OSCAR B.A. – WASHINGTON, DC Oscar B.A is one of the pioneer ambassadors of Kizomba in the US. His career spans over 16 years of dancing, choreographing and instructing several dance disciplines. Currently based in the Washington, DC area, he has taught Kizomba workshops in some of the biggest Latin Dance festivals. Oscar currently teaches the longest running Kizomba dance classes in the DC, MD and VA Metropolitan area. His understanding of dance and music has made him one of the most sought-after Kizomba DJs on the scene.
MARY LYONS (DJ Farenji) – Seattle, WA
Originally from the Boston area, Mary was exposed to “Kizomba” music by her Cape Verdean brother-in-law before it was popular in the United States dance community. Attending family gatherings in the 1990’s first introduced her to the music and culture of the Cape Verdean islands. Not until 2011, did she discover the Angolan dances, kizomba, and Semba, which accompanied some of the beautiful music, she was already in love with. Further investigation and immersion into this music genre, extended her love and interest to the roots and culture of Angolan Kizomba and Semba. Mary regularly DJ’s at Century Ballroom in Seattle, as well as festivals including The White House Kizomba/Zouk Summit, Only Dance Seattle Festival, Seattle Salsa Congress, Seattle Bachata Kizomba Festival, and Tri-Cities Salsa Congress.
“DJ Armando” Justiniani is a native of Panama and acquired a taste for the Latin rhythms during his youth. His passion for salsa has encouraged him to grow and evolve from a teenage mobile music sound mixer to a present-day disc jockey of our area’s finest dance venues, currently Santa Fe and Aztec Willies. Having sponsored and promoted many local events in addition to being a guest at many others, he has combined what he has to offer with that of others, creating unforgettable relationships and experiences. He is truly committed and loyal to his craft and he continues to support the artists who make this all possible by collecting original CDs, which travel with him to each and every event!
Armando is internationally recognized, having entertained crowds at the Acapulco and China Congresses since their inceptions and has been well received wherever he puts his headphones on! With his deep appreciation and respect for the talents that many musicians, performers, dancers and fellow DJs possess, his goal is to be as generous and supportive as he can be of what he feels is a “worldwide community of salsa”.
Ricardo (el güero con sabor) has danced for 15 years, but at the core of his passion for salsa, the music has been the most enjoyable part. DJing has been a passion of his, even through the dancing years, going as far back to his college internship at a local radio station, as well as having his own program where he played latin music. His style of music is fluid, keeping the dance floor busy by playing salsa with cadence and rhythm. Recently he has DJ’d in events such as the Salt Lake Salsa Festival, the Portland Salsa Congress and most recently, the Sin City Salseros Salsa/Bachata Monthly Social (Las Vegas, NV), as well as Mambo Pica Pica (Seattle, WA). As well as playing at many events in Portland and beyond, you can find him Monday nights at Analog Café as one of the resident DJs for Monday Mambo Madness.
DJ WHO-LEO – TRI-CITIES, WA
DJ Who-Leo hails from Mexico City and has been DJ-ing since 2012. He has quickly become one the area’s most desired DJs. He specializes in many forms of salsa, bachata, cumbia, kizomba, and merengue. He has been a resident DJ at a local venue and has been a guest DJ at many events in the “509″. DJ Who-Leo is also one of the founders of the Tri-Cities Salsa Congress. So, come dance to his music and be sure to give him a head nod when he’s spinning a song you like!