Antonio Ocasio

Antonio Ocasio

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Antonio Ocasio
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Antonio Ocasio grew up in the South Bronx where the neighborhoods were thriving with a rich sound in music including the African American and Puerto Rican/Latino culture. The combination and sometimes integration of both cultures made an excellent arena for Antonio to have a broad and rich musical experience. “There was always music playing in our home. My mother would have the music playing while she cleaned, cooked and during regular weekend gatherings with family and friends to socialize and play dominoes (My mother was a champ in dominoes). “

At a very early age, his older brother exposed Antonio to the music of Carlos Santana. “I was instantly hooked on his music and he has been a major musical influence in my life." 

In 1972, Antonio met a neighborhood DJ by the name of Rookie. "He basically took me under his wing and not only was he teaching me the art of mixing but also allowing me to play with him at parties. I was just a boy but I remember one day Grandmaster Flash walked into the bedroom, where Rookie had his setup, so that Rookie could show him how to mix. We also played music at public parks. This is a very important aspect of the underground music scene that is rarely mentioned, but it was an integral part of the movement.”

During his upbringing in the South Bronx, Antonio was exposed to several genres of music especially the old Latin Boleros, Latin Jazz, African rhythms (Yoruba religion/Santeria), Soul, Funk, Disco, Gospel and Rap. As a teenager, Antonio started to drift towards the disco/funk/soulful and jazz sound. He especially remembers getting into rap music as it was being developed right in the neighborhood he grew up in. "We would hang out in the project hallways and while we banged on the walls with our hands or whatever we had to make music, the fellas would just make up rhymes. In 1972, at age 12, I bought my first records, Chakachas and Jungle Fever. Despite us being very poor, I begged my mother for money to buy records. I have not stopped buying records since.”

Antonio is the proud owner of an extensive record collection which thoroughly covers: Latin, Latin Jazz, all eras of Jazz, Disco, Soul, Funk, Dance & World Sounds. "Today I am open minded to seeking all kinds of music. My main focus is how the music makes me feel. I listen to the message and the story the music presents, especially in instrumental songs. I don't believe a song has to have words to tell a story."



Around 1974-75, although under-age, he managed to get into many of the New York clubs (Bonds International, Latin Times, Starship Enterprise, Electric Circus, to name just a few). For the most part, he religiously went to The Loft, The Garage and The Funhouse weekly for many years. “I did not go to either one of those clubs to hang out with David Mancuso, Larry Levan or Jellybean Benitez. I went to listen to some dope music and dance. In 1974, when I first went to The Loft it cost $3.99. I practically grew up in The Loft and much of my dance/music roots & experiences are based there."

"I love to play jams that others, for whatever reason, do not play." Antonio credits his courage to present different music, although not popular or mainstream, to his love for music. "It takes courage not worry about clearing a floor. Yes, I play from the heart and truly believe that the music lover and dancer will connect and appreciate what I’m playing. I must say, If you want hear what everyone else is playing, I am not the one to come check out. I’m not going to play a jam just because everyone else is playing it. On the other hand, I welcome the music lover/dancer who knows their music and wants to hear all kinds of good, quality sounds and even get educated to some degree.”

In January of 1998, Antonio Ocasio developed his own label so not to compromise producing the music that was in his heart - hence Tribal Winds. In addition to his record label, his love and dedication to the music has given him the opportunity to DJ worldwide.

Antonio is the resident dj of WEPA NYC, a celebration based on his Afro-Latino roots, creating that "the way it was on the block” vibe that was experienced growing up as New York Latinos (Neoyorquinos) presented by Joann Jimenez.

The soundscape of ¡Wepa! incorporates the wide range of our culture’s musical wealth, blending Afro-Cuban, Latino Tribal, Orisha chants and straight up percussive rhythms mixed in with old salsa classics and other lovely sounds that live inside us… house music.

¡Wepa! pays homage to the music that influenced us as youngsters, and celebrates the newer music that echoes it. We incorporate the 'vieja escuela' traditions of a cigar roller, domino table, and tasty coquito. We carefully select and display a visceral experience including video clips of children playing under a ‘johnny pump’ on those hot summer nights, famous Latino musician jam sessions, and dance rituals of our ancestors.

