4/27: Maria Isa on Radio Pocho

On the 4/27 episode of Radio Pocho we welcome Sota-Rican emcee Maria Isa to the KFAI studio! Born and raised in the Twin Cities, Maria Isa, is a veteran of the hip hop scene fusing traditional Puerto Rican rhythms of Plena and Bomba with hip hop and R&B.

In 2009 she released Street Politics to a sold out crowd at First Avenue. Since then she spent some time living and working in New York and still rocks the scene at local venues throughout the Twin Cities. On tonight's episode we'll get to hear some of the jams she's been working. She'll also be sharing some of her favorite cuts.

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Maria Isa bio:
Born and raised in the Twin Cities to Nuyorican parents, singer/songwriter/emcee
Maria Isa learned at an early age the traditional Puerto Rican rhythms of Bomba and Plena.

Beginning her arts education at El Arco Iris Center for the Arts in 1992, Maria quickly progressed from the role of student to the role of singer, songwriter, emcee and performer, cranking out several hits and playing to a sold-out historic First Avenue Nightclub in Minneapolis for her now-historic CD release, Street Politics.

She has been featured on the cover of Twin Cities Metro and other major magazines, nominated for a Minnesota Music Best Hip-Hop Artist Award, and will be recognized as a 2010 Rising Star by the National Hispaña Leadership Institute for her outstanding work with Youth Thrive on behalf of incarcerated youth throughout the Twin Cities, as well as her involvement with Peace Jam on behalf of Nobel Peace Prize laureates.