Novalima Gallery – Old Town School of Folk Music (8/1/13)

Once again Novalima did not disappoint on their 4th visit to Chicago. The show, which lasted almost two hours, kept people on their feet dancing throughout the night. This show was made possible through a co-production between Agúzate, Old Town School of Folk Music and Sound Culture. See you next year when Novalima comes back to the Windy City.

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Help the Project! Get your Alive and Kicking Merchandise

Two Chicago-based companies (Agúzate Productions and Deboka Films) are producing the film titled "Alive and Kicking: La Historia de Chamaco Ramírez". The documentary discovers the lost story of salsa legend Chamaco Ramírez, an unparallelled Puerto Rican improvisational singer who influenced and entire generation of singers but has remained relatively unknown to the general public. Chamaco died of a gunshot wound in the streets of the South Bronx in 1983 and the murder is still unresolved to this day.

Alive and Kicking is directed by Puerto Rican filmmakers Eduardo Cintrón and Omar Torres-Kortright. It is expected to be completed by the end of this year. Visit to receive the latest news on this exciting project, produced right here in Chicago.

Be a part of the project by ordering your Official Alive and Kicking T-Shirt here:

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Dos compañías con sede en Chicago (Agúzate Productions y Deboka Films) colaboran en la producción "Alive and Kicking: La Historia de Chamaco Ramírez". El documental descubre la historia perdida de Chamaco Ramírez, un sonero improvisador que marcó una época, pero su historia nunca se ha estudiado a fondo desde su misteriosa muerte en las calles del sur del Bronx el 26 de marzo de 1983.

Alive and Kicking es un proyecto de los directores puertorriqueños Eduardo Cintrón y Omar Torres-Kortright. Visite para recibir las últimas noticias sobre este proyecto.

Puede ordenar su camiseta oficial aquí:

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y ser parte de este proyecto histórico.


August 1, 2013 – Novalima is Back!

Chicago Tour 2011
Chicago Tour 2011

Is that time of the year again! For 3 straight years Agúzate Productions has joined forces with Sound Culture to bring you Novalima, one of the most critically acclaimed Peruvian groups to ever grace the stage. This year we’ve added The Old Town School of Folk Music to the mix, creating a solid partnership to expose a wider Chicago audience to the Afro-Peruvian Electronica phenomenon. Novalima will be playing only one show next Thursday, August 1, 2013 at Old Town School of Folk Music’s 4544 N. Lincoln location. Get your tickets here.

Novalima earned a Latin Grammy nomination for best Latin alternative Album in 2009, and reached number 1 spots on USA CMJ Radio charts, as well as in Canada and European World Music Charts. In 2011, Novalima signed with ESL Music, the label owned by Thievery Corporation, to release “Karimba” its new production, in January 2012.

Juan Medrano Cotito
Juan Medrano Cotito

Karimba brought even wider recognition to this innovative group, while furthering their mission to inspire new generations to appreciate and respect the Afro-Peruvian contribution to the world of music. With a fresh and innovative sound that stands on a centuries-old foundation of soul and heritage, Novalima promises to keep Afro-Peruvian expression thriving long into the future.




Wapa TV Coverage of “Alive and Kicking” – 9 Days to Reach our Goal!

As we approach the final days of our crowdfunding campaign, Wapa TV explores the origins and progress of the documentary “Alive and Kicking: The Story of Chamaco Ramírez”, including interviews with directors Eduardo Cintrón and Omar Torres-Kortright, accompanied by Chamaco Ramírez Jr. Remember we only have 9 days to reach our goal. Become a part of the team that brings this story to the silver screen. Visit our project, make a donation of any amount and receive a cool collector’s item as a reward.

Message from Wanda and Chamaco Jr. Only 12 Days Left!


A message from Wanda and Ramón Luis “Chamaco Jr”. Thirty years after the death of their father, we’re getting closer to making this documentary a reality. Discover the lost story of a salsa legend. Visit our project at We have 13 days to reach our crowdfunding goal. Thanks for the support!

The story of Chamaco Ramírez has been a mystery throughout the years. While experts call him “one of the best salsa singers of all time”, his contributions to the genre are largely unknown today. 30 years after his murder, Chamaco is “Alive and Kicking” thanks to a groundbreaking documentary produced by Agúzate. View our trailer and visit our project page here.



Chicago Gives a Warm Welcome to Mima


Last Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 was Mima’s Chicago Debut at the Old Town School of Folk Music. Some fans traveled for hours across state lines to witness this rare intimate performance by one of Puerto Rico’s brightest stars. She received a standing ovation after two 45-minute sets filled with the beautiful melodies and lyrics that have established her as an iconic figure in her native Puerto Rico. We would like to thank Indio, Sobremesa Supper Club and SRBCC for their support of this show co-produced by Agúzate and Old Town School of Folk Music. Check out our picture gallery by Rafael Franco.



Havana Blue Ticket Winner Announced

Our friend David Linton just won a pair of tickets to Havana Blue. Don’t miss this amazing World Premier!

“Both Chaves and Davis (and the dancers and musicians who work under their direction) have made important contributions to Chicago’s cultural life. It’s a pretty safe prediction that with ‘Havana Blue’ they will create an important and exciting work of cross cultural and cross discipline expression.” -Arte Y Vida

For tickets, click here