Audio Refuge Videos…

December 8th, 2010

The release parties were a great success! People came out, there were awesome performances by the bands and artists on the compilation (and even some that aren’t on it). Check out some video that our friends at WEBOS put together from the show at the Blue Macaw…

Interview by WEBOS

Jilali Dawi Hali – The Dunes

Audio Refuge

November 6th, 2010

Compilation CD Release

The ‘Hold is proud to present it’s first official release, Audio Refuge: a compilation of original afro-beat, north-african, dancehall, hip hop, dub-step, cumbia and more, including tracks from some truly talented Bay Area artists with roots around the globe. On Thursday, Dec. 2nd @ the Blue Macaw, Stronghold Sound will be featuring performances by some of these artists including: Wontanara, The Dunes, Yassir Chadly, Excentrik, Iggy Mon, Bongo, with djs Juan Data and dub Snakkr on the decks.

Artists on the compilation:

Black Nature
Bongo Sidibe
dub Snakkr
The Dunes
Iamani I Ameni
Iggy Mon
Juan Data
Halal Kutz
Karamo Susso
Nils Butman
Tim Abdelah Fuson
XBorder Players
Yassir Chadly

Juan Data

February 4th, 2010


In 2001 Juan Data moved to California to pursue a career in music journalism. With his first paycheck he bought his first set of turntables and started DJing, something he wanted to do for many years but wasn’t able to afford back in his home-town.

Soon he was spinning records in Hollywood venues in between sets during “rock en español” shows, forcing him to expand his musical repertoire in unexpected directions.

Two years later he moved to San Francisco and since then he has been playing, non stop, at house parties, clubs, bars, lounges, restaurants and concert venues all over the city and beyond.

Still a freelance music journalist by day (and a comic book aficionado) Juan Data puts on his wrestler mask by night and transforms into his DJ alter-ego to rock the party with his characteristically eclectic play-list, experimental mixes and outrageous performances.

Check out his website at

Cucumelo… a cumbia odyssey

February 1st, 2010

Okay, so there is way more to say about the history of where the original of this song came from and what others have done to it than we will share right here, but Juan Data has chronicled it well in his blog so check that out here: The Hard Data, other wise enjoy what hopefully is the first of many cumbias we will put out.

Cucumelo Remix – Juan Data & dub Snakr

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