Dhanya & Bali
Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela and steeped in the mystical spiritual traditions of the East, singer-songwriter Dhanya is a powerful voice of the the conscious music scene. Daughter of two-time Latin Grammy winning artist Ilan Chester, Dhanya has been navigating diverse musical styles since childhood, resulting in her signature genre-blending sound. Dhanya’s music, a powerful blend of electronic, folk, pop and soul, speaks to her expansive musical range. Her radiant voice, thought-provoking lyrics and innovative sound have captivated audiences across the globe, making her a powerful presence in the burgeoning conscious music community. Dhanya is a seasoned performer, supporting and collaborating with renowned artists such as MC Yogi, Jai Uttal, Mayapuris, Jahnavi Harrison and Gaura Vani. Dhanya co-produced her debut, self-titled album (2018) with acclaimed artists Robin Livingston, Ben Leinbach and Mayapuris, with songs featuring MC Yogi and Bali Rico. The album received accolades and exceptional critical acclaim, featuring on AXS.com, Songwriting Magazine, Women on Air and 5to9 Magazine. Her hit single, ‘Fire’ was voted #1 Top Conscious Music Song on Soul Traveller Radio. Sharing songs from her album as well as new material and her unique cover-song style, Dhanya tours extensively across the U.S., Europe and South America, including performances at Suwannee Hulaween, Bhaktifest, Lovelight Festival, Illuminate Festival as well as intimate, boutique performances at exclusive venues.
Bali Rico is a lyricist, multi-instrumentalist, author and academic. Born in the U.S. to Colombian parents, he and younger brother Kish spent their formative years living in ashrams in the sacred land of Mayapur, West Bengal, learning the traditions and music of ancient India. Bali’s immersion in diverse cultures and musical styles resulted in an innovative, eclectic sound. Traveling across the globe with his band, The Mayapuris, Bali’s mridanga drum playing is fiery, funky and precise, helping to create the group’s signature sound. As a hip-hop lyricist, Bali’s flow mirrors the intricate rhythm of a born percussionist, with thoughtful prose full of insight, philosophy and personal reflection. His upcoming releases feature collaborations with renowned conscious hip-hop artists including Srikala and DJ Drez. Bali is currently touring worldwide alongside Dhanya, his wife and conscious music artist, presenting original songs and mantra meditation.