Stephen Smith-Contreras aka Yucasoul(producer/stage name) is an artist, musician, percussionist, activist, and educator.

Music inspires, creates change, and unites. It can connect us to a higher power and ignite social movements. For over a decade, Stephen Smith-Contreras has explored and engaged in the power of music as a performer, a dj/producer, a curator, and a student.

Stephen’s Afro-Latin percussion studies have led to over 15 years of research and performance, including work in Cuba and Puerto Rico with master drummers and elders, and research on Afro-Peruvian traditions.  As a dj/music selector, Stephen blends sounds from the African Diaspora with Hip Hop, Jazz, Soul, Electronic, and World music. Dig into one of the 48 episodes of Yucasoul Radio.

Stephen’s musical background has also led to the curation of community concerts and events in Denver and Los Angeles, including the Mid-City Arts & Music Festival( LA 2017, 2018).

Stephen holds a master’s degree in Music from California State University Los Angeles, and a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Ethnic Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder.