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Jay Rags is a deejay, poet, creative, promoter, and former coffee shop owner from Baltimore, now based in Medellin, Colombia. To hear him dj is to hear a soulful House, Afro-beat, & discofied funk.
Jay is from the Baltimore/DC area now living in Medellin, Colombia. He is the creator of the Baltimore based house music & open-mic website blackbookscafe.com( circa 2002), a co-creator of what would become known as Baltimore’s Collective Minds festival, Poetry4People 2006 “Walkit-Talkit Integrity” award winner, creator of the Soul Fiesta party started in 2003-present, FELA! cast party in Baltimore, Baltimore Felabrations, creator of Studio Sessions Live at Artscape, author/poet of Tribe Called Soul Fiesta, a prolific dj that rocks underground House, afrobeat, latin, and Soul music. He is the self-proclaimed Baltimore king of cultural dance music. Before moving to Colombia he had a weekly Soul Fiesta show on handzonradio.fm. Jay was also creator and owner of NuBohemia coffee shop in the Mt. Vernon area of downtown Baltimore(2013-2018) The coffee shop sold great coffee, hosted many artistic events, sold vinyl records, and was in at least 3 national magazines.
While being a super creative, Jay Rags produced an underground mashup for his deejay sets called "Baba Yaga's Revenge" which he helped to make sure it found itself in dj sets all over the world. He also has spoken word on record labels like Spiritual Blessing and POJI records
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