Maria Isa Pérez-Hedges
Performer & Activist |
Maria Isa Pérez-Hedges is a Boricua singer, songwriter, actress, rapper, activist, youth worker and international recording artist born in Minnesota and raised on St. Paul’s West Side barrio. She self-claims to be a SotaRican (Puerto Rican born in Minnesota). She was raised by the influences of many different rhythms of Afro-Latino-Indigenous culture and channeled it into performing arts and activism at a very early age.
Since 2009 Isa serves as CEO for her independent label SotaRico distributing over 13 of her recorded projects bridging a musical mixed upbringing of Minnesota and Puerto Rican culture into a fusion of sound. Isa describes her musical influence as a canvas of her surroundings from Prince’s funk,Fania All Stars’ Latin Soul, Afro Boricua Bomba de Los Ayalas mixed with 90s hip-hop.
Maria Isa is a recipient of the 2019-2020 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Musicians administered by MacPhail Center for Music and is the co-host and Producer of Latina Theory: A Spanglish Podcast Sin Vergüenzas. Isa has also received the National Hispana Leadership Institute’s “Rising Latina Star” award for her outstanding work with Youthrive Live on behalf of working and educating incarcerated youth throughout the state of Minnesota while hosting several Nobel Peace Prize laureates. Maria Isa has performed alongside and opened for artists such as The Roots, Bad Bunny, Common, Moby, Bomba Estereo, Sheila E, Kendrick Lamar, Las Cafeteras, Ana Tijoux, La India, Wu Tang Clan and many more.
Her latest album and most finest of works “Sasa” is a project influenced and dedicated to her mother, woman of color in politics and the future leaders of the world. Find more information about Maria Isa’s work at www.iammariaisa.com.