Strings N Skins  


Colombia Meets Haiti in Brooklyn 


Strings N Skins  celebrates their Caribbean, Latin American and African  heritage through the dynamic and explosive blend of  the violin and the djembe. The band was  founded in Brooklyn, New York in 2015 by vocalist and percussionist Okai and Latin Grammy Award Winner violinist Luisa Bastidas. 

Luisa Bastidas was born in Cali, Colombia and moved to New York City with her parents  when she was just  11 years old. She tells her story of  the challenges  of adapting to a new culture while maintaining and growing her native culture at the same time. Okai was born in Brooklyn, New York  and both of his parents are  Haitian. He tells his story of the importance of learning about  ancestry  and representing proudly even if its  from far away.

Strings N Skins is not your average band. SnS is a  band not just happy, it is  also intense, irreverent, and  empowered. Their purpose is that by educating our minds and embracing our roots we can take control and live with dignity and love.

Let the music speak.


Strings N Skins (Cuerdas y cueros) es una banda nacida en Brooklyn, Nueva York con explosiva mistura del sensual canto del violín y el pulso rústico del tambor Africano. La banda expresa la fusión de mundos, lo clásico y lo popular, lo tradicional y lo urbano, tomando los ingredientes más interesantes de cada uno de ellos para crear una textura de sonido distinta que viaja y se aventura por toda la diáspora Africana en las Américas. Strings N Skins fue fundada por el cantante y percusionista Okai y la violinista, bailarina y cantante Luisa Bastidas. Luisa, oriunda de Cali, Colombia inyecta al grupo con sus influencias de currulao, cumbia y salsa y Okai, nacido y criado en Brooklyn de familia Haitiana aporta el condimento caribeño de kompa, soca y hip hop. A través de su música, danza y letras, Strings N Skins expresa su mensaje de unidad entre los pueblos y culturas.


Strings N Skins te pone a bailar!!!!!



  • Jul 14 Sun

    06:30 PM

    Playland , Rye N.Y

  • Jan 03 Thu

    07:00 PM

    Rockwood Music Hall BMI Presents Sonidos Latinos

    196 Allen St, New York, NY 10002

  • Apr 27 Sat

    02:30 PM


    647 Fulton StreetBrooklyn, NY 11217   FREE! Come Through!!!!!!!!!

  • May 04 Sat

    06:30 PM

    Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning

    The Delightful Festival Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning 161-04 Jamaica Avenue    

  • May 08 Wed

    06:30 PM

    Museum of Natural History

    Private Event

  • May 10 Fri

    06:30 PM


    Private event

  • May 18 Sat

    02:30 PM


    World's Fare 

  • May 29 Wed

    12:00 AM

    John Jay Graduation

    Private event

  • May 29 Wed

    02:30 PM


    Private Event

  • Jun 01 Sat

    11:30 PM

    Nublu 151

    Negus  World wide fundraiser.    151 Avenue C New York NY

  • Jun 10 Mon

    08:30 PM

    Songwriters week

    The Cutting Room 


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