STRINGS N SKINS
Location: David Rubenstein Atrium, Broadway between 62nd & 63rd Streets
Strings N Skins celebrates their Caribbean, Latin American and African heritage through the dynamic and explosive blend of the violin and the djembe. The band was founded in Brooklyn, New York in 2015 by vocalist and percussionist Okai and Latin Grammy Award Winner violinist Luisa Bastidas.
Bastidas was born in Cali, Colombia and moved to New York City with her parents when she was just 11 years old. She tells her story of the challenges of adapting to a new culture while maintaining and growing her native culture at the same time. Okai was born in Brooklyn, New York to Haitian parents. He tells his story of the importance of learning about ancestry and representing proudly even if it’s from far away. Strings N Skins’ believe that by educating our minds and embracing our roots we can take control and live with dignity and love.