2012 in Review

2012 has been a very fun year! Just looking at these videos and pictures makes me smile and be thankful for your support.  Here are some of these awesome moments. You can see more pictures in the Gallery section.

Peruvian Pisco and Gourmet Food Party.

We had a great party celebrating Peruvian gastronomy and music. We learned about Pisco, the history behind some Peruvian dishes that are signature of the cuisine of Lima, and discovered why Lima in particular is considered the gastronomic capital of the Americas. See pictures of this fun event here.

First Year Anniversary Party

World music artists got together to celebrate Chicago Urbanite First Anniversary party. Here are some videos and pictures of the event:

Tribute to Inti Raymi Party

This was such a fun event! We got our friends from Pachacamak Folk Dance teach us a little bit of Andean culture, rites, and the importance of Inti Raymi in the Andean communities of South America.

Miki Gonzalez Pan-American Independence Day Concert

Miki Gonzalez, a star of the Peruvian music scene, came to Chicago to help us celebrate the Independence Day of Peru and other Latin American countries.  Here is a video of that memorable concert:

Dance Flashmob

Chicago Urbanite organized a dance flashmob in Chicago to celebrate the day of Peruvian Criolla Music.  The video of this flashmob was published Peru 21, a major Peruvian national newspaper,  in an article on their website. The article became the sixth-most-viewed on its website within a day. The event was also retweeted by TV Peru, the official broadcasting news network of the Peruvian government, as well as by other celebrities and journalists in Peru and the United States.

Thanksgiving Party

We had a great time celebrating Thanksgiving with our friends of Nu Bambu, the hottest rumba reggae band in Chicago. The event was also an excuse to get together and help our friend Juan Medrano Cotito, the Ambassador of Peruvian Cajon and member of the Afro-Peruvian electronica band Novalima,  to get donations for Christmas events that benefited children from Lima and the Afro-Peruvian community of el Guayabo, Chincha.

Giving Thanks World Music Party at Mayne Stage

We got together with some of Chicago’s cultural music instigators like Sound Culture, Worldfusion Chicago, and Akasuba to give thanks for a wonderful year in world music by hosting this free party with some of our city’s emerging talent at Mayne Stage. Here is a video of my band Nu Bambu performing at this fun party:

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