Latin Soul


Why Cant We Really Be Free - Harvey Averne (The Harvey Averne Dozen, 1969)


Bonnie Beats


Named one of Miami’s “Top 10 Female DJs”, Bonnie Beats is a modern day renaissance woman (scientist, musical chameleon, and fashionista). The tech nerd turned – tastemaker – turned – super talent, is one of Miami’s rising stars. Raised on the sounds of Caribbean soul, Latin Jazz, and Motown, this young and ambitious DJ/Producer is all about taking you to that “feel good place.” A craftsman whose ambivalent to the term “commercial,” draws her inspiration from the first sightings of House including French House, Deep House, UKG and Jack, straight to earlier dance influences such as old funk, and early dubs. All of course, tying into a night of dance reminiscent to the early undergrounds sounds of New York disco-style clubs.
Tagged by The New Times as a “local powerhouse” she’s played alongside The Smith’s Andy Rourke and has shared nights with artists of all walks such as Talib Kweli, Jacques Renault, Neon Indian, Icona Pop, Thievery Corporation, Fred Falke and more.

Her impeccable sense of style only adds to her audacious flare which is why MTV Networks, Bacardi USA, Redbull Soundstage, and Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, to name a few, all hail her as their “go to“ DJ for private Miami events.

In 2010 Bonnie began her music and fashion blog recognized by Vice Magazine, Behind Color Bars to continue to educate her local community and abroad about all things cutting edge. It was this consistent message that gained Bonnie the street cred reserved for only those who create movements. Recognition of her unique style got her an invitation to join the independent cast and crew of Nightdrive Miami, and Wynwood Radio where she was asked to pilot her own show called, “ BCB presents: The Bailout” and “Sample City.”

In the past, Bonnie Beats has held residencies at renowned venues such as The Vagabond, Purdy Lounge, and W Hotels among others, and can currently be found throughout Miami playing at spots such as Bardot, Electric Pickle and Grand Central.

La Lupe performed in a variety of styles but her fans adoringly crowned her The Queen of Latin Soul.

She spent the first 23 years of her life in Cuba where she had a hugely successful music career.  In 1962 La Lupe settled in the Bronx and started the second phase of her music career with the help of Latin Soul legend Mongo Santamaria.  She became, in fact, a HUGE star even selling out Madison Square garden.

and yet

I was recently watching part of an episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race.  One of the contestants was criticized by a judge for choosing to emulate La Lupe because “she isn’t well known."  And that’s when my heart cried 1000 tears.

Click on this link to witness one of the most captivating performers to have ever walked our earth. Removing accessories and pieces of clothing was one of her things. 

So I take a look around me now, as I speak
and I imagine a disinterested crowd, talking aloud
and I think of what I want most
and the crowd disappears
and a fixated gaze envelopes my wondering mind
and then she recruits and takes me to this place
I’ve been there before and that’s where I saw her face
In a sea of a hundred dead and loving souls…
—  Chicano Batman- A Sea of a Hundred Dead and Loving Souls