2022 GLOBAL MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR | Beny Esguerra and New Tradition Music | | The JUNO Awards

Inspired by the ancient prophecy of the Condor and the Eagle, Colombian-born, Mestizo multi-instrumentalist and lyricist Ruben ‘Beny’ Esguerra draws on Afro-Latin percussion, Indigenous-Colombian kuisi flutes and collaborations with Indigenous artist from Turtle Island to unite the music of South and North America. Incorporating hip hop elements such as beatboxing, emceeing/spoken-word and turntablism with Colombian Afro-Indigenous música-de-gaita, champeta and modern cumbia, Beny Esguerra and New Tradition Music follow up on their JUNO-nominated A New Tradition Vol. 2: Return of the Kuisi to deliver an urgent call for justice, environmental healing, and respect for ancestors and land treaties. Beny Esguerra is also an arts educator, community worker and Ph.D. (ABD) candidate in Musicology/Ethnomusicology (specializing in traditional Colombian music and Hip Hop culture). Recipient of the 2020 Ontario Arts Foundation’s Arts Educator Award, he is currently the music director of several community music education programs based in Toronto’s Jane-Finch community and was recently chosen as a finalist for the Toronto Arts Foundation’s 2021 Community Arts Award.