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Beny Esguerra
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Background information
Also known as Ruben Beny Esguerra
Born Bogota, Colombia
Genres Conscious hip hop, latin urban music
Occupation(s) Musician, poet, arts educator
Years active 1990-present
Labels Independent

Ruben Beny Esguerra is a Canadian musical artist and poet based in Toronto, Canada. Esguerra was nominated for the 2018 JUNO Awards in the World Music Album of the Year category.

Career

Beny was born in Bogota, Colombia and moved to Toronto, Canada in the late 80s where he began his music career at a young age attending an arts High School and studying music at York University. In the 90s, he joined an Afro-Colombian music orchestra. In 2008, he participated in a national poetry event The CBC Poetry Festival organized by the CBC, and has performed a spoken word piece for the former Governor General Michaëlle Jean. Beny has been working as an arts educator at York University and Ryerson University. Beny is also known for organizing workshops for Ontario Arts Council's Artist in Education Program. In 2012, Beny launched his debut album entitled: A New Tradition. Later in 2016, he released his sophomore album entitled: A New Tradition VOL 2: Return of the KUISi.

Beny holds a PhD (ABD) in Musicology, specializing in Latin American traditional and urban music.

Discography

Year Album Genre Credit
2016 A New Tradition Vol. 2: Return of the KUISi Hip-hop, instrumental Various artists Independent
2012 A New Tradition Spoken word, hip hop Various artists Independent

Recognition

  • JUNO Awards nomination for World Music Album of the Year, 2018
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