Gabriela is a rising singer and songwriter based in the San Francisco Bay Area. A vocalist with roots in r&b, jazz, soul and folk, her versatility spans multiple genres and platforms of performance both live and recorded, including national and international commercial and film. With her music, she looks to spread and promote positive energy and global healing through the conduit of curated art and expression.
A singer since birth, Gabriela formally began her music career at age 16, when she graduated high school early to pursue music and performance more intently, joining collegiate vocal jazz choirs and touring Europe and Japan under the direction of John Knutson (Phil Mattson's 'Vocalogy"). Since moving to Oakland at the age of 19, she has enjoyed a professional career as a performer for corporate, private and creative events, while concurrently pursuing music production, management, as well as her own artistic creations and healing curriculums.
In September 2015, Gabriela independently released her debut original EP "And Who Am I Today."
A neighbor's illegal cable connection would forever change the life of a then 9 year old Juan Amador aka Wonway Posibul. The year was 1988, and Yo! MTV Raps made its television debut. Already exposed to the HipHop culture through his Uncle's connection to San Francisco's graffiti scene, Juan was hooked. Within a year, he had formed a group with his friend and was writing and recording raps on an old boom box, channeling influences from the Native Tongues to NWA.
Seeing no future in rapping, Juan focused his time on his graffiti and deejay talents, until a fateful battle in the cafeteria his senior year in high school. His opponent was an emcee later known as BS. The respect earned that day, would later influence BS to ask Juan to form a group with him and another emcee from school, Ray Dub, for an upcoming talent show. They decided on a name and "Secluded Journalists"was born.
Around the same time, Wonway (Juan) began making frequent trips to Telegraph Ave. in Berkeley where he met young aspiring emcee/entepeneurs on the block selling HipHop cassetes. Through his visits, he met emcees such as Murs of Living Legends, the Kemetic Suns, and Hobo Junction. Aside from showing him that music could be made independently, he learned the concept of true freestyling, or rhyming off the top of the head.
Through Kemetic Suns, Wonway met Ayentee, who later became a member of Secluded Journalists. With a recently returned BS, the group began performing in 1999 and with his schooling in freestyle, Wonway began entering battles shortly after.
Secluded Journalists have performed at over 150 shows from Pittsburg to San Francisco to New York to Puerto Rico, and have opened or performed alongside acts such as Digable Planets, MF Doom, the Quannum Collective, Jeru the Damaja, Masta Ace, Atmosphere, Hieroglyphics, Aesop Rock, Mr. Lif, Living Legends, Little Brother, One Self, Crown City Rockers, Immortal Technique, J-Live, Zion I, Slum Village and many more. Secluded Journalists have released one album in 2002 "Who Are We" with plans of a much anticipated sophmore release. Wonway has also occasionally made cameos on other projects, most recently on DJ Whooligan's "Star Gazers" mixtape.
After literally thousands of freestyle cyphers and taking his lumps in battles early on, Wonway made himself a presence on the freestyle and battle scene, winning numerous battles including Showtime Network's Next Episode (SF), Zulu Nation's 2on2 , Mighty 4, IC3, TKO Battle, 26 mix, and most recently taking the gold medal in the Freestyle Olympics before announcing his retirement from battling. His love for freestyle continues in jam sessions with his band The Park, radio shows, and his offshoot creation "Who's Rhyme is it Anyway?", a performance troupe blending improv theatre and freestyle.
2007 also saw the return of Wonway as a DJ. In his short time back to deejaying on a regular basis, he has already played with Afrika Bambaataa, DJ Eleven, Neil Armstrong, the Oakland Faders, & DJ Boogie Blind of the X-ecutioners to name a few. Wonway's selection goes far past the expected HipHop, and regularly dips into Funk, Soul, Salsa, Afro-beat, Jazz, Reggae & more. He holds residencies with fellow Latin Soul Brother DJ Joe Quixx @ Oakland's Easy Lounge, Musiquarium on Sundays @ Water Lounge, and monthlies' Devil's Pie @ Namu Bar, Doowutchalike @ Poleng Lounge, & 35,000 Feet w/ DJ Haylow @ Azul in San Francisco.
2009 and beyond promises more music from Wonway in the form of another Secluded album, various collaborations, a mixtape or 2, and a long overdue solo release.
ALSO (as if that wasn't enough!)***
Wonway also holds court on his monthly radio show "Thinkbeat
Radio" on legendary Berkeley station KPFA. The program runs
every last Friday night/ Saturday morning of the month from
It can be heard on...
94.1 FM KPFA in the Bay Area
88.1 FM KFCF in Fresno
90.1 FM KZFR in Chico &