The Calle Ocho Festival: A Grand Fiesta!

By Phoebe Renje Miami’s Biggest Block Party! On March 12, 2023, Calle Ocho (Eighth Street in Spanish) closed for a day to honor and celebrate Latin culture. The annual Calle Ocho Music Fest occurred in Miami, which houses the largest Cuban population in the United States. The festival was a massive success, with a lineup of talented DJs and artists who added a Latin flavor. Miami-based record producer DJ Magic Mike appeared, spinning Latin-inspired hip-hop and EDM mixes. Guests include Miss Carnaval Aymee Nuviola, a Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, musician, and actress.  The Calle Ocho Music Festival began in 1979 by Cuban … Continue reading The Calle Ocho Festival: A Grand Fiesta!

J Hacha De Zola’s “Do You” is the Anti-Love Song of the Summer

“If you’re looking for a heartwarming love song, then you’ve come to the wrong place,” says New Jersey musician J Hacha De Zola of his latest single, Do You. “This one is a straightforward Motown-ish tune with all the amorous feelings of wanting to be loved and desired but also being thoroughly clueless and disconnected from the actual dance,” J continues.   Do You is equipped with J’s signature, haunting blues and brooding (a compliment, of course). It is a track that begs a response—any response—from a detached lover. Just another prime piece peeled from J Hacha De Zola’s upcoming … Continue reading J Hacha De Zola’s “Do You” is the Anti-Love Song of the Summer

Listen to J Hacha De Zola’s New Single, “I’m High”

New Jersey artist, J Hacha De Zola released his latest single, “I’m High,” on April 4th of this year. Despite his upcoming album’s title, Without a Tribe, J (as he is known) certainly has a tribe. The album includes a slew of talent consisting of Fernando Velez (Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings) and producer John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr., Waxahatchee, Horsegirl).  J Hacha De Zola’s “I’m High,” is anything but a tale of euphoria. Of the track, J says, “despite one thinking of ‘getting high’ as a euphoric experience, as any true addict will tell you, it soon stops being fun … Continue reading Listen to J Hacha De Zola’s New Single, “I’m High”

Getting to Know Ladi Rosa

by BLOCK THE NOISE! Staff Seventeen-year-old Latina singer, Ladi Rosa does not mince words. Her answers are direct and pointed. Hailing from Connecticut and raised in Florida, the Puerto Rican artist made waves in 2020 with her debut single, “I Ain’t No Taylor Swift.” The track topped the Billboard Breakout charts at #1, #49 for chart debut, and #21 for a record 19 weeks, a surprising event in the life of this blossoming Latin-pop singer.  “I Ain’t No Taylor Swift,” the message of which is less about dissin’ Taylor Swift and more about embracing yourself, was followed by “Dull” in … Continue reading Getting to Know Ladi Rosa