Beny Esguerra

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Beny Esguerra
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Background information
Also known asRuben Beny Esguerra
BornBogota, Colombia
GenresConscious hip hop, latin urban music
Occupation(s)Musician, poet, arts educator
Years active1990-present

Ruben Beny Esguerra is a Canadian musical artist and poet based in Toronto, Canada.[1][2] Esguerra was nominated for the 2018 JUNO Awards in the World Music Album of the Year category.[3][4]

Career[change | change source]

Beny was born in Bogota, Colombia and moved to Toronto, Canada in the late 80s where he began his music career at a young age attending an arts High School and studying music at York University.[5][6] In the 90s, he joined an Afro-Colombian music orchestra. In 2008, he participated in a national poetry event The CBC Poetry Festival organized by the CBC, and has performed a spoken word piece for the former Governor General Michaëlle Jean.[7] Beny has been working as an arts educator at York University and Ryerson University.[8] Beny is also known for organizing workshops for Ontario Arts Council's Artist in Education Program.[9][10] In 2012, Beny launched his debut album entitled: A New Tradition.[11] Later in 2016, he released his sophomore album entitled: A New Tradition VOL 2: Return of the KUISi.[12]

Beny holds a PhD (ABD) in Musicology, specializing in Latin American traditional and urban music.[13]

Discography[change | change source]

Year Album Genre Credit
2016 A New Tradition Vol. 2: Return of the KUISi[14] Hip-hop, instrumental Various artists Independent
2012 A New Tradition[15][16][17] Spoken word, hip hop Various artists Independent

Recognition[change | change source]

  • JUNO Awards nomination for World Music Album of the Year, 2018[18]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Beny Esguerra A New Tradition". Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  2. East York poetry lovers gather at Children’s Peace Theatre (PDF). Toronto Observer Canada. p. 7. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  3. "2018 WORLD MUSIC | Beny Esguerra and New Tradition | The JUNO Awards". The JUNO Awards. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  4. "Junos 2018: the complete list of winners | CBC Music". CBC. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  5. "Dinner and dance celebrates 40 years of Latin American & Caribbean Studies". York University. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  6. "Polyphonic Ground Presents BENY ESGUERRA & NEW TRADITION, MATATU EXPRESS and THE FUTURE PRIMITIVE |". Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  7. "2016 East End Poetry Festival". EAST END ARTS. 1 September 2016. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  8. "The Small World Music Festival – Day 2 and 3". Roots Music Canada. 25 August 2018. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  9. "VIDEO: Afro-Colombian drum and dance at Harrison Festival - Agassiz Harrison Observer". Agassiz Harrison Observer. 15 July 2017. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  10. "VIDEO: Afro-Colombian drum and dance at Harrison Festival". BC Local News. 15 July 2017. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  11. "Rubén "Beny" Esguerra y su álbum "A New Tradition" debutaron con éxito en T.O". El Popular. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  12. "Beny Esguerra y New Tradition necesitan apoyo para viajar a los premios Juno". Hispano City. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  13. "2018: Bodies of Water". Children's Peace Theatre. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  14. "Beny Esguerra: A New Tradition Vol. 2 - Return of the Kuisi - Toronto Music Report". Toronto Music Report. 26 September 2017. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  15. "The Start of A New Tradition". Uma Nota. 17 October 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  16. "Rubén 'Beny' Esguerra presenta su álbum debut "A New Tradition" este 30 de agosto en el Lula Lounge". Hispano City. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  17. "Rubén "Beny" Esguerra y su álbum "A New Tradition" debutaron con éxito en T.O". Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  18. "Juno Awards nominations offer a few surprises | The Star". Retrieved 4 January 2019.

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