As a child, Divo was a gifted and creative artist with the ability to pick up a pencil and draw with striking accuracy. He was a fast learner with an inquisitive mind that constantly wondered how the world worked. To this day, nothing has changed. Divo has transformed himself into a multi-talented hip hop artist with four album releases including collaborations with Canada’s top rappers. He is also a motivated entrepreneur with an innate drive for success which has propelled his design firm, Artesano Studio, to become the creative agency of choice for some of Canada’s leading musicians. Most recently, Divo’s passion for the arts has compelled him to experiment with video production and photography.
His latest project, ”Transatlantic Soul,” is a collaboration with award-winning French producer, GMJ. The result is a cohesive fusion of head-nodding, soul-sampled beats intertwined with introspective and witty lyrics. The album won East Coast Rap Album of the Year at the 2016 Canadian Urban Television Awards.
Looking back, the Guatemala-born rapper released his debut album entitled, “Sparks of Friction” in 2000. Divo’s lyrical and musical skills developed over the next two years, leading to his 2003 sophomore release, “The Evolution Theory” including collaborations with Classified and Dan-e-o. His third album, “This iz Business,” released independently through Urbnet Records, showcased Divo’s refined vocal delivery and eloquently displayed his maturity and creativity as an artist.
Over the course of his 15-year career, Divo has achieved many milestones and collaborated with some of Canada’s most talented emcees including Classified, Dan-e-o, D-Sisive, D.O., DL Incognito, Eternia, Tara Chase, Bishop Brigante, Brassmunk and others. Apart from Divo & GMJ’s album, “Transatlantic Soul” winning East Coast Rap Album of the Year at the 2016 CUT Awards, their “Angels Fly Remix” was featured on Bring Ya Eh Game’s “Eh List Vol. 4” compilation which reached #5 on the Earshot national campus radio hip hop charts in 2016. “Gotta Vibe,” Divo’s second single from the “Transatlantic Soul” album, was featured in the 2015 Pan Am Games Pan Am Path music compilation. In addition, “Perseverance,” the first single from his recent album, was added to rotation on MTV Latin America. He also performed live at the first ever TDOT Fest in Toronto alongside powerhouse artists like Fito Blanko and Karl Wolf. Other achievements over the years include starring in a Much Vibe commercial as well as opening up for other Canadian talent such as Classified, Solitair, Ghetto Concept and Choclair. Divo’s music was featured in the indie film, Diamondz N’ Da Ruff and his song “Crash” (feat. Tara Chase & Eternia) appeared in the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) “Arrive Alive” DVD shown in high schools across Canada to help curb impaired driving among youth.
As a multi-faceted artist, Divo exemplifies hard work and creative flair, but above all, he possesses a passion for hip hop culture at its core.