ITZI NALLAH is the resident DJ and faithful organizer of CumbiaSazo, Chicago’s largest and one of the US’ most expansive cumbia + global bass parties. Having also worked with FEX, Sonic Diaspora and Peoples DJs Collective, his cultural projects focus on community-building, global roots & bass music, and liberation-minded dance floors. A recent tour with CumbiaSazo saw Itzi Nallah work dance floors throughout the midwest, southwest & west coast while current residencies in Chicago include the infamous Double Door and Harbee in Pilsen (for Alegría). Show highlights include sharing stages with acts ranging from Ozomatli, Rich Medina, Nickodemus and A Tribe Called Red to Pete Rock, Javier Estrada, El Dusty and Haitus Kaiyote.
When not DJing or producing events, Itzi Nallah consults in web, design & marketing for clients ranging from start-ups & artists to non-profits & unions. His background includes teaching, organizing, and communications stints for the United States Social Forum, Southwest Youth Collaborative and Teachers for Social Justice, and he has served as a board member with the Fire This Time Fund, Literacy Works, AREA Chicago, and Public Square at the Illinois Humanities Council.
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