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Los Rakas Gear Up For a Raka Summer W New Single, Video + EP!
05/26/2011, 3:50 pm
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LOS RAKAS GEAR UP FOR A RAKA SUMMER
NEW EP ‘CHANCLETAS Y CAMISETAS BORDADA’ OUT ON AUGUST 23RDConfirmed for NYC’s Central Park Summerstage, Los Angeles’ Reggae/Jazz Fest + Snoop Dogg’s Spring Gathering!

ACCLAIM FOR LOS RAKAS’ FIRST SINGLE,’TA LISTA
[Watch the Video Here + Look For It On Rotation on MTVTr3s + Mun2]

“Oakland-based Raka Dun and Raka Rich represent some of the best in Spanish-language rap coming out of the US, with a classic flow married to beats that draw from dancehall, future bass and good ol’-fashioned boom-bap.”AOL SPINNER

“We recommend the video, cause if most music videos strive for maximum eye-candy then this joint is like a eye-pinata.”OKAYPLAYER’S LARGEUP

‘Ta Lista’ (She’s Ready) is the new single from Bay Area-based, Panamanian-born, or Panabaynian duo, Los Rakas. Premiered on Cinco de Mayo on ThisIs50.com, the video was directed by Aris Jerome (director of summer smash ‘Abrazame’ ft. Favi (Uproot Andy Hold Yuh)) and is dedicated to the Mexican-American community in Oakland, California.

Outlets like the FADER, Okayplayer, AOL MUSICA, and Youtube.com/Music picked up the video, with ‘Ta Lista’ reaching 20,000+ views in less than a week.
Los Rakas is set to release their first non-mixtape ‘Chancletas y Camisetas Bordada EP’ independently (Soy Raka LLC) on August 23rd.  All artwork for the EP, including the cover and art for each song on the EP, is by Mexico City-based artist, Alejandro Núñez Ferrara.

The group is confirmed to play NYC’s prestigious outdoor festival, Central Park Summerstage on August 20th, and more recently in Los Angeles at the UCLA Reggae Jazz Festival (w/ Steel Pulse, Lupe Fiasco, Tanya Stephens, Gyptian) on May 30th and in San Bernadino, CA at Snoop Dogg’s Spring Gathering (w/ Cypress Hill, Dilated Peoples, Stephen Marley) on June 11th.

‘Chancletas y Camisetas Bordada EP ‘ is the first non-mixtape release from Los Rakas.  The 7-song EP includes production from international tropical bass producer Chief Boima, the Bay-Area’s Hawk Beatz and :::i.ameni:::The Beat Man, and Los Angeles’ Party Animals.  The EP was mixed by Deegan Mack Adams and mastered by Mike Denten at Infinite Studios (Alameda, CA). Tracklisting:

1) Vengo de Panama
Produced by Hawk Beatz

2) Panty Wanty
Produced by: Chief Boima

3) Borracho (Culea)
Produced by: Party Animals

4) Ta Lista
Produced by: :::i.ameni::::The Beat Man

5) Cueria
Produced by Chief Boima

6) La Chola
Produced by Chief Boima

7) Camisetas Borda
Produced by Chief Boima

Last year was a flagship year for Los Rakas, winning the 2010 Latin Alternative Music Conference’s (LAMC) Jack Daniel’s ‘Discovery Artist’ prize in New York City (an award that goes to the most promising group at the conference and the first time awarded to an urban group), with endorsements from Gibson Guitar and SHURE; culminating with their breakout performance at The Bowery Ballroom with a 6 piece band. They have also rocked alongside artists like The Roots, Ghostface Killah, Outkast, Ice Cube, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, E40, Pharaoh Monch, Fat Joe and others. Los Rakas just stepped off the ‘Playback Tour’ with reggae star, Collie Buddz, bringing their dynamic show and WOW-ing audiences across the entire country.

Critically acclaimed and blog favorites (FADER, RCRDLBL & Okayplayer) to more traditional outlets (The New York Times, NPR & National Geographic), Los Rakas keep on top of their game by releasing a steady stream of tracks, remixes, mixtapes, and videos, and expanding their circle of collaborators to include the Austrian aggro-dancehall of Stereotyp and the electro-tropicalia of New York’s Uproot Andy. Working the flexible idioms of hip-hop and dancehall into their own pliant medium, Raka Rich and Raka Dun channel Afrodiasporic dance currents to reflect on race and racism, poverty and violence, love and pride, partying, and the sundry stuff of everyday life.

