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Alih Jey, with members of Cuñao

Alih Jey is a Grammy nominated singer and songwriter living in Los Angeles, CA. In 2008, she was the first Dominican nominated for a Latin Grammy in the category of Best Rock Solo Vocal Album for her independently released album, “Necia.” Alih is also a featured vocalist and writer on “Déjame Bailar,” Los Rakas’ single from their Grammy nominated album Los Rakas. She has performed at major festivals and events like SXSW, LAMC, The Grammy Music Series, L Festival, The Casandra Awards (Dominican Grammys), The Miami Music Festival and Dominicana Moda. Alih has also shared the stage with Gloria Estefan, Paulina Rubio, Aleks Syntek, Bacilos, and La Quinta Estación. Billboard Magazine called her song Te Lo Debo a Ti “… one of the best female pop tracks in recent memory,” The Miami Herald called Alih Jey “One of the most complete and talented artists of the Miami Music Industry,” and Boom Magazine named “Gotas de Piel” Best Album by a Singer/Songwriter. Alih also sang the theme song for ABC show Suburgatory, entitled “Pleasant Nightmare.” As a songwriter, Alih Jey won the BMI award in 2016 for co-writing Ricky Martin’s hit single “Adrenalina (Spanglish version).” She has also placed songs with other noted artists, including JLO, Wisin, Chiquis Rivera, Maite Perroni, Ednita Nazario and Dulce Maria (of RBD). Other collaborations include multi-Grammy winners Sebastian Krys and Elsten Torres (Fulano), Francisca Valenzuela, Huey Dunbar, Paulina Rubio, and Frankie J. Her albums and EPs include: Alih Jey (2001), Gotas de Piel (2004), Necia (2008), Tarte (2011) and Car Trouble (2014).

Cuñao is a Los Angeles-based, Latin Folk group . They use their South American background & influences to create evocative, poetic songs that transcend time and leave listeners with lush images. A group of multi-ethnic musicians, Cuñao puts a global twist on their Latin sound by exploring African rhythms, Eastern European melodies and American Rock aesthetics.


Members:  Alih Jey, Julio Montero, Josel Cruz, Isaac Ortiz.
Music Genre:  Latin Alternative/ World Folk
LALIFF Date:  6/21 – Thursday Night Opener.
Country: Alih Jey is from the Dominican Republic. Cuñao is from all over the world. Their paths crossed in Los Angeles.
Other Relevant Info: UPCOMING: My new single “Mi Debilidad” will be out at the end of the summer! ANECDOTE: I had started to develop my new project/album, a tribute to my father’s music from the 60’s, Aníbal De Peña, but something still hadn’t clicked. I wanted to find a direction that kept the classic sound yet sounded fresh. At the time I was doing a residency at the Hotel Cafe, and invited musicians I admired to play with me here and there. Cuñao was one of them. After that show, we started working and playing more and more. Until one day they accompanied a few of these new/old songs. It was just perfect. The combination of my restructuring of the songs with their brilliant arrangement ideas just worked. It felt magical. We’ve just recorded a whole album! The first single will be out very soon.


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