the 2022 JUNO nominated album Northside Kuisi have been nominated for collaboration of the year at the 2022 International Indigenous Hip Hop Music Awards and have won Music to Life’s Hope Rises II song writing contest and international call for songs for social justice.
New Tradition Music delivers an urgent call for justice, environmental healing and respect for ancestors and land treaties through an interactive multi-arts performance.
To add to the excitement, the event opens with a FREE youth performance at 1pm featuring a family music band from Aurora, Ontario: The Sonical Bees. Inspired by world music, they aspire to blend styles and cultures that will meet the East with the West and the North with the South, using music to send to the world a message of universality and unity.
Esguerra raps about social issues and solidarity over eclectic Latin American sounds blended with hip-hop beats and record scratches.
First Presbyterian Church
200 Maple Street Collingwood, ON
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