futuristica latinoamerica | ZZK Records
07/30/2010, 1:28 am
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I was lucky enough to work w/ ZZK in a small way during my last gig and even caught a ZZK night in Buenos Aires in 2008.  I remember Fauna was gracious w the greenery, Chancha via Circuito blew my mind and the music put me into a tropical trance.  Non stop dance party.  And yet, I was by myself (pretty much), connected through movement, visuals, folklore, lazers of light, electronic madness, weird glitches, flutes, fuzz and rhythm.  I was literally transformed, thinking back on it now.

I love what ZZK is about and how grassroots they are {and continue to grow off sheer hustle, it’s inspiring!}: ‘musica futurista, latinoamericano’ as El G mentions.

Personally, if I had to choose one, I’d say Tremor is my favorite.  It’s amazing insomniac music – meaning, it keeps me up even more than I should be when I would much more benefit from sleeping {…cuz sleep is the cousin of death}…and it has a dark reflective, emotional-nature to it that I like, more folkloric:

“It might be easy to pass off Tremor’s sound as “cumbia digital,” but after one listen to his style and influence of native instruments and folklore – you will quickly realize he’s forging his own sub-genre – “digital folklorico.”

Tremor live.

Check out the ZZK TV project on Kickstarter; if you have the means and dig the idea, donate!  Read up about ZZK here.

P. Dryddy just posted this piece from La Blogotheque which I quite enjoyed.  Besides the visuals and amazing stories shared, it reminds me of the major mate #fail I experienced in BA my first trip there {yes, I mixed my sugar in with the herbs…sue me!}  Anyway, take a look:

ZZK Records – A Take Away Show – #108 from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.

FOTO POST: Fierce amazingly talented women
07/28/2010, 8:39 pm
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SOBs | July 27, 2010

Macha Colon, MIMA, Li Saumet

foto post: pretty philly
07/22/2010, 10:24 am
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Philly has some amazing murals, including this one I caught on my way in.

Lovely day.

Meet Lali!
07/19/2010, 3:40 pm
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Lali’s going to be working with me this summer on conrazón projects…we met in a recording studio in the Bronx randomly {but I believe purposely} and completely clicked.  I’m so happy to have her on my team – we have a lot to learn from each other {plus having her around reminds me about being 20 again, jaja!}.  You can always hit her up at

1) Where’d you get the name Lali?
Lali is the term of endearment that my parents have given me. As soon as I hear them calling me Lauri, I know I did something wrong.

2) Last concert you went to?
The last and first concert I went to was 7/17/10 at Summer Stage.  Raphael Saadiq performed. He was incredible and full of energy. I  really felt the passion that Raphael put into his performance.  Before this concert, I had not heard any of Raphael’s music. After the concert, I became a fan.

3) Why music?
Music because it has the power to bring people together, the power to change moods, and the power to make any moment better. When I listen to music, I can feel every emotion the artist put into their song. It amazes me how there are so many different components used to make a song and when it’s put all together, it’s like a beautiful baby was born that lives on through it’s listeners.

4) Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Harlem, NY. My parents are both from the Dominican Republic. Being from harlem is the influence for my love of hip-hop. Being from the Dominican Republic is the influence for my love of Bachata and Merengue. Being that im from two very different cultures, i have the capacity to love all kinds of music.

5)  What does conrazon mean to you?
ConRazon to me is the catalyst for my future in the music industry.

