The Cultural Detectives is an innovative historical art experiment that harnesses the power of music, bringing unheard poems and stories of slaves to life by combining them with modern music. The project was created by Wheeler del Torro and produced by the legendary DJ Tony Humphries. The Merchant, which hails the first release from the project, is a powerful poem which was published in 1840 by Juan Francisco Manzano, who was born into slavery in Cuba. This culturally rich release comes with a moving spoken word acapella of Manzano’s original poem, along with 2 brilliant house remixes courtesy of San Francisco house legend, David Harness and Italy’s rising talent, Paul Adam.
“Not only does music have the power to both sustain our attention and provide us pleasure, it can be a powerful teaching tool. By placing these narratives to modern beats, I hope to bring the words to life in an accessible, enjoyable way,” – Wheeler del Torro
Wheeler del Torro, (aka DJ Kinfolks) is a producer, musician and DJ originally from Cuba, who has been working in the industry for the past 15 years, promoting and Djing at parties all over New York, Philly, Paris, Ibiza and beyond. He is often referred to as Tony Humphries’s musical protégé and is also an acclaimed food anthropologist.
San Francisco legend David Harness as been a major player on the US deep house and garage scene for decades. His productions and remixes have regularly graced key labels in the dance music including the legendary San Fran label Moulton Music, Loveslap, Quantize, Nervous, King Street, Papa, Vega Records, Foliage, Defected, and many more. Paul Adam is a DJ producer hailing from Bari, Italy known for his eclectic style across the House and Tech House spectrums. His various styles of productions have landed on labels such as Nervous, Material Series, Dvine Sounds, Lapsus Music, Happy Techno, King Street, Quantize, Tony Records, Sony and Universal, among others and he is also the owner of Beatrain Records.
The Merchant Will Be Released On February 29th 2020 On Dog Day Records