Local 303: Colorado artists we feature for Latin Heritage Month September 2021


Photo: Lisa Siciliano

Hometown: Denver


Last version: Creatures of habit, Self-published, July 6, 2019

Pronouns: they

About: Kiltro is the project of Chilean-American singer-songwriter Chris Bowers Castillo. Designed in the bustling and bohemian port city of Valparaiso, Chile, Kiltro draws much of its thematic energy from Latin American folk artists like Victor Jara, Atahualpa Yupanqui and Inti-Illimani, creating an emotional and stylistically unique fusion of genres. older with contemporaries.

As the community opens up, what’s the next step? : After 16 long months in quarantine, we’re excited to be on the books for a variety of shows and festivals and will be announcing more dates soon. We’re also immersed in the recording process, having just followed the drums for a handful of songs, and are ready to release and adapt them for the stage. I am proud of what we are working on, as it has been an indifferently difficult and cathartic process this time around given the pandemic.

Group website: https://kiltromusic.com/

Be social: Instagram, Spotify, Twitter, Facebook

Leon de las Florez

Photo: Anthony Maze

Hometown: From North Denver Colorado

Form: Group since 2018

Last version: “Sunshine into your light”, Self-edition, March 12, 2021

Pronouns: He / Him / El

On: Born and raised in North Denver, Colorado, traveling back and forth to Juarez, Chihuahua, to visit his mother. Poet Artist Musician Educator and Builder, Diego Florez is a full-time creator. Many mediums occupy Diego. Leon de las Florez is a solo project of pure love and connection to oneself, to our outside world and to the source that feeds everything to create a sound experience of multi-genre arrangements and politically poetic lyrics. All the parts written and performed by Florez enhanced her understanding of composition and arrangement. With the freedom to create what the heart desires, the possibilities are endless and limitless.

Musicians who inspire: Stevie Wonder, Gil Scott-Heron, Freddie Hubbard, Funkadelic, Fazer, Combo Chimbita, Mars Volta, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Black Sabbath, The Adicts, The Cure, Carlos Santana, Little Joe & La Familia, War, El Chicano, Malo, Jimi Hendrix

Do you feel like confinement shaped you as a musician / band? If so, how: I moved to Taos, New Mexico for about 9 months and had the opportunity to create there. To experience the ancient ways and how they made them the daily walk of today.

And after?: I’m releasing a single on September 16th for Mexican Independence Day.


Kevin hernandez
Photo: Kevin Vrai

Hometown: Denver

Form: 2019

Last version: Self-editing “PIRANA (feat. Deuce Eclipse, 2MX2 & Debajo Del Agua)”, August 27, 2021

Pronouns: she she

On: Lolita studied music at the University of Colorado and graduated with a BA in Music Studies and the Entertainment Industry in the fall of 2015. She has performed her music at numerous venues and festivals in and around her state. origin, Colorado. One of Lolita’s most popular releases to date is a song called “Toda Mi Gente (Remix),” with over 130,000 streams on Spotify and over 10,000 views on YouTube. Lolita’s latest single is called PIRAÑA feat. Deuce Eclipse, 2MX2 & Debajo Del Agua. The single explains how the neoliberal socio-economic conditions of many South American countries produce circumstances where street children (called Pirañas in Peru and Colombia) must become like “Pirañas” in order to survive. Street children come together in solidarity and they survive by jostling in the streets, pickpocketing or even violently robbing people. The use of the word “Piraña” acts as a visual representation of the simultaneous harshness and beauty of street children. Lolita plans to release more music by the end of 2021. You can stay up to date on Lolita’s latest music releases, videos, events and more by following her on social media @lolitaworldwide.

Musicians who inspire you: In no particular order, here are some of the musicians who inspire me; Residente, Missy Elliot, Celia Cruz, Selena, OutKast, J Cole, Kanye West, Amy Winehouse, Sade, The Reminders, Erykah Badu, SiR, Kendrick Lamar, Tyler The Creator, lil Wayne, Timbaland, Raury, Glass Animals, Jimmi Hendrix , Janis Joplin, Cher, Etta James, Lauryn Hill, Michael Jackson

Do you feel like confinement shaped you as a musician / band? The confinement affected my personal life, which had a positive domino effect in many areas of my life, including my career as a musician. I had more time to be inside and I grew better interiority by myself. I finally took action for many passions that I had put aside, I had the impetus I needed to become a more sovereign individual. I was able to find my center and take steps to align with my authenticity and wholeness. It opened the door for me to refine my goals and purpose by balancing the things that I spent my time and energy on.

And after: I have new singles in preparation for a release before 2022. New products are in preparation. A vinyl of “Toda Mi Gente” is being discussed, and new music videos and songs are showing up.

Website: http://lolitamc.com

Be social: Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, Spotify, Twitter

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