Our interactive clothesline strung from the ceiling, live percussionists and all that Latino flavor invite your presence. Let us dance, laugh and drink the night away, the way it used to and ought to be!
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Antonio Ocasio Discography

Albums

TDWCD102, TW040, TW041, TW028, TW014, TW004, TW021 Antonio Ocasio Life's Masterpiece(2xCD, Album + 10" + 5x12" + Box) Tribal Winds, Tribal Winds, Tribal Winds, Tribal Winds, Tribal Winds, Tribal Winds, Tribal Winds TDWCD102, TW040, TW041, TW028, TW014, TW004, TW021 US 2011 Sell This Version
TDWCD102, TW040, TW041, TW028, TW014, TW004, TW017 Antonio Ocasio Life's Masterpiece(2xCD, Album + 10" + 5x12" + Box) Tribal Winds, Tribal Winds, Tribal Winds, Tribal Winds, Tribal Winds, Tribal Winds, Tribal Winds TDWCD102, TW040, TW041, TW028, TW014, TW004, TW017 US 2011 Sell This Version
TWCD 102 Antonio Ocasio Life's Masterpiece(2xCD, Album) Tribal Winds TWCD 102 US 2011 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

TW001 Antonio* A Celebration Of Life(12") Tribal Winds TW001 US 1998 Sell This Version
Antonio Ocasio Agua De Coco..., Bien Dulce Tribal Winds US 1999 Sell This Version
Antonio* Happy, Joyous & Free Tribal Winds US 1999 Sell This Version
Antonio* Enamorandose - Falling In Love Tribal Winds US 1999 Sell This Version
TW004 Antonio* Azande 'Africa Nueva' / Kieleeks Groove / Rhumba En Paraiso(12") Tribal Winds TW004 US 1999 Sell This Version
Antonio* Inner Dance Tribal Winds US 2000 Sell This Version
Antonio Ocasio Whisper Loudly Wave Music US 2000 Sell This Version
Antonio* Raices-Roots "Musica Del Corazon" Tribal Winds US 2000 Sell This Version
TW009 Antonio* Romance En El Barrio(12") Tribal Winds TW009 US 2000 Sell This Version
TW011 Vinnie Colaiuta / Antonio Ocasio Vinnie Colaiuta / Antonio Ocasio - With A Lil' Help From My Friends Volume.1(12") Tribal Winds TW011 US 2000 Sell This Version
Antonio Ocasio Renewal Tribal Winds US 2001 Sell This Version
Antonio Ocasio Introspection - Another Perspective Volume 1 Tribal Winds US 2001 Sell This Version
Antonio Ocasio Rizmo Puro Tribal Winds US 2001 Sell This Version
Antonio Ocasio Featuring Annette Taylor Antonio Ocasio Featuring Annette Taylor - The Dream Lives On! Tribal Winds US 2001 Sell This Version
Antonio Ocasio Sunsplash (Single) Tribal Winds US 2001 Sell This Version
Antonio Ocasio Volume 3 - Fenix Fantasy Tribal Winds US 2001 Sell This Version
RS002J Antonio Ocasio Mocha Latina(12", S/Sided) Rekawa Sound RS002J UK 2001 Sell This Version
Antonio Ocasio Baba Le 'Seka Tribal Winds US 2002 Sell This Version
TW019 Antonio Ocasio Introspection - Another Perspective Volume 2(12") Tribal Winds TW019 US 2002 Sell This Version
Antonio Ocasio Organic Energy Kenlou Records US 2003 Sell This Version
TW021 Antonio Ocasio Featuring Ana Lucia Perreira Antonio Ocasio Featuring Ana Lucia Perreira - Amazona Corazon De Brazil(12") Tribal Winds TW021 US 2003 Sell This Version
TW022 Antonio Ocasio & Def Räädu Antonio Ocasio & Def Räädu - Eesti - With A Lil' Help From My Friends Volume II(12") Tribal Winds TW022 US 2003 Sell This Version

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November 8, 2007
Antonio Ocasio together with artists such as Jephté Guillaume & Joe Claussell have produced some of the finest cultural music to hit our ears. This man has flatly refused to "sell out" & keeping to his deep latino roots produces gem after gem of the deepest rhythms with his very talented musician friends.
Simply everything that he has released on his own brilliantly designed Tribal Winds label oozes character & quality.
A label where you just have to have every release. period.
& a personal friend of mine who I am truly honoured to know. RESPECT.

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