Uptown Bounce: Caribbean Night with DJ Taela Naomi

When: Thursday, July 25, 2024, 6:00pm
Price: Free, registration recommended
Image by Filip Wolak

In honor of our new exhibition, Changing the Face of Democracy: Shirley Chisholm at 100, this installment of Uptown Bounce highlights Caribbean culture! Chisholm was of Caribbean descent, spending years of her childhood in Barbados where her family was from. 

Join us as we celebrate the vibrant Caribbean communities of New York City with our summer block party. Enjoy beats by DJ Taela Naomi, featuring dancehall, soca, afrobeats, and more! 

Highlights of the night:

Co-presented with El Museo del Barrio.

About DJ Taela Naomi: 

DJ Taela Naomi kicks her leg up in front of a mosaic wall. She wears a line green lace bell sleeved top, denim shorts, and rainbow heels. She holds a boom box on her shoulder and smiles at the camera.

Taela Naomi is an award winning DJ, model and educator based in NYC whose talent and presence have gained attention both in NYC and internationally. Raised in Brooklyn, NY, Taela's early musical influences included everything from classical composers Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky to Curtis Mayfield, James Brown, and Michael Jackson. After earning her B.A. from Amherst College, Taela performed as a Actors Equity Association performer with several shows including The Producers, Dreamgirls, High School Musical 2, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Josephine, and Bill T. Jones' Broadway adaptation of Superfly. With her knowledge of diverse musical genres, natural ability for cutting and blending, impenetrable focus, and bubbly spirit, Taela has risen to become one of NYC's most sought after DJs. She has played all over NYC and has earned praise from the legendary DJ Red Alert and played alongside the great DJ Tony Touch. Her signature party, The Dance Party, has become a weekly go-to event for music lovers, dancers, and NYC trendsetters. Her latest party series, Rum + Pum Pum Shorts which features Afrobeat, dancehall, reggae, and soca music, has been selling out in record time since it launched in September 2017. Taela won the prestigious Uptown Battle of the Bars competition, earning her the title "Best Uptown DJ." As an educator, Taela created a course in the Art of DJing, which she teaches in Brownsville Brooklyn. Taela's mission is to transcend the typical club experience to get people to connect and to move, to be present, and to boldly fall back in love with dance parties. 

About Uptown Bounce:  
Join the Museum of the City of New York (MCNY) and El Museo Del Barrio for our annual, co-presented series of free summer block parties featuring top DJs, special guests, live performances, art-making activities, drinks and bites, and more.  
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Uptown Bounce is presented in collaboration with El Museo Del Barrio.

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