About FEX Foreign Exchange

FEX Foreign Exchange is a collective, music label and party-rocking outfit exploring music culture in our beloved Chicago & beyond. From the rich histories of our neighborhoods to our pride in having visitors witness the realness, Chicago is among the finest & most diverse cities in the world. We like it that way and this is why we do this.

Years ago we took the concept of Chicago internationalism and thought to push & explore the music which represents our collective backgrounds. Through music we can break borders, explore our identities, and of course rock the dance floor.

While difficult in this day & age of top 40 pop and what sells, we strive for culturally aware music that explores undercurrents while respecting humanity. Diverse sounds for diverse peoples. We gets down, we lift up.

We do it through parties and performances, mixtapes & music productions, arts & media. We do it with traditional “world” music (Global Roots), new musicultural/political fusions (Nu Whirled) and heavy hitting, club-friendly (Transnational Bass) sounds. And we’ll continue to bring it heavier.

There’s lots of names for this movement, let’s be in conversation through music.

FEX Foreign Exchange is:

MC ZULU (Resident Host/marketing strategist)
DJ NEWLIFE (Resident DJ, Tyson Sanchez/Creator/TsunCome Records, Oakland/Chicago)
SERGIO FLORES (Mano/Bmajic, Los Angeles)
DAVID LOZANO (GM/booking/Jammin4Justice, Los Angeles/Chicago)
RICH CONTRERAS (Event Production & logistics, Chicago)

 

Past Guests

2010:

  • Nov 6th: MAMABEAR (Sweater Funk/SF)
  • Dec 29th: MAGA BO (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

2011:

  • Feb 5th: BBRAVE (Akwaaba Music, Paris/Ghana)
  • March 5th: GREG CAZ (Brazilian Beats, Brooklyn)
  • April 2nd: GEKO JONES (Que Bajo?!, Dutty Artz)
  • May 7th: KUSH ARORA (Surya Dub, Surefire, KAP)
  • June 4th: JESSE DE LA PENA & JAMAL JAYTOO JEFFRIES (Chicago)
  • June 24th: MEXICANS WITH GUNS (San Antonio, Texas)
  • June 25th: GHISLAIN POIRIER (Montreal, Quebec)
  • July 2nd: RICH MEDINA (Philadelphia, NYC)
  • Aug 6th: CHIEF BOIMA (Dutty Artz, NYC)
  • Sep 3rd: JAYTOO & C:DUB (All Vinyl Series, Chicago)
  • Oct 1st: PLEASUREMAKER & SENOR OZ (Afrolicious/San Francisco)
  • Oct 14th: RON TRENT (Felabration, Africa Hi Fi, Chicago)
  • Nov 5th: ELI ESCOBAR, SHAZAM BANGLES (Cutz on Cuts) & ITCH 13 (Sonic Diaspora)
  • Nov 18th: BOBBITO GARCIA a.k.a Kool Bob Love (NYC)
  • Dec 3rd: SHON DERVIS & JOHN SIMMONS (Chicago)
  • Dec 14th: JEREMY SOLE (KCRW/Afro Funke/The Lift, Los Angeles)

2012:

  • Jan 7: PEOPLES DJS Collective (Chicago)
  • Feb 4: K-SLY (Los Angeles) & SOLSON (A Love Supreme, Chicago)
  • Mar 3: LEFTO (Brownswood, Brussels, Belgium)
  • April 7: RICH MEDINA (Philadelphia, NYC)
  • May 5: FURIOUS STYLES: SHON DERVIS & ERNIE ADAMS on Percussion (Chicago)
  • June 2: THE BUMPS (London, UK) & DANIEL HAAKSMAN (Man Recordings, Berlin, Germany)
  • Aug 4: MAGA BO (Rio de Janiero, Brazil)
  • Sept 1: THORNATO (Cumba Mela, NYC)
  • Oct 6: BBRAVE (Akwaaba Music, Ghana/Paris)
  • Nov 3: SHAZAM BANGLES (Cutz on Cuts, Chicago)
  • Dec 1: SEARCHL1TE & LADY D (Chicago)
  • Dec 7: BRAZILIA (Los Angeles) with SOUND CULTURE (Chicago)

