Ayana Contreras

Shows - Soulful Strut | Saturday 2pm

Ayana Contreras is Rocky Mountain Public Media’s Assistant General Manager of Radio and Program Director at The DROP 104.7.  As a professional DJ, Ayana has shared the stage with a wide variety of artists, from Roy Ayers to Nile Edwards & Chic to Gang of Four. Ayana is also a columnist for DownBeat magazine, and her writings have been published in the New York Times, Chicago Review, Oxford American and Bandcamp Daily among other publications. Her book on Post-Civil Rights Era cultural history, titled Energy Never Dies: Afro-Optimism and Creativity in Chicago, was published December 2021 through University of Illinois Press.

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