05-10-19 | Songs for Listening | Juan Souki
Manager, agent, and producer Juan Souki, one of the founders of ODELIA Artists, picked tunes for Friday, May 10 at Songs for Listening. ODELIA is a management and booking agency working closely with artists and producers from Latin America. They've made it their mission to share unique cultures and visions of Latin America with diverse communities worldwide.
Juan is committed to projects that are artistically powerful, socially conscious and meaningful to the communities from which they come. ODELIA represents Latin American artists including: Betsayda Machado (Venezuela), Xenia França (Brazil), Ceferina Banquez (Colombia), Mr. Pauer (Venezuela), and La Patronal (Peru), amongst others. For eight years, Juan served as founder and director of the media production companies Imaginarios, where he developed projects locally and internationally, growing a community of creatives from different backgrounds and shaping performing arts projects focused on Latin American.
Juan holds an MFA in Theater from Columbia University, he has worked with artists and institutions all over the world, including the Prague Quadrennial in the Czech Republic, Teatro Nacional in Colombia, Teatro La Plaza in Peru, PS122 in NYC, and many others. He has been creative director for outreach and live interaction projects by companies like Diageo, Mondelez, General Mills, Empresas Polar, FCB , and KBSP.
Here's a note from Juan on his picks:
"Here are my 5 songs. Venezuela - Brasil - Haiti - Canada - Ecuador - Colombia. Countries I'm so interested in, partially thanks to these wonderful musicians. I feel their music says something honest about the places where they come from, the places where they are and the places where they want to go to. I love these songs."
'Coplas Oaxaquenas' by Augusto Bracho from 'Mercado de los Corotos'
'Pra Que Me Chamas?' by Xenia França from 'Xenia'
'Rezistans' by Vox Sambou & Luciane Dom
'Roman Roman' by Rio Mira from 'Marimba del Pacifico'
'Fuego de Cumbia' by Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto from 'Un Fuego De Sangre Pura'