Like Buena Vista Social Club…

Only with an AfroLatino-tinged indie rock twist…

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Kansas City’s Making Movies joins Mark Lowrey & Hermon Mehari as they become Making Movies Social Club for the night.

“We play old traditional Latino music from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Peru, Panama, and Mexico, and revamp some of our stuff in the acoustic format,” says lead singer, Enrique Chi. “We are going to make a record. It should be fun.”

Saturday, May 11, at the Kill Devil Club in Kansas City. Doors at 7 p.m.
$10, 21+

This event will sell out, so grab your tickets here.

Los Rakas Drop Brand New Video “No Tan Listo” on MTV HIVE

Upcoming Summer Album, Double-Disc “El Negrito Dun Dun & Ricardo,” Coming Later This Summer

532689_531151136924188_322647019_nKickoff National Tour With Internationally Renowned Reggae Band – SOJA – in San Diego on Wednesday, April 24. Confirmed To Perform With Tego Calderon at Summerstage in July During the Latin Alternative Music Conference. Win Puma’s “Blank CanvasProject, Raka Logo On Major Brand SneakerMake A Cameo In Macklemore’s “Can’t Hold Us” Video!
Watch “No Tan Listo”: http://mtvhv.com/11i5Lbb

“Already known as mixtapes wizards before they started recording their own songs, Los Rakas concocts a bilingual gumbo from the Caribbean musical diaspora of Jamaican dancehall, reggaeton and reggae, stiffened with straight shots of hip-hop and R&B.” – LA Times

“The illusion of effortlessness is part of what makes them so cool, and they generate inspiring mega-wattage the way most people barely wake up.  There was no need for the comic aggression, transparently defensive displays of wealth, or an authenticity that sounds a lot like sociopathy.  They perform from a meaningful place and make it look good.  Los Rakas is skill, just skill on a pocket of sunshine.” – Pop Matters


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24th, 2013: Coming out strong in advance of their two-disc summer album “El Negrito Dun Dun & Ricardo,” the first video off Raka Dun’s (“El Negrito Dun Dun”) side of the project, “No Tan Listo” drops on the eve of a nationwide tour with internationally renowned reggae group SOJA (dates here).  The album will be released on Los Rakas’ label, Soy Raka.

Standing strong like a lion,” Raka Dun (pronounced “Doon”) calls out to a world that “ain’t ready” for the duo’s fresh take on hip-hop, dancehall, pop and experimental music in both English and Spanish. The video features Los Rakas in their native Oakland, California with Raka Dun – alongside Raka Rich and the Raka family – giving us raw Raka lyricism, ushering a new era of American rap and introducing the #SoyRaka movement worldwide!

Los Rakas have been busy since their homegrown label Soy Raka released “Chancletas y Camisetas Bordada” hitting #1 on iTunes Reggaeton/Latin Hip-Hop chart in 2011. The Los Rakas logo – Raka Smiley – is now on a special-edition Puma sneaker available at West Coast chain “Shoe Palace.” The brand collaborated with Modelo Especial and Complex Magazine for a fan-driven contest called the “Blank Canvas Project.” Up & coming artists (including Joel Ortiz) designed special edition Puma’s and fans voted on their favorite designs, with Los Rakas winning the competition due to overwhelming fan support.

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Raka Puma: Available at Shoe Palace!

 

Besides being the first independent group to have their group logo on a major brand sneaker, the group has continued to put out a healthy dose of singles & videos to their rapidly growing network of international fans – called the “Raka Nation” – while building notoriety for their wildly energetic live shows. Making their Mexico debut in 2011 at Festival NRML and consequently at 2012’s Corona Capital Festival in Mexico City, Los Rakas have been expanding their movement to South America. The group has also played on national tours like Collie Buddz’s “Dark & Stormy Tour” in Fall 2012, while debut headlining in cities like Miami, Austin, DC, Boston and continuing to sell-out shows in Los Angeles and their native Bay Area.

Watch a Clip of Los Rakas Sold-Out Show @ SF Independent: http://youtu.be/mS7GzPE_Z28

The group’s most recent video, the “sexy and blunted” (Village Voice) “Bien Ribetiao,” garnered homepage placement on VEVO in Summer 2012. The song was off Raka Rich’s mixtape “El Flow Californiano: Mixtape Vol. 1.” Rich told AOL Spinner: “The style has never been done in Spanish, so we wanted to do it really well and visually have it rep all our styles being born in Panama and raised in The Bay.”  A few months later, SPIN Magazine premiered the “evocative and immediate” collaboration with Caribbean clothing line RepJA – “Hablemos Del Amor” – a call to peace and ode to the young lives lost too soon like Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, Panamanian artist El Kid and others.  Los Rakas cam be seen making a cameo in just released video “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, shot on a pirate ship in the Bay Area – the video premiered on MTV last week.

