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Gego y Nony come from a musical family, with percussionists performing in Puerto Rico and a grandmother – “the backbone of the family” – who has always filled her loving home with music and dancing. Today the artists are a triple threat in the music world, writing their own music with the skills to sing and rap, too.
Gego was born in Puerto Rico with conjoined fingers. A medical procedure brought him to Cream City, where his family now calls home and his brother was born. The two spent most of their childhood living on the South Side, but moved to the East Side in middle school, where they’ve stayed since.
“We’ve got that East Side grit, and then that South Side music in us,” Nony says. Gego adds, “It’s a good mixture.”
It was in those middle school years that they fell in love with reggaetón music, a genre that originated in Puerto Rico and blends reggae, hip-hop, dancehall, Bomba and Plena influences. They loved it for its strong lyricism. Nony says the album Masterpiece by R.K.M y Ken-Y inspired a “new wave” of music for them.
“We went to the East Side, and they weren’t really listening to this type of music, so I feel like we brought that little reggaetón and that Puerto Rican flow to the schools we were going to,” Gego says.
Hear the full story of this pair of these musical brothers in the mini documentary above. Also see them perform “Reloj,” “Frontea” and more from their 2021 album Tiempo, which won album of the year at the Radio Milwaukee Music Awards.