Los Angeles, CA – LA-based DJ Papalotl, aka Buttahfly, is crusing into April recharged, following an action-packed Ladies’s Historical past Month. The extraordinarily expert expertise, who’s 1/2 of Kingston 12 HiFi, a sound system she owns and operates with associate Shinehead, has been making her mark for over 25 years in an area occupied by only a few girls.
In the course of the month devoted to girls, the powerhouse selector descended on New York for a number of performances at native sizzling spots. Whereas DJ Papalotl could also be Cali to the core, her various background permits her to musically penetrate varied crowd sizes in any setting. New York’s engagements have been intimate, and he or she match the invoice completely. The DJ gained some new followers on her New York tour, whereas reconnecting with many she has met through the years.
Rockin’ The Home
Whether or not she was dropping uncommon grooves at “Every little thing Crash” in Brooklyn’s East River Bar or taking it to bonafide Reggae and Dancehall choices at “Trenchtown Tuesdays” in Bedstuy’s Santa Salsa Restaurant, DJ Papalotl didn’t disappoint. Because the identify suggests, at “Strictly Roots Wednesdays,” the expert selector dug deep for the perfect in Roots and Tradition. As if issues couldn’t get hotter throughout the noticeably chilly East coast go to, DJ Papalotl took to the airwaves on VP Data’ Reggae King Radio with longtime buddy Lee Main De Boss. Dub plates and dope choices have been flying, because the DJs rocked listeners with Shinehead dubplate exclusives and a few of his upcoming music.
Empress Nook Look
New York was a blast, however LA was calling. DJ Papalotl closed out the month by producing “Empress Nook,” an occasion devoted to LA Ladies in Reggae. Stay performances from a few of the greatest expertise the “Metropolis of Angels” has to supply unfolded within the Kingston 12 Studio and occasion area, which she owns with Shinehead. The wonderful line up of artists, together with Ryo Vibes, Queen Nzingha, Queen Mom Tamatria, Empress Indika, LadyBea, B The Lioness, Jahmiroc, and Ladee Dee, shared their craft, skills, souls, and hearts on the particular occasion. Notably, the venue is dwelling to quite a lot of occasions, which incorporate vinyl, an genuine custom-built sound system designed by Shinehead himself, and dwell performances!
Rocking on Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise
DJ Papalotl has garnered fairly the next from her residency on the annual Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise with Kingston 12 Hello Fi. Whereas she could not seize the mic usually, her drive is felt by her intense mixes of Reggae and Dancehall music. Typically pulsating all through the corridors of the ship, changing varied areas to full-fledged Dancehalls, the fierce selector can rock whether or not taking part in vinyl or an I-pad. She and Shinehead have a system and chemistry that’s unmatched. As one of many only a few feminine DJs on the famed cruise…DJ Papalotl leaves a long-lasting impression with cruisers.
This Buttahfly additionally travels globally to play at festivals akin to Rototom, Reggae Geel, Reggae Solar Ska and Summerstage in Central Park to call a couple of.
Whether or not spinning unique and uncommon Reggae and Dancehall tunes or backing up the legendary Shinehead throughout his performances with audio and video, DJ Papalotl is preserving Jamaica’s custom of sound system tradition by taking part in genuine tunes from all eras of Jamaican music together with customs and dub plates for Kingston 12 Hello Fi.
DJ Papalotl formally added selector to her model after finding out overseas in Jamaica in 1994. She was inspired by her buddy (a Hip Hop DJ) to take her love of Reggae music to the subsequent degree. The buddy proceeded to highschool her on the best way to lower and blend on Technics 1200’s. The remainder is historical past. One ought to by no means sleep on DJ Papalotl, who additionally dons the hats of licensed sound engineer and multi-media artist.
Along with Reggae and Dancehall, the worldwide DJ additionally enjoys mixing Hip Hop, RnB, Funk, Soul, Neo-Soul, Cumbia, Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton, Soca, Afrobeat and extra. This various background permits DJ Papalotl to not solely authentically vibe in Jamaican areas, but additionally different music avenues the place she is considerably skilled.