ARTIST PROFILES: Bulldog Bash artists celebrate Latin American roots through rhythm

Ryan Chiao, Senior Photographer

Bulldog Bash, an yearly occasion to welcome college students initially launched in 2018, returned this calendar year right after a two-calendar year hiatus owing to COVID-19 regulations. 

On Aug. 27, the Previous Campus welcome-back celebration featured audio and food items from the Latin American diaspora, with artists sponsored by the Schwarzman Centre and cuisine provided by Yale Hospitality. Jennifer Newman MFA ’11, associate inventive director of the Schwarzman Center, who planned the party, described it as an option to celebrate pleasure.

“You can experience the rhythm and you can dance to the songs,” Newman said. “You can sense the ability of the artists.”

This year’s Bulldog Bash lineup featured an all-Latinx lineup.


Increasing up, Mexico City indigenous Camilo Lara learned a enthusiasm from his musical spouse and children, who experienced a particular affinity for the guitar. But when his brother tried using to teach him to engage in, Lara’s remaining handedness clashed with the instrument’s structure. Instead of providing up, Lara found an option way of appreciating audio by sampling on the keyboard — which is how he will make tunes to this day.

“I consider of my music as a collage,” Lara explained. “So I use instruments, selecting up samples and [creating] a even larger canvas.”

Lara grew up listening to hip hop and digital tunes. His songs nowadays has influences from Latin The united states, punk rock and even Bollywood. He explained the objective for his songs as a “sort of unifier” representing all unique sorts of sound. As for the dance flooring, he hopes to produce a musical house where by all people is equivalent, next the conquer in a place where he statements that “democracy happens.”

“It’s excellent to showcase diverse audio from various elements of the planet,” Lara mentioned. “I think it’s extremely crucial to do this. These varieties of reveals are eclectic and exciting, and I sense we’re definitely pleased to be section of them.”


Maria Elena Garcia, also regarded as Rimarkable, is an Afro-Latina Puerto Rican producer and DJ who hails from Detroit, Michigan.

Garcia’s mom, a classically properly trained pianist, launched her to the environment of music at a younger age. She invested her Sundays listening to Black gospel songs at her regional church. In her youth, she was an avid collector of new music, recording tunes off the radio and actively playing from a box of tapes.

“I would say that is moreso the foundation of the function that I do than everything else,” Garcia explained. “Bending genres and weaving them into each individual other is sort of the classical mentality, the cacophony of it all.”

Garcia also recalled her very first DJ working experience during her childhood. At 12 a long time outdated, she introduced a box of cassette tapes to her friend’s household to DJ a social gathering. She admired the strategy that by means of enjoying her established, she experienced a say in how men and women at an occasion knowledgeable their night time. It solidified her appreciate for audio – and translated when she started out working skillfully.

Garcia carried out at the past two Bulldog Bash situations in 2018 and 2019, and hoped that this working experience would be a opportunity for Yale students to come to feel at dwelling, harmless and welcomed.

“I want to bring every person together,” Garcia said. “It’s outside the house and everybody is at last back again on campus bodily, and it’s just like a resurgence – it is just a rebirth.”


Villano Antillano, a Puerto Rican rapper with about nine million regular monthly Spotify listeners, weaves her audio by way of words.

Antillano began “playing with music” in her bedroom as a teenager, and released her do the job on the online. There, she was recognized by a social collective group that worked to help artists expand. The group helped her record and blend her audio, as very well as “buff it up.” She was then found by report label La Buena Fortuna, which she suggests has introduced her to the place she is now as a trans girl rapper in a mostly male-dominated house.

“They gave me the prospect to be myself,” Antillano reported. “I experience like it is very important for queer artists to not be … managed as puppets, because no one can convey to you how to sell their products.”

Even though Antillano specializes in urban new music, her influences appear from a wide variety of other genres, including Argentinian rock, salsa and major metal — which have taught her “how to fall on the conquer.” She appreciates other rappers, these as Nicki Minaj, who know how to play with text and vowels. In her individual function, Antillano also plays with appears, employing her indigenous Spanish dialect to her musical advantage.

“We chew up the language that they colonize us with,” Antillano reported. “In my circumstance, it was Spanish.”

A queer and transgender activist, Antillano believes she helps make a assertion with her stage presence for the reason that people today like her “are not intended to get wherever.”

She hopes to use her existence on phase as a system to unfold enjoy, electricity and empowerment.


ChocQuibTown, a Latin Grammy-profitable Colombian hip hop team composed of associates Carlos “Tostao” Valencia, Gloria “Goyo” Martínez and Miguel “Slow” Martínez, began sharing Afro-Colombian audio with other Colombians. Today, they are performing the exact with the rest of the globe.

The group grew up listening to distinct varieties of new music, from regions including Latin The us, Jamaica and Africa in their hometown of Chocó, Colombia. 

“I begun singing at household with my family members,” Goyo stated. “And then I commenced with hip hop … mixing distinct appears.” 

In the early 2000s, they collected as a team and began building new music from distinct rhythms in a single design and style — from hip hop to danza genres to regular songs from Chocó. As Afro-Colombian artists, they hoped to share their identity and distinctive types of audio from the Black group with other Colombians. After carrying out in Colombia, they received worldwide fame and went on tour in Europe, eventually profitable a Latin Grammy. 

“They did not believe that at the commencing when we just commenced to do our thing,” Tostao explained. “Sometimes you acquired a ton of people all around you who do not believe that in what you are executing … [but] you have to retain it up simply because someday they’re gonna realize.”

This year’s Bulldog Bash was hosted in-person on Old Campus.


William Porayouw covers intercontinental affairs at Yale and serves on the YDN business workforce. Initially from Southern California, he is a first-yr in Davenport Faculty majoring in ethics, politics and economics.