Raka Rich and Raka Dun 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 boys, dancers and romancers, mainlanders and islanders and isthmus folk alike.

‘Chancletas y Camisetas Bordada EP’ will be released on August 23rd independently on Soy Raka LLC and will be available on iTunes, Amazon, Amoeba Records and http://www.losrakas.com.

http://www.losrakas.com
@LosRakasGeneral inquiries: richard.caraballo@comcast.net or 510-703-3349
Press and Media: nati@conrazon.me
Radio, DJs, Music Requests: robert@ineffablemusic.com
Booking for USA & Canada: tim@ineffablemusic.com
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Afro Dance: On Tour With Les Nubians
05/13/2011, 7:25 pm
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So I’m on tour (see dates) with the amazingly sweet and chill, Les Nubians.  Hélène and Célia are veterans of the game and have been touring, putting out albums for over 15 years.  I really respect and love their story, and the fact is, they are still here, touring, bringing sheer joy to the audiences they charm every night. Oh, and they are doing it independently, how beautiful is that?  They just put out their latest album, Nü RevolutionRead a review of the album.   Then get a free download of the song they did for Blitz the Ambassador’s new album, ‘Native Sun’ — the song is called ‘Dear Africa’.


More about the group:

The women of Les Nubians were shaped by many influences. Les Nubians has its genesis in a small town in the South West region of France where the Paris-born sisters Hélène and Célia Faussart lived as teenagers after returning from several years’ residence with their parents in the African country of Chad. With a French father and a Cameroonian mother, Hélène and Célia experienced cultural dissonance in the rural Bordeaux region. After their father’s death, Célia joined her sister in Bordeaux and they helped found a cultural collective, Les Nouveaux Griots, a “griot” being a traditional African storyteller and historian, all with the goal of increasing awareness of African and Urban cultures. A chance meeting with jazz legend Abbey Lincoln, who encouraged the sisters to sing, led to the formation of Les Nubians. In the beginning they sang acapella due to their difficulty finding musicians who would back them. Their unique sound led to a recording deal with Virgin Records and in 1998 their debut album, Princesses Nubiennes was released in Europe, where initially it enjoyed only modest sales. But the albums innovative mix of hip hop, neo soul and African music found an audience in America and “Makeda” the first single from Princesses Nubiennes became an urban radio hit. The video for “Makeda” garnered heavy rotation on BET and VH-1 Soul while a DJ Spinna re-mix generated strong club play. Characterized by a marriage between Sade and Erykah Badu, “Makeda” was the right sound at the right time. Massive media attention, successful tours and a Grammy nomination followed as well as nominations for two NAACP Image Awards and two Soul Train Lady Of Soul Awards; one of which Les Nubians took home as 1999’s winner for Best New Artist Group or Duo.

Check out the amazing new video for their single, ‘Afro Dance’ – so visually rich!



Spit It In Both Languages, The Lyrical Anthropologist || Blitz The Ambassador’s ‘Native Sun’ Out Tomorrow!
05/02/2011, 3:48 pm
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The time has come. Hear the full streaming for one more day on youtube of Blitz the Ambassador‘s new album (out TOMORROW, May 3rd) ‘Native Sun.’  Pre-order it on iTunes and come celebrate it with us as Blitz rocks NYC on Wednesday, May 4th for his album release party at SOB’s.

“Live from Accra city, that’s my city, that’s beyond what they call gritty.”
“When Chuck D gives a shout-out on your record (“It’s not where you from; it’s where you at….”), you could say you’ve made it as a hip-hop artist. Ghanaian-born Samuel Bazawule may not be a household name, but if his new album “Native Sun” is any indication, he should be. “Native Sun” is one of the most organic marriages of African music and hip-hop we’ve heard — an effortless release that incorporates Afrobeat, highlife and kora music into old-school hip-hop. It’s a warm and danceable record with a social conscience, and it speaks to anybody who’s lived between two cultures — as more and more of us do.” Youtube

There’s African hip-hop, there are African grooves with rapping on top and then there’s Blitz.” Exclaim (Canada’s #1 Music Publication)

“Highlife meets conscious rap meets afrobeat meets everything magnum opus.” – Okayplayer