Harold Gonzalez Medina aka AfroQbano is a DJ, producer & eclectic music enthusiast. AfroQbano hails from Habana, Cuba, where he worked as a DJ for a number of underground House and Hip Hop clubs and also produced and toured with some of the most well-known 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 Peoples DJs Collective, he’s a frequent contributor to cultural programming across the city. He regularly spins at some of the most popular Chicago clubs and coordinates biweekly programming with Lumpen Radio. His original tracks and remixes have been featured on albums and mix-tapes across the world. More recently 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 & soulful music. His musical influences include diverse genres and styles such as House, Funk, Afrobeat, Hip Hop, Bhangra and Latin rhythms. 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 and Los Van Van.
Ana Ewerling was born in Republic of Moldova, in a family of actors. She began singing in the semi-professional children's choir "Trison" at age 7, and later studied jazz at the Academy of Music, Theater and Fine Arts in Chisinau, Moldova. While in school, she performed with the jazz vocal group Univox and as a solo singer with the folk orchestra "Rapsozii Ciocanei".
After moving to Chicago and experiencing the city's cultural diversity, Ewerling expanded her repertoire and began experimenting with a variety of styles, such as French Chanson, Portuguese Fado, Brazilian Samba, Cuban and Argentinian music, in addition to her drawing heavily from her native country's folkloric tradition and Jazz. She performed for Dîner en Blanc Chicago, opened for Goran Bregovic as member of the Indie rock band Ode, was featured on Fox News as one of the city's unique cultural music experiences with the Brazilian group Rio Bamba, and joined Beats Y Bateria in 2016. She regularly performs in Chicago clubs as a solo artist, often set against a single classical guitar.
Daniel Crane began playing drums at age 11 and never looked back. He studied with Chicago’s finest teachers such as Bob Rummage, Kevin Connelley and Earl Talbot. He started playing professionally at 16. At 18 he toured Europe playing the prestigious Montreux and Umbria Jazz festivals. Next, he went to college and studied Jazz, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brazilian, and West-African rhythms with Dane Richeson. After college he traveled to Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he studied Brazilian drumming with Vera Figuerado, Dinho Gonçalves and Luiz Guello. Upon his return to Chicago began playing drums with Hip-Hop groups, world renowned House DJs, global music groups, and in jobbing/cover bands to cover rent (don’t stop believing).
Daniel loves improvisation, Gene Krupa rim shots, Fania, discovering world music and prefers tight drum grooves over fast paradiddles.