November 22, 2020
Dani has been a practitioner of the Mexicayotl tradition through Danza Azteca and the Temescalli (Sweat Lodge) since 2004. Also, since 2004 he has served as the musical director for the Hip-Hop group Debajo Del Agua, an experience that has opened opportunities for teaching world music ensembles centered in the Indigenous and African dasporas of the Americas. He is also a founding member and musical director of the live Hip-Hop and world music group Taysani based out of Oakland, CA. Debajo del Agua is set to drop their 4th studio album on October 30, 2020, to celebrate their 15th year anniversary as a musical collective. Debajo del Agua’s new album entitled Mosaico was born out of a necessity for art to give life to difficult truth at this moment in time of tremendous transformation, growth, and difficulty. From his home studio in Oakland, Dani Cornejo led efforts to produce Mosaico to maintain connection, find a creative outlet, and manifest healing while sheltering in place during quarantine. In collaboration with Pablo Kee, the two brothers sent tracks back and forth to set the foundation for other members of the Debajo del Agua collective (Yucasoul, Ric Urrutia, Pepe Cornejo, Jordan Wilson, and others) to add remote recording of vocals, percussion, zamponas, and basslines from disparate parts of the world. The album features Debajo del Agua’s unique blend of music that draws inspiration from it’s mosaic of members that over the years have hailed from all over the world (Chile, Mexico, Peru, El Salvador, Colombia, Puerto Rico, France, Morocco, and the States). Rooted in Hip Hop, this album seeks to honor various musical styles including: Afro-Peruvian music, Banda, Rumba, Musica Andina, Reggaeton, Cumbia Amazonica, and Ska.
Venue: KGNU Facebook Live