CHRIS SANTA ANA
His name is Christopher Santa Ana and is a musician. Chris was born and raised in Virginia his whole life with nothing but music to drive him to where he is today. He sings along with the accompaniment of his guitar. A Kollaboration DC 2010 alum and now contesting in the Kollaboration DC 2012 competition, he sings in the styles of R&B, pop, funk, jazz and blues. Chris is also heavily influenced by Boyz II Men, Brian McKnight, John Legend, Craig David, Musiq Soulchild and many other great artists.
At only 21 years old, G Yamazawa is widely considered one of the top young spoken word artists in the country. Born in Durham, NC and raised in a Buddhist household, G is a two-time Southern Fried Champion, National Poetry Slam Finalist, and ranked 5th in the nation at the 2010 International World Poetry Slam. He has featured in venues across the nation, including the Sundance Film Festival, Bonnaroo Music Festival, and the historic Nuyoricans Poets’ Cafe. His favorite food is fried chicken and he hates sushi.
GU Jawani is Georgetown University’s premier South Asian dance troupe, made up entirely of undergraduate students. Their fundamental mission is to perform modern and traditional bhangra, and spread Punjabi and South Asian culture in the DC Metro area. GU Jawani performs at some of DC’s most prestigious venues and events, including recent performances at the Embassy of India and the Embassy of Pakistan as well as campus events and intercollegiate competitions. GU Jawani is very excited to be a part of Kollaboration DC and hope everyone enjoys a piece of their culture and passion for dance.
Jin Shin is a Korean-American singer and musician. Born in Korea, she moved to the United States at the age of seven and was exposed to R&B, Soul, and Pop music. At a young age, she began to sing and entering local competitions. Jin was only 15 when she entered the Korean reality show/competition called “Superstar Survival” (a Korean version of “X-Factor”). Out of 8,000 contestants, Jin successfully placed Top 5. She has traveled and performed in many different cities within Korea and Thailand, as well as at local events in DC. She also plays the piano, violin, clarinet, and the guitar. Her musical influences are: Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Lauryn Hill, and Keyshia Cole.
JON C. CHEN
Jonathan C. Chen started playing violin in the second grade and hasn’t put the instrument down since. When he realized that he could play most of the songs he heard on the radio by ear, he started doing cover songs. The first recording he ever made was during the summer of 2010 when Taio Cruz released Dynamite. Having grown up listening to oldies like Rod Stewart’s rendition of Have I Told You Lately, delving into different genres like hip hop to electronica is fun for Jon, but usually in the end, he stays with tried and true love songs of singers like Taylor Swift and Michael Bublé.
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VINCENT LASCAMANA is a Filipino-American singer/songwriter that was born in DC’s very own Howard University Hospital. Doctors and nurses thought something was wrong with Vincent when he left the womb because he was much paler than the rest of the babies in the hospital. Since then he has become an R&B Soul musician.
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TIM JACA is a Filipino multi-instrumentalist from Dubai. From a young age he has been able to speak many languages, Arabic, French, Tagalog, English and Music. At only 9 years old he went up to the church band’s drum set and displayed his inclination for music in front of everyone. Now he plays a little bit of everything.
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ANIK “K-PRIME” KHAN is from Bangladesh and was raised in Queens, New York. But he’s not a rapper; He’s a musicians’ musician. He grew up listening to jazz, soul, oldies, blues, and hip hop. He also enjoys reading books and watching anime. His diverse nerdom and musical influences helped craft him into a super cool hip hop lyricist.
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So what do you get when you mix 3 individuals with 3 different ethnic and musical backgrounds? Lacsajacakhan – when adobo meets curry and brings you culture.
MIGHTY MORPHING BOOGIE RANGERS
Made up of PERRY FABI, TRUNG LUU, MATEE KOWL, AJ MAGALONG, PUTRA SURYA and BRANDON TENGGARA, Mighty Morphin Boogie Rangers was formed in order to keep peace and balance in the world. Each Ranger was called from all over the DMV (DC, MD, VA) area to become a ranger because of their unique love and views of dance. Through their diverse styles and unique humor, the Mighty Morphing Boogie Rangers plan to keep mankind out of the hands of evil.
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Robert Park was born and raised in PGC, MD, but currently resides in NOVA. Coming from a broken home, writing quickly became his vehicle of release, expression, and escape. Robert was 12 years old when he first started writing, and back then, he thought he wanted to be a rapper. But he quickly discovered that what he had to say could not be squeezed into consistent rhythm and beats. He started rapping a cappella, which then shaped and molded his own style of delivery, rhyme scheme, and rhythm. Robert has been writing and performing Spoken Word poetry ever since.
Born in Queens, NY, 26 year old Robyn Kim is currently a server at an upscale restaurant, but her true passion in life is singing. Robyn fell in love with music at a very young age after hearing a song being played on a piano at church. It moved and inspired her to want to become a singer. Music is what connects her to the world, it challenges and defines all the moments in her life – good and bad. Kollaboration DC will be the first time Robyn will be performing on stage and she is excited for her debut.
Rocka was born on the Island of Trinidad and Tobago, the origin of Steel Pan and Calypso music. He moved to America to pursue his dreams and a better life. He considers his style of music RockaLypso – a fusion of Pop, Reggae and Soca – which is based on his varied musical influences. Rocka has performed at the Apollo Theater in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Florida and at the National Cherry Blossom Festival in DC.
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