DJ José Ruíz aka MundoMuzik, is a DJ, radio host, promoter, and collector of world music, vinyl, art and all cultural and music ephemera.
Jose comes from a tradition of music appreciation within his family. He has been a mainstay in the Bay Area music scene for over 30 years either as a DJ and/or radio host, holding residencies or as a special guest at Kimball’s Carnival, Jelly’s, Glass Kat, Mr.E’s, Montero’s, Alberto’s, Cafe Cocomo, Roccapulco, La Peña, Alegro’s, Elbow Room, and El Rio.
He has opened for various Cuban artists (e.g. Los Van Van, Charanga Habanera, Bamboleo, Maraca, Cubanismo and Adalberto Alvares), Puerto Rican artists (e.g. Tito Puente, Willie Colon, Plena Libre and La India) and International Artists, (e.g.Femi-Kuti, King Sunny Ade, Ricardo Lemvo, Lila Downs, Flaco Jimenéz, Los Cenzontles, Bajofondo). In addition to this, Jose has had numerous interviews with Jorge Drexler (Uruguay), Susana Baca (Perú), Thomas Mapfumo (Zimbawe), Gustavo Santaolalla (Argentina).
Jose’s taste in music is very eclectic, unafraid to mix traditional, experimental or folkloric elements in his sets. His confidence and impeccable taste in music is deeply rooted in the time and research he dedicates to learn about the genres he plays. His respect for the origin and tradition of music he loves can be heard in depth as a radio host and felt when he fills the dance floor.
Jose has been able to stay connected with the pulse of his community, his contagious energy has earned him new followers, he sees music as a way to bring together our diverse backgrounds or as he puts it “to explore and celebrate the diversity of human expression in an increasingly inter-connected world or connecting the dots”.
You can also catch Jose on the airwaves on radio on KPOO 89.5fm San Francisco, Sat. 12-3pm as the host of EN CLAVE, playing, Afro, Latin, AfroLatin and Caribbean Salsa.
He can be heard at KPFA 94.1fm Berkeley, Wednesday’s. 11am-12noon Music of the World (International, Eclectic & Contemporary Grooves) & Saturday’s 7-9pm on Ritmo de Las Americas (Music of Latin America and beyond).
José also has ongoing residencies at Comal in Downtown Berkeley on Thursdays (eclectic lounge mix) , at Seahorse in Sausalito on Sundays evenings with live Salsa bands and the
first Friday of every month at La Peña Cultural Center “SABOR” Son, Timba, Salsa y mas… in Berkeley