American singer, songwriter and producer Ray Lugo is well known to groove connoisseurs around the globe, having released albums in a broad range of genres both as a solo artist, as well as with his long standing groups: Kokolo Afrobeat Orchestra, Ray Lugo & The Boogaloo Destroyers and new projects: Terrificos, and the L.E.S. Express.
His volume of work contains over 100 discographic credits and has recorded, performed and collaborated with artists across a wide range of musical styles including Charlie Hunter, Joe Bataan, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Manu DiBango, Pete Rodriguez, Richie Ray, BeatFanatic, Bosq, Roberto Roena, Faze Action, Roy Davis Jr., Diesler, Lack of Afro, Simbad, Fünf Sterne deluxe and with members of groups such as Matisyahu, King Sunny Ade, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Brownout, DJ Logic, Antibalas, and many others.
Lugo grew up in “Golden Era” New York City, immersed in the vibrant and diverse art and music scenes that influenced his work over the years and shaped the strong DIY ethic he is known for. He has performed live in 35 countries on many legendary stages, from CBGB’s, Glastonbury, and Bonaroo to London’s Forum, The Montreal Jazz Festival and New York’s Lincoln Center.
In 2001 he formed the Kokolo Afrobeat Orchestra, after becoming intrigued by West African Funk and the the music of Fela Kuti. Kokolo would go on to become a spearhead of the Nu-Afrobeat global movement and perform live all over the world.
In 2011, Lugo set out to explore his long-held interest in the classic “Boogaloo” sound of 1960’s New York, eventually forming Ray Lugo & The Boogaloo Destroyers in 2011, culminating with the group’s critically-acclaimed debut album, “Mi Watusi”, which has been broadly celebrated by connoisseurs, fans and DJ’s alike. Their second album, “Que Chevere!”, broadened the band’s global appeal and saw them embraced in a wide range of new countries.
In 2012, he debuted his first solo album, “We Walk Around Like This”, embracing the sounds of Bahia, Lagos, Kingston, San Juan, and Harlem all under one umbrella and further echoing Lugo’s eclectic tastes.
In 2015, Lugo formed a new project, “Terrificos”, in collaboration with film composer Jake Fader, blending Psychedelic Chicha and Cumbia with Spaghetti-Western cinematic sounds.
His new solo album. “Now”, as well its remixed version, “Family Remixes”, are currently out worldwide as he works on new albums from Kokolo, The Boogaloo Destroyers and Terrificos, scheduled for release on 2020.