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DJ Leydis


DJ Leydis was born and raised in Cuba. Involved in the Cuban hip-hop movement since its inception, DJ Leydis helped organized some of the country's most respected and attended events and community programs.

In 2005, she co-founded Omegas Kilay, a hip-hop theater collective in Havana, Cuba. Omegas Kilay focused on presenting the poetry, music, experiences, and perspectives of artists such as DJ Yari, Danay Suarez, Nono, La LLave De IPG, La Negra, and Las Krudas.

Along with her partner DJ Yari, DJ Leydis created the first all-female DJ Mixtape in Cuba, contributing a special blend of new flavor and spirit to the international community. In addition, she performed across Cuba as the official Spoken Word Artist of Rande Acosta's Platos Rosa.

DJ Leydis has also been a featured subject of critically acclaimed and groundbreaking documentaries such as Inventos: Hip Hop Cubano, Jovenes Rebeldes y Mi Revolution, and continues to be a keynote speaker on the subject of Cuban hip-hop culture.

In 2006, DJ Leydis migrated to United States to expand upon her work as a DJ. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, she has worked with Erykah Badu, Questlove of the Roots, and other iconic American artists. Presently working on tour with Los Rakas & Las Krudas, DJ Leydis combines contemporary hits with a distinct fusion of Latin flavors, R&B classics and roots reggae blends.
 DJ Leydis