2013:

  • Jan 5: JOHN SIMMONS, SHON DERVIS & ERNIE ADAMS (Chicago)
  • Feb 2: DARIO X (Blah Blah Blah, Chicago)
  • Mar 2: JULIUS THE MAD THINKER (Mi Casa Es Su Casa, Chicago)
  • Mar 19: HIATUS KAIYOTE (Melbourne, Australia) and Sidewalk Chalk (Chicago)
  • Apr 6: JEREMY SOLE (KCRW/Afro Funke/The Lift, LA)
  • May 4: CAPTAIN PLANET (Mixtape Riot, LA/NYC)
  • June 5: NORM ROCKWELL (Chicago)
  • July 6: 4 Year Anniversary
  • Aug 3: EL DOPA (LA)
  • Sept 7: ROMASOUL (Balkan Invasion, Chicago)
  • Oct 5: UPROOT ANDY (Que Bajo, Dutty Artz, NY)
  • Nov 2: LOS RAKAS (SF), DJ TRILOGY, SOULPHONETICS, SOUND CULTURE
  • Dec 7: ATROPOLIS (Cumba Mela, NYC)

2014:

  • Jan 4: RICKSHAW (Chicago)
  • Feb 1: RIPLEY (Dutty Artz, NYC)
  • Mar 1: ATN (Paris, FR)
  • Mar 29: LIDO PIMIENTA (Toronto, CA), BETO & USHKA, (iBomba, NYC)
  • Apr 5: NATASHA DIGGS (Mobile Mondays, Offline, NYC)
  • April 19: DJ JUNIOR (Record Breakin’ Music, Philadelphia)
  • May 3: BOOGAT (Montreal, CA), CHIEF BOIMA (Dutty Artz, NYC), GEKO JONES (Que Bajo, NYC), ESSO AFROJAM (Chi), LOS VICIOS DE PAPA (Chi)
  • Jun 7: KUSH ARORA (San Francisco, CA)
  • July 5: UPROOT ANDY (Dutty Artz, Que Bajo?, NYC) & MANO (GKR, San Francisco, CA)
  • Sept 6: AFROQBANO (Sonic Diaspora, Que Horas Son, Chicago)
  • Oct 4: SHAZAM BANGLES (Vocalo, Boogie Munsters) & DARIO X (Push Beats, Chicago)
  • Nov 1: SHON DERVIS & ERNIE ADAMS (Furious Styles, Chicago)
  • Dec 6: CANYON CODY (Subsuelo, LA)

2015:

  • Jan 3: DJ LADY D (D’lectable Music, Chicago)
  • Feb 7: DJ TIM NICE (Party Time Society, Chicago)
  • Mar 7: ROMASOUL (Balkan Invasion, Chicago)
  • Apr 4: SOUND CULTURE (Future Rootz, Chicago)
  • May 2: LA JUNTA (LA) + ALTERED TAPES (Maker + Trew)
  • Jun 6: JAYTOO (Heavyweight Dub, Chicago)
  • Jul 4: STEPWISE (Kulcha Latino, Oakland)
  • Aug 1: TIM ZAWADA (Boogie Munsters, Tugboat Editions Records, Chicago)
  • Sep 5: C-DUB, JAYTOO, SOLSON
  • Oct 3: ITZI NALLAH (CumbiaSazo, Chicago)

 

Additional Local Guests: DJ Shazam Bangles, Intel, DJ Sadie Woods, DJ Madrid, DJ Itch 13, DJ Sherwin O, DJ Kraeon, DJ Mav Slash, DJ John Simmons, DJ Mwelwa, DJ Afroqbano, DJ BMaj, Soulphonetics, C-Dub.