Bomba Estéreo live at Colorado College
07/17/2010, 10:45 am
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This is amazing!  Footage from the band’s show in Colorado last month.  Keep up with the band and their tour adventures here.

extra extra, read all about it!
07/15/2010, 8:11 pm
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Sharing my little update email I send out to friends so you know what I’ve been working on:

Los Rakas crushed NYC last week during LAMC, winning the Discovery Prize award from LAMC/Jack Daniel’s and some cool stuff from SHURE, Gibson and more!  When the guys weren’t doing press or playing shows {they played Que Bajo @ Santos Party House, LAMC @ Bowery Ballroom w/ a full band, Piano’s w/ Anita Tijoux and headlined a late-night HOT party at SOB’s w/ Zuzuka Poderosa & Uproot Andy), they had time to record new music in the Bronx studio, The Zoo AND shoot a video in 4 boro’s for their song “Kalle” w/ young director, Craig Nisperos. PEEP THE TEASER:  Check out what the NYTimes had to say about the group:

“Though Latin alternative music has plenty of party songs, they usually arrived alongside more serious messages, set to dancehall reggae and funk by Los Rakas, a group from Panama relocated to Oakland, Calif.; both performed at the Bowery Ballroom on Thursday night.”

KCRW’s Raul Campos presents Los Rakas the ‘Discovery Artist’ prize @ the LAMC Bowery Ballroom Showcase!

Blitz the Ambassador rocked Celebrate Brooklyn this past Sunday with The Roots & Talib Kweli for the OkayAfrica World Cup Celebration.  It was packed w/ 12,000+ beautiful people on a hot & humid Brooklyn summer day!  MTV World was in the house to interview Blitz {will share soon}, but check out what the Huffington Post had to say: “The djembé-playing artist rocked the stage. And while his set was short,he lived up to his name as an ambassador, introducing the audience to his intoxicating, world-wise hop-hop.” | Don’t miss Blitz opening for Public Enemy at NYC’s Summerstage on August 15th!

Blitz rocks the at-capacity crowd at Celebrate Brooklyn on 7/11/10.

Bomba Estereo just got back from China where they played the Shanghai Expo 2010 and are now in London playing w/ Ceu tonight + this Sunday at the Shoreditch Festival.  After their amazing trip last month to Bonnaroo, the group arrives this Wednesday to play their SUMMER USA tour where they hit Philly, NYC, SF, LA, Chicago, DC, Boston, and even Raleigh, North Carolina.  All dates & details here.  The band was also selected to participate in a special Fania Records remix project with the FADER – more info coming.

I’m also doing some work with the very important campaign led by Rage Against the Machine‘s Zach de la Rocha, The Sound Strike, an effort to mobilize artists (300+ have signed on already to boycott playing Arizona) around what’s going on in with SB 1070.

…and finally, the very talented MIMA will be coming to the USA next week from Puerto Rico to play 2 shows w/ Macha y Los Okapi.  July 25th at Public Assembly and July 27th opening up for Bomba Estereo at SOB’s.  Check the info below.  If you don’t know, get to know

MIMA concocting magic in Puerto Rico.  Photo by Alicia Kidd.

cual e’ la que…con Los Rakas, the soul hermanos (well, primos)
07/10/2010, 3:53 pm
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So this week was spent running around NYC w/ Oakland-based by way of Panama phenoms and comedians {i came to get to realize more}, Los Rakas.   They won the LAMC {Latin Alternative Music Conference} ‘Discovery Award’ prize (Gibson, Shure, Blank CD prizes – yay!) and have been rocking all over town painting the town RAKASantos Party House, Bowery Ballroom {w/ a 6 piece band), Piano’s and tonight at SOB’s (a conrazon/remezcla event!).

Listen to this interview the guys did with KCRW‘s Raul Campos which aired on his show last night, along w/ Anita Tijoux.  To hear the guys’ interview, go to 1:44 in the stream.

raka dun and raka rich

Also thought I’d highlight THIS LIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW they did w/ Remezcla Musica (you can even download their version of Gyptian’s ‘Hold Yuh’ riddim on the site too).

“A lot of people in Latin America still don’t understand…don’t understand us (…) We want to give them the raw and uncut, give them some soul music, what they’ve been missing. Our music is soul music. (…) So, we’re going to give them the visual and let them understand why this music is so important” – Raka Rich of Los Rakas