JAB THE ZORRO PREMIERES ‘BOLIVAR’ SINGLE AND SHINES A SPOTLIGHT ON HIS PAST AS A STRIPPER IN NYC

Emerging Urbano Latino artist JAB the ZORRO hailing from New York City just released his co-produced hip-hop, Latin-infused single Bolívar.

Creating his own unique lane in sound and visuals on what it means to be a male Latin artist, the record is a glimpse into his story as a stripper in his hometown. Confidently owning his past, he delivers with swag and sexiness the measures it took to put himself through college. Knocking taboos and dated mentalities away, JAB, “Wants the audience to feel empowered like nothing can stop them,” by the end of the listen.

Photography by Jan Rattia

Bolívar was self-produced by JAB the ZORRO alongside Alx Stefano and Eithan Jacome. The track was mixed by Steve “Rock Star” Dickey who’s worked with Machine Gun Kelly, YBN and French Montana. Mastering was done by 2020 Grammy Award-nominee Michael Tucci who worked on Chris Brown & Young Thug’s Go Crazy as well as other artists like Dre and Lil Mosey. The vocal production was helmed by Grammy Award nominated Christopher “Cannon” Mapp who’s worked with Usher, Diddy and Melanie Fiona.

For Latin American recording artist and actor JAB the ZORRO, Latin music is worldwide music. Fluent in both English and Spanish, he combines the sounds of various genres from across the globe – including hip-hop, rock, house, and R&B – to give his songs a distinctively international feeling. As the popularity of Spanish-language music continues to rise abroad, JAB aims to push the culture forward and shine a positive light on the Latino community.

Photography by Jan Rattia

JAB’s debut single Dale “is a first step for me so I wanted something high energy, confident and with a great beat.” The lyric video currently has 247,000 views on YouTube and was mastered by Blossom Records in Los Angeles and was placed on Shazam’s “Best New Music” playlist on Apple Music the week of its release.

His second single  “Impulso” is a vibrant, highly energetic reggaeton record inspired by his favorite artists Daddy Yankee, J Balvin, Bad Bunny and Tainy. The theme of the single is “about just having fun but not falling in love. Seizing the moment and moving on instinct, on impulse.” The track currently has 66,000 streams on Spotify and was mastered and engineered by Latin GRAMMY Award-winner Camilo Silva.

John Anthony Bonilla aka JAB THE ZORRO born in Queens, New York to a Colombian father and an Ecuadorian mother, ZORRO was home schooled for much of his childhood. During those years, he felt a close personal connection to music – no matter what he was going through, he could put on his headphones and move to a whole different wavelength. It wasn’t long before he decided to try creating music himself.

A few years later ZORRO attended Queen’s College, where he majored with a bachelor’s in Graphic Design. It was only after working as an actor that he could properly channel his creativity, giving him the push he needed to start recording and releasing music.JAB is now the Latin Music Editor for Contrast Magazine and has interviewed Tainy, Nicky Jam, Natti Natasha, C. Tangana, Justin Quiles, Rauw Alejandro, Wisin & Yandel and more.

ZORRO’s tracks have a cinematic quality to them; his background as an actor and dancer helps him exude confidence on the microphone. Unlike many others in the Urban Latin genre, he puts an emphasis on creating great overall performances – he sings, dances, and puts on a show for his listeners every time.

Editor-in-Chief, Contrast.