Directions in Sound: Pinays on the Rise
- Special Presentations
- 120 mins
In partnership with the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, CAAMFest40 spotlights the SOMA Pilipinas Cultural District in an outdoor music showcase featuring emerging Pinay voices. From Union City, singer-songwriter Kiyomi brings R&B stylings based on personal experiences. Ouida, named one of Nylon Magazine’s rising musicians, blends catchy pop melodies with jazz, R&B, and blues. Up-and-coming turntablist, DJ Bitesize, will be spinning and scratching party tunes as well. A celebration of the generations of Filipinos throughout San Francisco and beyond, the event also brings partnerships with additional SOMA community organizations starting at 12:30PM.
12:30pm: SOMA Pilipinas Filipino Cultural Heritage District Engagement
1:00pm: DJ Bitesize
Bitesize is a Pinay DJ from the Bay Area. Starting at 17 years old Bitesize owned a pair of turntables and a mixer which then began her -turntablism and mixing- DJ journey. Bitesize is a two-time DJ battle champion in the local Bay Area scene. She rocks numerous venues in the Bay from SF to SJ to LA and even out of state. Her sound is a mixture of new school to old school while adding flavors of all genres you can vibe and dance to- with some turntablism tricks and scratches.
When it comes to music, Bay Area born and raised singer/songwriter Kiyomi is a
breath of fresh air. She is a meld of R&B, pop, with a sprinkle of your favorite genre.
At 18 years old, she released her first solo project “Solara Sunsets” which garnered nearly one million plays across all digital streaming platforms, catching the attention of local music label companies including Columbia Records, Empire, and Create Music Group. Over time, Kiyomi realized that her passion for music was not merely because of her love for it but it was a pure form of self expression and a way of not only healing herself, but also for the ones listening. Till this day, she continues to radiate the world with her charismatic sound and a voice that is perfectly unforgettable.
Ouida (pronounced wee-duh) is a Filipina-Irish American singer/songwriter, producer, performer and activist from the San Francisco Bay Area. Her music blends influences of jazz, r&b and the blues, integrating universal themes of love and self-realization through the lens of the cultural experiences that shaped her. She received technical training at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU Tisch and completed her degree in sociology at UC Berkeley, a driving force behind her audio-visual creations that explore identity and empowerment as a biracial woman.