Los Rakas music has been featured recently in two episodes of FX’s ‘Sons of Anarchy‘ and HBO Latino’s ‘Sr. Ávila, 1ª Temporada.’

With “El Negrito Dun Dun & Ricardo,” the group presents a cohesive album in two discs exploring the sounds and textures of their bi-cultural twist on the globally urban Raka-sound. During a recent interview with MTV Iggy, when asked about the album’s was two discs, Raka Dun explained, “It was organic, we didn’t really plan it like that. We were each working on releasing solo projects. So we sat down and were like, ‘Let’s just release them at the same time.’‘” 

On what to expect from the release, Raka Rich continued, “Dun’s side of the album is like a documentary. It’s a little more personal. The sound of the album is like dancehall reggae with hip-hop, experimental, with a little bit of jazz and soul. My side is called ‘Ricardo’ – it’s more about partying and nightlife. The sound of the CD is like Michael Jackson, ‘90s, uptempo music, feel-good stuff.”

To kick off the release of brand new music, Los Rakas will tour with SOJA across the US beginning in San Diego on Wednesday, April, 24th, traveling up through California to the Pacific Northwest. The tour continues midwest towards Chicago, with a pit-stops in Miami for the Latin Billboards and Austin for the Pachanga Latino Music Festival alongside Latin American greats like Intocable and the young electronic group out of Mexico, 3BallMTY – then back up to New York to play Webster Hall and ending in Boston on May 19th. This summer, the group will return to the Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) where they won the “Discovery Artist” prize in 2010 – taking the stage at NYC’s most famous outdoor stage, Summerstage – alongside Tego Calderon.


TOUR DATES: www.losrakas.com/events

San Diego, Ca – Wed, April 24th – House of Blues – http://bit.ly/15nn688

Los Angeles, Ca – Fri, April 26th – Club Nokia – http://bit.ly/XlKBw2

San Francisco, Ca – Sat, April 27th – Warfield Theatre – http://bit.ly/17yL8cX

Eugene, OR – Sun, April 28th – McDonald Theater – http://bit.ly/10oF897

Seattle, WA – Tues, April 30th – Showbox SODO – http://bit.ly/ZahI4K

Boise, ID – Wed, May 1st – Knitting Factory Concert House –  http://tktwb.tw/15pE0Tn

Salt Lake City, UT – Thurs, May 2nd – The Depot – http://bit.ly/10oFsoo

Fort Collins, CO – Fri, May 3rd – Hodi’s Halfnote – http://bit.ly/Z7Csem

Denver, CO – Sat, May 4th – Ogden Theatre – http://bit.ly/ZairD3

Omaha, NE – Tues, May 7th -The Waiting Room Lounge – http://bit.ly/13n85z8

Minneapolis, MN – Wed, May 8th – First Avenue – http://bit.ly/179lA7Q

Madison, WI – Thurs, May 9th – Capitol Theater – http://bit.ly/XdjBLZ

Chicago, IL – Fri, May 10th – House of Blues Chicago – http://bit.ly/ZEX0FF

Austin, TX – Sat, May 11th – Pachanga Latino Music Festival – http://bit.ly/ZjZF9c

New York, NY – Fri, May 17th – Webster Hall – http://bit.ly/YAL9Jo

Philadelphia, PA – Sat, May 18th – Electric Factory – http://bit.ly/ZyGhrz

Boston, MA – Sun, May 19th – House of Blues – http://bit.ly/WNMFcd

Petaluma, CA – Fri, May 31st – Mystic Theatre – http://ticketf.ly/105bjDj

New York City, NY – Wed, July 10th – Summerstage (LAMC) – http://bit.ly/11wfo7P

For more information about Los Rakas: Nati@LosRakas.com
To book Los Rakas: Thomas@IneffableMusic.com 

 

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ABOUT LOS RAKAS:
Los Rakas is comprised of cousins Raka Rich & Raka Dun, pioneering Panamanians by way of the Bay Area on the frontier of a new Latin urban sound.  Known for their fresh mix of Hip-Hop, Plena, Reggae and Dancehall music with both Spanish and English lyricism, Los Rakas represent the cutting edge of Pan-American flows. Taking their name from the Panamanian word “Rakataka” – a negative slur used to describe someone from the ghetto – Los Rakas have set out to both inspire fellow “Rakas” by empowering them, and to become successful despite their circumstances, turning the current Latin hip-hop world on its head. Los Rakas make music born of migration and tradition, critique and celebration, joy and pain. They make New World music. American music. Panamanian Jamaican Californian music. Music for b-boys and rude girls, dancers and romancers, mainlanders and islanders and isthmus folk alike, which continues to bubble one “Raka” at a time.

