2018 Countdown | Lakecia Benjamin

Fearless and proud, Lakecia Benjamin grew up in the predominantly Dominican neighborhood of Washington Heights in New York City. Though she grew up hearing and playing Merengue and Bachata, she found her way to La Guardia High School and The New School, learning the Jazz greats and developing her style. After years of playing with a range of greats - Clark Terry, Santigold, DJ Premier, Gregory Porter to name but a few - she brought us her new album RISE UP in early 2019. A positive but honest statement on life, Rise UP confronts issues of the day but leaves plenty of room for dance, as Lakecia presents a model of fierce but positive energy. Hers is a story of triumph and persistence; dig in right here.