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A New Tradition
Ruben Esguerra’s project A New Tradition has grown over the years. Afro-Colombian traditional rhythms mixed with hip-hop, spoken word and jazz/funk, A New Tradition represents the new roots established by young Latin American artists living in Toronto. Now working on his second album and performing with a 13 piece orchestra, A New Tradition has recently performed with Vox Sambu at the Lulaworld festival and as a headliner for the Essencia festival at Yonge and Dundas Square.

A New Tradition


A New Tradition is a mix of past and present, combining traditional elements of Afro-Colombian music with hip-hop and spoken word. Join A New Tradition band leader Ruben Esguerra in an interactive Afro-Colombian drumming workshop.

A New Tradition is one of Toronto’s most exciting Latin American groups, featuring a fantastic mix of hip-hop and spoken word poetry with traditional Afro-Colombian instrumentation, to bridge the gap between generations and regions.