Latino Rebels launches foundation

Screen shot 2013-04-12 at 11.01.57 PMOur good friends at the must-read website, Latino Rebels, have launched a foundation.

Per the Latino Rebels Foundation website, it’s vision is “to live in a country where Latinos are admired as patriotic, hard-working and productive American citizens.”

And its mission is to “positively impact the perceptions of Latinos, to defend the community against negative stereotypes and Latino bigotry, and to substantially increase Latino representation in the media and entertainment sectors by building a pipeline of highly talented and socially conscious Latinos.”

That’s something I can get behind for sure. Help the cause by volunteering or contributing here. ** UPDATE: See comment below for information about the scholarships Latino Rebels has in mind for undergraduate and graduate students! 

#Immigration rally in D.C. today

In honor of the tens of thousands of people who continue to arrive in the nation’s capital for a rally on immigrant rights today, watch the video for “Tormenta,” a song dedicated to immigrant families by Kansas City bilingual rockers, Making Movies.

The song and music video, released in 2010, shows touching images of immigrant life in Kansas City, a metropolitan area whose immigrant population doubled in the 1990s and continues to grow.

The song’s lyrics display the struggle immigrants face as they migrate to the United States for better opportunity, yet the same time, long for loved ones at home (see lyrics below.)

Making Movies continues the “A La Deriva” tour this week with stops in Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston. Dates here.

Lyrics:

Tormenta by Making Movies

Yo quiero ver mi familia esta Navidad,
Y quiero hablar con mi abuelo, oír la verdad.
Porque el frio me atormenta,
El frio me atormenta,
El frio me atormenta,
El frio me atormenta.

Yo quiero ver mi país esta Navidad,
Y quiero bailar en mi pueblo otra vez más,
Porque el frio me atormenta,
El frio me atormenta,
El frio me atormenta,
El frio me atormenta.

Coro:
¡No quiero estar perdido!
¡No quiero estar perdido!
¡No quiero estar perdido!
¡No quiero estar perdido!

Yo quiero comer de tu boca la mera verdad.
Porque el frio me atormenta,
El frio me atormenta,
El frio me atormenta,
El frio me atormenta.

Coro:
¡No quiero estar perdido!
¡No quiero estar perdido!
¡No quiero estar perdido!
¡No quiero estar perdido!

Yo quiero saber que va pasar contigo,
¡Déjame saber si voy a estar perdido!
¡Yo quiero crecer, cambiar este sonido!
El frio me atormenta,
El frio me atormenta.

Young Movement: Helping young people understand today’s economy

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One of the best things about working at a Jesuit university is that you’re often inspired by students who take the foundational element of Jesuit education, “Men and Women for Others,” and run with it.
Case in point: Michael Partis, a young man I wrote about who graduated from Fordham in 2008.
Partis is now a doctoral student, and through his work, he is doing something for the next generation.
Young Movement, Inc. is a nonprofit organization he has worked on building and developing for the past two years.
In conjunction with CUNY Hostos Community College’s Black Male Initiative, Young Movement will launch the one-day F.E.E.L Program at Hostos Community College, in the Savoy Building, Multi-Purpose Room.
“The one-day program is geared to help youth and young adults not only understand today’s economy, but also to succeed and transform it,” Partis says.
Workshop topics will include:
  • financial literacy
  • wealth-building
  • community leadership

Representatives from TD Bank and American Express, along with minority entrepreneurs and business-owners, will be in attendance.

Throughout the day, guest speakers will discuss topics such as social entrepreneurship, “turning classroom learning into a career,” and how local neighborhoods can accelerate local economic development.

Partis urges all youth, young adults, and area institutions and agencies, to attend.

Admission is free.

The first 100 people to RSVP and attend will receive a free book. Breakfast and lunch will also be served. RSVP HERE: http://spring2013feelprogram.eventbrite.com
Click here to learn more about how Employment ReadinessPersonal Finance, and Higher Education fits into Young Movement’s vision for economic empowerment and community development.

For more information, contact: michael@youngmovement.org

Follow Young Movement, Inc., on Twitter: @Young_Movement