Harold Gonzalez Medina, aka AfroQbano, is a DJ, producer and eclectic music enthusiast. He hails from Habana, Cuba, where he worked as a DJ for a number of House and Hip Hop clubs, and produced and toured with some of the most innovative underground Cuban artists and ensembles. After moving to Chicago, he established himself as an essential part of the local global music scene. A member of Future Rootz and Beats y Bateria, he frequently contributes to cultural programming across the city, regularly performs at some of the most popular local clubs and coordinates biweekly programming with Lumpen Radio. He was recognized as one of Chicago’s top three DJs in the Chicago Reader’s “Best of 2016.”
While the Afro-Cuban and Latin rhythms of his culture are central to his sound, he embraces and merges a wide range of global and soulful music. He has collaborated with a number of contemporary international artists, and his original tracks and remixes have been featured on albums and mix-tapes across the world. Highlights of his career include sharing stages with luminaries like Mos Def, Pete Rock, Mulatu Astatke, Antibalas, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Rich Medina, La Mala Rodriguez, Las Cafeteras, La Santa Cecilia and Los Van Van.
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