Carolina Fuentes, a.k.a Mila Tina, is an international performance, visual, and interdisciplinary artist, drummer, percussionist, producer, and educator based in New York.
Through her innovative mix of drums, percussion, dance, martial arts, and visual design, Mila Tina captivates and challenges her audience with thought-provoking performances and spiritually enlightening education material. Based in New York City, she puts on multi-sensory performances, hosts in-person and online workshops, and is in constant demand as a professional percussionist around the globe. With her commitment to social progress and personal betterment, she is dedicated to using her voice to further the causes she believes in.
Of her many productions, highlights include “The Heroine’s Journey: The Woman’s Quest For Wholeness,” a high-energy, empowering live solo drums and dance performance, as well as “Drumanawé,” drum and brain-based workshop and programs for adults, children, women, seniors, and LGBTQ+ that builds self-confidence and brain power through rhythm, movement, fun neuroplasticity exercises, and empowering language.
Mila serves as drummer for several music projects in NY, where she plays the traditional drum set as well as an array of hand percussion instruments. She has regularly jammed with members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, as well as members of Paul Simon’s famed rhythm section.
In addition to her work as a musician and educator, Mila is a devout women’s rights advocate, environmentalist, and voice for immigrant rights. Through her one-of-a-kind art, she seeks to bring her message of tolerance and self-love to a global audience.
“… [Mila Tina] is a drumming powerhouse, using her solo performance to incorporate her unique brand of drumming, vocals, dance and video to tell a story of empowerment for women worldwide… ”
“Working with Mila Tina on stage was amazing! I am a Dj from Texas and I can tell you that I’ve never seen anyone motivate the crowd the way she does. Never having performed together in the past and feeding off each other’s energy, it was MAGIC. I had a blast performing with Mila Tina and the crowd LOVED IT! Mila Tina is Universal, but put two Musically Professional Latinas together and it’s amazing what can be done!”
Blanca Granados, DJ Blanca G Organizer of West Texas Ladies Beach Party
“Mila Tina is something special. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a woman on drums like that. Sheila E. would be proud…”
Ty Leeks Editor, Vocab Entertainment
“Mila Tina is very professional, energetic and the audience loved her! What was special about Mila Tina is the obvious enjoyment she has in performing. The crowd loved it and wanted to hear more! I absolutely recommend Mila
Tina, she offers a very unique and original musical performance.”
Director of advocacy of The Retreat
“Mila Tina is a joy to play with, and she performs as great as she looks. Every gig I play with her I always get comments on what great stage presence and energy she has, and the smile is never off her face. Her percussion skills really add something extra to my acoustic set and having her onboard is a real asset”.
Tom Wardle Singer-Songwriter
“Carolina Fuentes, the power and beauty behind Mila Tina, is a survivor of sexual assault. Carolina’s use of music, movement and raw rhythm transforms pain into pure joy and a life force of epic proportions.”
Minerva Perez., Executive director, OLA of Eastern Long Island
“Mila Tina is very professional and pleasant to work with. She is an absolute trend setter. The crowd was completely intrigued and my guests still to this day talk about her performance.”
Founder of Fashion 4 Purpose
I have known Carolina for years and have been amazed at what an incredible drummer she is and how she uses that gift to inspire others. Her energy easily translates to work with kids and it has been an honor having her Drumawané workshop come to my camps and private programs. Part percussion workshop, part exploration of self-love, but always all fun, everyone who participates seems to lose themselves in the energy of the workshop.
I can’t wait to have her back again and again.
Founder & Director, Shine