"I was caught up in the music of struggle and I wanted to dance." - Assata Shakur 

ABRAZOS ARMY is a New York City Uptown based genre bending/blending, SalSoulful Funk meets radical Rap N Roll rhythm machine, founded and organized as the Abrazos Orchestra, by Bronx born/raised NuyoRican percussionist, Aníbal Collazo Jr, and artist/photographer/singer, Amy "Aimz" Poncé.

In 2018, protest singer/mc/poet/songwriter and all around anarcho-agitator, Zero Prophet aka Not4Prophet (formerly of anti-corporate political punk rock band, RICANSTRUCTION and underground Hardcore Hip Hop group, X-Vandals infamy), joined the Abrazos orchestra officially, after having jumped on stage and free-styled at an Abrazos show. Prophet added a vital and aggressive agitrap edge, Hip Hop heart, seditious street-soul sound, punk rock attitude and resistance rhymes to Abrazos Orchestra's Latin Funk foundation, and they ricanstructed into the ABRAZOS ARMY.

Although ABRAZOS is a loud and proud product of “The Boogie Down Bronx,” and its Nuyorican history and heritage is powerfully presented and represented in it's salsa meets soul stylings, collaborators and comrades of the ABRAZOS ARMY represent the entire essence of 'the Empire State' and have gnarly roots and far-reaching branches that extend to Latin America, the Caribbean and all the way to Asia, Africa and back.

Other members of the ABRAZOS ARMY include bass player, Djibril Toure, (who also performs with members of Hip Hop's fabled Wu-Tang Clan), sax player, Lo Wood, guitarist, Carlos "Cosmic" Bencosme, trombonist, Anthony 'Antman' DeLeon, trumpeter, Jackie Coleman (who also plays with Latin Grammy winning mariachi group, Flor De Toloache), percussionist, Keith "Rumbero" Rosello, congero, Michael "MJ" Lopez, drummer, Francis Benitez (who also performs with his father, the legendary Latin music bass player and three-time Grammy winner, John Benitez), pianist, Daniel "DJ" Jones, back up singers, Amy "Aimz" Ponce and Savina Lee "Savi" Fortis, and DJ, Xen Medina.

ABRAZOS ARMY is a fiesta for your right to fight!