Aguafuego, the brainchild of Julia – it is an evolving coming together of unique combinations of musicians to interpret her music.
This songwriter/ lyricist/singer /instrumentalist is dedicated to developing a new sound, rooted not only in her South-American heritage (Peru-Ecuador), but also encompassing her background in classical, reggae, rock, jazz, world, hip hop, latin and folk music.
With original songs in Spanish and in English, Aguafuego brings a global mix of sounds that create a soulful blend, a tapestry for the timely lyrics and alluring melodies of JBeatz aka Julia.
Music Style: JBeatz combines Natalie Merchant’s rich vocals, the powerful lyrics of Bob Marley, and the soul of Gil Scot-Heron. Oaxerai brings the funk and hip hop grooves to the drums.
I’ll include a link here to a review on Collected Sounds by Amy Lotsberg. The Aguafuego CD was selected as one of the best in 2003!
- JBeatz’s song “Anew” was selected to move to the second round of judging in the 2005 International Songwriting Competition in the Singer-Songwriter/Folk category
- The CD “Aguafuego” was one of Top Twenty CDs of 2003 selected by Collected Sounds: A Guide to Women in Music
- Aguafuego received internet radio airplay on ‘Nette Radio! Nette Radio is dedicated to unsigned independent women artists
- JBeatz was featured as an artist on “Voices and Visions”
- JBeatz was one of several artists interviewed for the article from Works in Progress, the magazine from The Philadelphia Folklore Project. Volume 17:1/2 Summer/Fall 2003. Special Issue- Women’s Music Project. esta en mis venas: Three Latina Musicians by Elizabeth Sayre
- Listed on Rock, Paper, Scissors – they specialize in publicity and marketing in music int the U.S.
The sound is an mixture of jazz, world (Latin, mostly), and hip-hop. JBeatz’ voice at times recalls Sade…..
(Amy Lotsberg- reviewer from Collected Sounds)