Quique Escamilla was born and raised in the tropical southern lands of the state of Chiapas, Mexico. As a teenager of humble origins, he began playing music and forming bands with half-broken Mariachi guitars. Around the same time and region, the early chapters and politically heated days of the indigenous movement, EZLN, unfolded. Tangible social disparity and political tension in the region had a major impact and an influence on Quique's music and perspective of life.
Carrying a message and his need to become an outspoken artist was the most natural path for him to follow. Today, he tours internationally across North America and Europe with his culturally diverse band based in Toronto.
Quique is out to break down language barriers through his powerful voice and passionate delivery. His 2019 full-length album release, Encomienda, represents Quique’s "mestizaje of the Music of the Americas" and an instrument to tell stories from around the world and amplify the voices of the oppressed, the forgotten and the marginalized.
Quique is a singer-songwriter, producer and a JUNO Award Winner for World Music Album the Year. He is also a Canadian Folk Music Award Winner for Best World Solo Artist of the Year.
"He's a unique talent who hold to the traditions of heavyweights like Bob Marley and Manu Chao. Quique's really one to watch!" —Garvia Bailey, CBC Radio Canada
"Quique represents a modern version of a Pan-American troubadour fusing his traditional Mexican styles such as ranchera and huapango with rock, reggae, blues; done in an unassuming way and built upon solid musicianship...A very promising artist!" —Marc Fournier, SONGLINES Magazine, UK