Wae Fonkey: A Native American DJ that’s changing the game

The art of the DJ. It’s just one of the four elements of hip-hop, and a man from New Mexico knows it all too well. “I love how hip-hop DJs combined every type of musical form out there,” Anthony Fragua said.You may also know him as Wae Fonkey. A Native American artist from the Jemez Pueblo.He’s changing the game, one beat at a time. It’s all thanks to his love of music and the culture he grew up in. “I feel like it’s just part of our culture,” Fragua said. “As Native people, we’re always embracing art, dance, and music.” Coming Together: Project CommUNITYEspecially with the help of his dad, who learned about the world of hip-hop in the early 1980s. A time when the genre was at its prime.”A lot of it is funk, like Gap Band and Prince. So he’s always shared that with me. And then, during the early nineties when a lot of like West Coast rappers were sampling, I heard Zap and Roger, the Gap Band, and all that,” Fragua said.Action 7 News On The Go: Download our app for freeThe records inside his home were just some included in his endless collection. And they’re placed right by his self-made studio. Where all the magic really happens. He practices at least four hours a day, four days a week. The time includes turning tables and mixing beats. The DJ also stays busy performing. From streaming on Twitch to playing at a local radio station. Follow us on social: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTubeNot to mention those live sets. He often performs throughout downtown Albuquerque, like Red Door Brewing and Boese Brothers Brewing. But that’s not all.”I’ve been taking a lot of private events, so I do more weddings and special birthday events,” Fragua said. Like KOAT’s own, Royale Da. She hired him as her wedding DJ in 2015. “It’s always fun trying to find what songs might like. What songs will move them?” Fragua said.As for what’s next? He’s hoping to get his name out there. While also inspiring others in whatever they do.After all, everyone could use a little more funk in their lives.”I just want them to try their best. Their passion can just be anything,” Fragua said. “There’s always going to be bumps, but as long as you do your best and always set your goals to the highest, you always come out on top.”To listen to his latest mixes or to follow his up-to-date schedule, follow DJ Wae Fonkey on Instagram and Facebook.

The art of the DJ.

It’s just one of the four elements of hip-hop, and a man from New Mexico knows it all too well.

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“I love how hip-hop DJs combined every type of musical form out there,” Anthony Fragua said.

You may also know him as Wae Fonkey. A Native American artist from the Jemez Pueblo.

native-american dj changing the game in music, diversity

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Pictured: DJ Wae Fonkey turning tables at his home studio

He’s changing the game, one beat at a time.

It’s all thanks to his love of music and the culture he grew up in.

“I feel like it’s just part of our culture,” Fragua said. “As Native people, we’re always embracing art, dance, and music.”

Coming Together: Project CommUNITY

Especially with the help of his dad, who learned about the world of hip-hop in the early 1980s.

A time when the genre was at its prime.

“A lot of it is funk, like Gap Band and Prince. So he’s always shared that with me. And then, during the early nineties when a lot of like West Coast rappers were sampling, I heard Zap and Roger, the Gap Band, and all that,” Fragua said.

Action 7 News On The Go: Download our app for free

The records inside his home were just some included in his endless collection.

And they’re placed right by his self-made studio. Where all the magic really happens.

He practices at least four hours a day, four days a week. The time includes turning tables and mixing beats.

native-american dj changing the game in music, diversity

Hearst Owned

Pictured: DJ Wae Fonkey mixing beats at his home studio.

The DJ also stays busy performing.

From streaming on Twitch to playing at a local radio station.

Follow us on social: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

Not to mention those live sets. He often performs throughout downtown Albuquerque, like Red Door Brewing and Boese Brothers Brewing.

But that’s not all.

“I’ve been taking a lot of private events, so I do more weddings and special birthday events,” Fragua said.

Like KOAT’s own, Royale Da. She hired him as her wedding DJ in 2015.

native-american dj changing the game in music, diversity

Hearst Owned

Pictured: DJ Wae Fonkey going through freestyles at his home studio.

“It’s always fun trying to find what songs [crowds] might like. What songs will move them?” Fragua said.

As for what’s next? He’s hoping to get his name out there. While also inspiring others in whatever they do.

After all, everyone could use a little more funk in their lives.

“I just want them to try their best. Their passion can just be anything,” Fragua said. “There’s always going to be bumps, but as long as you do your best and always set your goals to the highest, you always come out on top.”

To listen to his latest mixes or to follow his up-to-date schedule, follow DJ Wae Fonkey on Instagram and Facebook.

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