Ivette Fuentes, DJ LA COQUI

Written by on March 22, 2020

Ivette Fuentes, DJ LA COQUI

Ivette, one of the Bay Area’s most popular DJs, was born in the town of Humacao, on the eastern shores of Puerto Rico – the Jewel of the Caribbean. She grew up surrounded by music. From traditional Bomba and Plena to the sounds of such unforgettable salseros as El Gran Combo, Sonora Ponceña, Roberto Roena, Willie Rosario, Bobby Valentín and Hector Lavoe, to all of whom she attributes her love of salsa.

In addition to being a regular DJ on the San Francisco Salsa scene, Ivette has worked with such well-known artists as Tito Nieves, Larry Harlow, Roberto Roena, El Gran Combo De Puerto Rico, Sonora Ponceña, Ray Barretto, Orquesta De La Luz, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Jimmy Bosch, Plena Libre, Manny Oquendo, Johnny Pacheco, Ismael Miranda, Oscar D’Leon.

For ten years she was the official DJ at the annual “Día de San Juan” Festival in San Jose, which draws thousands of visitors each year and which has brought to the stage stars like Tito Nieves, Johnny Polanco, and Plena Libre, Spanish Harlem Orchestra and many more.

Ivette is one of the most sought-after salsa DJs in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. And you understand when you see her in the DJ booth. Her pride in her Puerto Rican heritage and the way she feels, breathes, lives, loves the music might make your feet move all on their own.

Among the awards Ivette has received are:

* Los Angeles Salsa Congress – Lifetime Contribution to the World of Latin Music and Dance
* Washington DC – Tribute to Woman in Salsa
* WRPRC Western Region Puerto Rican Council – For Outstanding Achievement and Contribution to the Latino Community

Siempre pa’lante, Boricua, pa’atras ni pa’ coger impulso!” – “Keep moving forward, Boricua, don’t go back, not even to pick up speed!”

WHY IS IVETTE’S DJ NAME “LA COQUI”?

The Coquí (Ko-Kee) is a tiny tree frog that fills the Puerto Rican nights with its melodious song. Legend has it that there once was an Indian chief called Coquí – so brave, so good, and so powerful that the gods declared he would never be forgotten. They decreed the tiny tree frog to proclaim his name for all times. And so it is, that even now, you can hear the Coquí singing his name through the night.


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