Born and raised in the Twin Cities to NuyoRican parents,
emcee, singer, and songwriter Maria Isa is recognized for her dedication
towards celebrating her cultural diversity through music and political
activism. In 1992 she started her performing arts education at El Arco Iris
Center for Arts, forming Raices in 2002 with other advanced students to
conserve their ancestral Puerto Rican folklore music.
Influenced by the traditional Afro-Boricua ritmos
of Bomba and Plena, along with Soul and Funk of Motown and Fania's fusion of
Salsa and Bugaloo, Isa plants an organic blend of call and response with
lyrical "Spanglish" rhymes through the various drumbeats and snares
of Hip-Hop, Reggae, Dancehall and Reggaeton. In 1992 she started her
performing arts education at El Arco Iris Center for Arts, forming Raices
in 2002 with other advanced students to conserve their ancestral Puerto Rican
folkloric music. Isa joined Emetrece Productions in 2006 to promote her
music in the Twin Cities and in Puerto Rico, as well as to study the curriculum
of Hip-Hop and Reggaeton. Maria
Isa independently founded SotaRico in 2008. Known for delivering her
message through a unique flow, many believe Maria Isa to be a young woman with
the rays of revolutionizing the next generations of voices.
Following her nomination in 2006 for the Minnesota Music
Award's "Best Hip-Hop Artist" category, Isa released her first
independent album M.I. Split Personalities in May of 2007 and has been
promoting her music in the Twin Cities, Puerto Rico and nationally.
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