La Real Esa

OneBeat 2015 Fellow

Accordion Player, Vocalist

Bogota, Colombia

Katherine Suavita Niño, who performs under the name La Real Esa, is a vocalist, accordion player, tap dancer and circus performer. Her music is part of a new wave of Urban Cumbia (now popular across Latin America) that infuses traditional styles with elements of rock, punk, and hip-hop. She leads the band Los Asesinos del Ritmo — one of the most successful outfits playing Urban Cumbia in Bogota — with her strident accordion playing and commanding vocals.  More than simply a musician, La Real Esa sees herself as a complete artist and entrepreneur who seeks to work with communities affected by violence through art.