Reyna Tropical are composed of Mexican expats Fabiola Reyna and Sumohair. The duo met as part of Red Bull Music Academy’s Bass Camp at Bonnaroo Music Festival in 2017—chosen as two of 20 up-and-coming producers and musicians from around the country. It was there that they bonded over their love for the tropical diaspora and began experimenting with their unique writing process: a process inclusive of pure improvisation consisting of a four hour session per song aimed at capturing the moment and the environment.
The music is a cross between Mexican happiness, Caribbean hip-moving, Afro-Mexican rhythm, and, as NPR stated, “bright guitar riffs and meticulously layered samples with lulling lyricism… to create a tropical sound as complex and expansive as their shared experiences of bicultural Latinidad.”
Reyna’s voice is as soothing and beautiful as Norah Jones. What makes the music that much more interesting is that Reyna is the founder of She Shredz, “a community-driven, comprehensive answer to guitar culture and music media. Dedicated to women & gnc guitarists and bassists, their mission is to educate, empower, and inspire people through unexplored musical and cultural landscapes. Their vision is to continuously refine, redefine, and reimagine the possibilities of how music connects us, ensuring an inclusive and accessible music community 100% of the time.”