Esto es la raza esto es la casa: Bomba Estéreo @ Bumbershoot
09/07/2010, 12:46 pm
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Bomba Estéreo killed it yesterday at the amazing Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle.  This year has been special, been blessed enough to be at SXSW (w/ the band), Bonnaroo (w/ the band), Coachella and Bumbershoot {Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits, you’re next!}  I’ve always wanted to come to this festival, especially after visiting Seattle for less than 24 hours last year with the group {great show at The Crocodile!}

Check out this review of the band’s secret stage appearance for KEXP before their festival performance.  It was a special and intimate performance for about 70 people in a children’s theater.  All I can say is everyone in the room had goosebumps at the mix of folklore/past with electronic washes & glitches {the band has added a lot of new gadgets over the last year to play with}.  Can’t say enough about it; the band received a standing ovation!  Seriously, KEXP has to be one of the best stations in the world receptive and open to music – and all their DJs are so cool!

Then it was time for the band to play at the Fisher Green stage.  It’s so fun to watch the audience at an event that draws all walks of life react to the music – I saw a woman in a trance with the cloud and cumbia gods {foto below}, to an entire family {abuela, abuelo, mom, dad, little kids} just laughing and dancing.  It’s so easy, I feel and have seen, for music industry people to fall back and just be jaded about everything.  I suppose let’s see if I’m saying that 20 years from now, but no, I will remind myself always to absorb the energy.  There’s nothing like experiencing the joy of others through music.

Angelique Kidjo, from Benin, performed after the band. Such an eye opener to see an artist with 20+ plus in the game perform with such zest, attitude and energy. Her percussionists were incredible too!  Read up on all her humanitarian work throughout the years – inspiring to say the least.   She part of an incredible project by Amnesty International {which used my favorite song by Aterciopelados’ <who were also at Bumbershoot!> ‘Cancion Protesta’): ‘The Price of Silence‘ for Amnesty International {that I play at least once a week}.

Anyhow, watch this video of Bomba performing ‘Raza’ from their album ‘Blow Up‘ from the festival yesterday:

Article Alert: ‘Bobbito Garcia: Barrier Breaker’ in Huffington Post
09/04/2010, 9:07 pm
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Bobbito Garcia is no stranger to my blog.  He is familia and I am so grateful for the inspiration he has given me.  Check out this piece by Michael Evans in the Huffington Post about Bob + his recent accomplishment in the world of basketball: “The first Latino-American to announce a nationally televised game in English in ESPN’s 30-year history.”

The article goes on to include a lot of his history.  But my favorite line in the piece:

“I owe the sport a lot, but at the same time I’ve paid a lot back by bringing the sport to a lot of people in a lot of places.”

(foto via Huffington Post)

Woman’s Worth | ‘My Mic Sounds Nice’: Watch the Queen Conquer
09/02/2010, 10:31 am
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EDIT: Watch here:
(via Nah Right)

Haven’t seen this fully yet, but watched the above clip.  Really well-shot and glad this is out to a mass audience via BET.

BUT HOLD UP: Jeff Sledge {Jive} at 4:21 “I think there’s still a lazy attitude from the labels, to see what’s going to happen with her {Nikki Minaj}, and if it’s, uh, you know, uh, worth it to, you know, open up the doors a little bit.” – WORTH IT?  Watch this fool.  A woman BIRTHED YOU, of course it’s worth it, of course, unless, you’re caking off it, right?

By the way, Nikki Minaj’s verse on Kanye’s Monster is amazing – ‘okay, first things first, I eat your braaaaains!’ | Theatrics, substance, BALLS…love it.

(foto via the FADER)

Anyway, shout out to Jean Grae, Questlove, Invincible, Psalm One, The Fembassy – glad they were included!