Beny Esguerra and New Tradition

Beny Esguerra and New Tradition

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN

Beny Esguerra and New Tradition specialize in traditional and original afro-indigenous Colombian music from a conscious inner-city perspective. Available for performances and workshops.


Beny Esguerra and New Tradition

Is an interactive performance project that explores the concepts of tradition and modernity through the production of a multidisciplinary performance featuring spoken word, music, songs, dance and design. While creating bridges across musical genres, the original compositions incorporate ancient instruments such as the 2000 plus year old indigenous kuisi bunsi flute (a.k.a. Colombian gaita) with more recent instruments such as the turntables. With the use of a human beatboxer and a DJ as essential elements of the bands sonic identity the ensemble can maintain its original sound while performing with as many as thirteen musicians all the way down to three, making the show adaptable to various performance contexts.

Ancestral musical styles + urban cultural expressions = New Tradition

Selected Performances:

2017        Ashville, Pisgah and Black Mountain, North Carolina; Invited to perform and conduct workshops at the Lake Eden Arts Festival, partner schools and community centres. October.

2017        Montreal, Quebec; Commissioned by the United Food and Commercial Workers to create a 20 minute piece to open at the UFCWs National Convention and before inviting surprise keynote speaker Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau onto the stage at the Sheraton Centre. August.

2017        Moncton, New Brunswick; Invited to perform and conduct workshops at the Mosaiq Multicultural festival. July.

2017        Harrison Hot Springs and Vancouver, BC; Invited to perform and conduct workshops with New Tradition at the Harrison Festival of the Arts and Carnaval de Sol festival. July.

2017        Toronto, Ontario; Invited to perform with a cast of 20 performers to open the Our Home on Native Land festival at the Harbourfront Centre, Main Stage. June.

2017        Brooklyn, New York; invited to open for Hip Hop cultures premiere photographer Ernie Paniccioli at his 70th birthday celebration sharing the stage with Melle Mel, EPMD, Soul Rebels, Bri Briskool, Jay Robi and others at the Littlefield stage. March.

2016        Montreal, Quebec; invited to showcase at the Mundial Montreal 2016 conference designed to showcase international World Music artists at the Divan Orange. November.

2016        New York, New York; invited to headline the Eagle/Condor/Swap/Program at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Centre of New York, CUNY as an artist and scholar. October.

2016        Ottawa, Ontario; Commissioned by the One Young World conference to create a piece for the event’s closing ceremonies sharing the stage with Emmanuel Jal. October.

2016       Toronto, Ontario; Rock Against the TPP tour sharing the stage with international acts such as: Rebel Diaz, Taina Asili, Anti Flag and others at the Operah House. September.

2016       Toronto, Ontario; Sophomore Album Release of 'A New Tradition VOL. 2 – Return of the KUISi' along with over 16 local and international artists at Lula Lounge. September.

2016       Ottawa, Ontario; House of Paint Festival 2016; Mainstage at Brewer Park. Ruben 'Beny' esguerra and New Tradition. August.

2016       Toronto, Ontario; Afro Fest 2016; Mainstage at Woodbine Park. Ruben 'Beny' esguerra and New Tradition. July


A New Tradition VOL 2. - Beny EsguerraReturn of The KUISi 2016
A New Tradition - Beny EsguerraSpoken Word with Latin Music Reinvented

Set List

Standard set is 7-8 songs and approximately 35-40 minutes in length. The exact songs and sequence vary from show to show