Sol and The Tribu is a group of Cuban musicians who blend traditional Caribbean music and modern technology with a Miami twist. As ambassadors of the New Miami Sound, they pride themselves on what makes Miami “The Magic City,” with its blend of Caribbean influences and American swamp funk.
Sol and The Tribu — “tribu” means tribe — has seven members, but more than 20 musicians and creatives form the Tribu Collective. Together, they curate and produce original material that represents the 305 and its cultural diversity.
The band is led by Sol Ruiz, a Grammy-nominated international recording artist and multi-instrumentalist. Hailing from Miami, Ruiz sings and writes in her native tongue, Spanglish, and has toured in Europe, Canada and the Caribbean. Ruiz was a featured performer in an indie opera developed and produced by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Beth Morrison Projects.
The band’s most recent EP, Positive Vibration Nation, released in fall 2020, was created during the coronavirus pandemic. Conceptually, it encourages positive thinking and is an uplifting portrait of the band in times of uncertainty. Sol and The Tribu was a recipient of the Arsht Center’s Heart of Art commissioning award for their “Corona Conga Online” video in 2020.
Although the band goes by another name you can find their early music and history with other titles. Sol, has been releasing music as a solo artist under the stage name Sol Ruiz since 2002. Signed to EMI at the time, she released two albums, Reasonable Diva and Outlander. On tour through Europe in 2009 she met Rey and together they formed a band named Picadilo. Signed with Warner Chappel, Picadillo released 2 albums, Las Cosas de la Vida and Manicomio.
Sol moved to Europe to pursue her musical career, living in Italy and Spain. Touring throughout Europe with the two bands from 2009 to 2017. In 2016, Rey and Sol moved to Miami, Sol’s hometown to pursue a new sound. In 2018, the band joined together and created Sol and The Tribu. Now, under their independent label, La Barbara Records, they have released two albums and are working on a musical.