Wednesday, July 12, 2016 - Central Park SummerStage
Mon Laferte / ÌFÉ / Princess Nokia
Monserrat Bustamante Laferte's, better known as Mon Laferte, love of music began at a very young age. She studied music at the Viña Del Mar conservatory in Chile and reached recognition in her native country thanks to her voice and participation as a judge on a popular talent competition TV show. She later moved to Mexico, where she has quickly reached icon status. Her album Mon Laferte. Vol. 2 garnered two Latin GRAMMY nominations.
ÌFÉ is a bold new musical undertaking from Puerto Rico-based drummer/producer/singer Otura Mun. Mun, an Ifá priest or "Babalawo" in the Yoruba religion, has been at the vanguard of the Puerto Rican music scene since arriving from Indiana in the late 1990s, producing critically-acclaimed albums and songs for many of the island's most important musical voices, including Mima, Cultura Profetica, and Calma Carmona. ÌFÉ's latest single "Umbo (Come Down)" is a musical invitation to the benevolent forces that be and draws from rhythms and incantations of sacred Yoruba praise songs. ÌFÉ's bold debut album IIII+IIII is out now.
Princess Nokia aka 24-year-old Destiny Nicole Ortiz is a multifaceted, DIY artist from the NYC underground. Her unique musical style blends tribal beats with trip hop and R&B - creating an exciting crossover of sounds. Her album, 1992, was called a "hip hop storytelling album" by Remezcla and "an ode to Brown Girl Nation" by Vibe. Rolling Stone listed 1992 as one of its "15 Greatest Albums You Didn't Hear" in 2016. She had breakout hits like
"Tomboy" and "Brujas."