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NPR’s AltLatino was a guest on Weekend Edition with host Audie Cornish to get into some funky jams from Panama to PR:
“Puerto Rico’s Mima dances with ghosts in a tune reminiscent of Rockwell’s “Somebody’s Watching Me.” Oakland’s Goapele teams up with Panamanian rappers Los Rakas for a steamy tune that would’ve made Marvin Gaye proud.”
Listen to the entire piece HERE.
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conrazón & sob’s ‘future roots’ series presents:
LOS RAKAS (Soy Raka)
Brand new EP ‘Chancletas y Camisetas Bordada‘ is OUT NOW!
GEKO JONES (Que Bajo!?)
FLAMA w/ DJ BIG NITO (Redline)
SOB’s || 204 Varick St (1 Train to Houston)
#Plena #Dancehall #Reggae #TropicalBass #HipHop #Caribbean #Panama #California #Jamaica #Colombia #Africa
LOS RAKAS | http://www.losrakas.com/
Los Rakas represent pan-American flows. Two cousins who grew up in Panama before spending their teens in Oakland, California, Raka Dun and Raka Rich put a distinctive “Panabay” twist on hip-hop and reggae, bridging the streetwise sounds of the places they’ve called home. Drawing on Panamanian plena’s faithful approach to reggae classics and the Bay Area’s independent and idiosyncratic hip-hop scene, Los Rakas merge familiar dancehall melodies with a lyricism all their own. Their debut EP ‘Chancletas y Camisetas Bordada’ (Soy Raka LLC) hit #1 on the iTunes Reggateon/Hip-Hop Chart and the group continues to release a steady stream of tracks, solo EPs, remixes, mixtapes (including 2006’s Panabay Twist and 2009’s Panabay Twist Vol 2.: La Tanda Del Bus), and videos – growing their fanbase from the ground up and worldwide.
DRESKULL | http://www.dreskull.com/
Dre Skull is a Brooklyn-based producer and DJ whose boundary-pushing conceptual attitude towards music and culture has been receiving critical acclaim since 2007. His worldwide tours and collaborations with artists as far reaching as Sizzla, Lil Scrappy, Sissy Nobby and Vybz Kartel have established him as an ambassador of culture and a producer with a pop touch. He continues to hone his craft and up the ante, with frequent recent trips to Kingston, Jamaica where he produced the critically acclaimed Vybz Kartel full length, Kingston Story, released in June 2011. Dre Skull’s future as a musical and cultural innovator seems limitless.
GEKO JONES | https://www.facebook.com/quebajoparty
Geko Jones is one half of New York City’s best Tropical Bass party, QUE BAJO!? Each month the night brings party-goers from every boro hungry for electronic-tinged folkloric music from Latin America mixed with reggae/dancehall, dub, hip-hop and more. “The melting pot of digital cumbia, dancehall, Afro-flecked house and more results in a bump ’n’ grind groove that the ladies can’t get enough of.” – Timeout New York “Top Latin Underground Party”
Brought to you by conrazón with support from EV Radio’s ‘Universopolis’ (Saturdays 4 – 6 PM on eastvillageradio.com) and Redline (The “Turn It Up” Show Every Sun From 7-10 pm On 90.3 FM AllBlackRadio.com).
Flyer by Mister Bouncer.
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Oakland’s LOS RAKAS Debut “Mini-Film” For ‘Cueria’!
UPCOMING LIVE SHOWS:
November 6th – Los Angeles, The Roxy | Tickets
November 15th – San Francisco, The Mezzanine (w/ Blackstar) | Tickets
November 16th – Cleveland, Case Western Reserve University
November 19th – New York City, SOB’s (w/ Dreskull & Geko Jones)| Tickets
November 25th – Oakland, The New Parish (5th Year Anniversary)| Ticket
November 2nd, 2011: Shot in Oakland, California, directed by NASIR, with cinematography by Justin Potter, and Nick Crispen as Officer O’Leary, new LOS RAKAS clip ‘CUERIA’ stars Raka Rich & Raka Dun in the role of two cousins on a mission to avenge the killing of their teenage friend.
A news anchor reports on a recent murder: “14 year old Julio Alvarez, known by his friends and family as Lil Ray Ray, was shot dead, in cold blood, not resisting. Outrage. Officer O’Leary has been released on bail.”
The clip cuts to the confused, angry and intent-filled characters driving through the deserted streets of industrial Oakland, planning their next move as Panama’s most celebrated salsa singer, Ruben Blades, foreshadows what is to happen next: ‘Un carro pasa muy despacito por la avenida.’ A car passes by slowly through the avenue…
Blades celebrated salsa narrative, ‘Pedro Navaja’ about a knife-wielding crook (read more about the song here) who meets his match after attacking an armed prostitute, continues to sound in the background as Panamanian patron saint, Cristo Negro de Portobelo, plays witness to the discussion of what to do next with the kidnapped Officer O’Leary, ending in a dark demise and subsequent ‘CUERIA‘ (Translation: ‘Take out’).
‘CUERIA’ is completely fictional, but a cinematic reminder of the tensions felt between law enforcement and citizens across the world. ‘CUERIA‘ was written and conceived by director, NASIR, with LOS RAKAS making their acting debut. “He who lives by the sword, dies by the sword. Life gives you surprises.” – Ruben Blades (Pedro Navaja)
About LOS RAKAS:
LOS RAKAS represent pan-American flows. Two cousins who grew up in Panama before spending their teens in Oakland, California, Raka Dun and Raka Rich put a distinctive “Panabay” twist on hip-hop and reggae, bridging the streetwise sounds of the places they’ve called home. Drawing on Panamanian plena’s faithful approach to reggae classics and the Bay Area’s independent and idiosyncratic hip-hop scene, Los Rakas merge familiar dancehall melodies with a lyricism all their own.
Their debut EP ‘Chancletas y Camisetas Bordada’ hit #1 on the iTunes Reggateon/Hip-Hop chart and was released August 23rd, 2011 on Soy Raka LLC.
The group continues to release a steady stream of tracks, remixes, mixtapes (including 2006’s Panabay Twist 2009’s Panabay Twist Vol 2.: La Tanda Del Bus,with 2012 seeing the release of Panabay Twist Vol. 3), solo projects (including 2011’s El Flow Californiano: Mixtape Vol. 1 from Raka Rich and coming in 2012: Afro Latino EP from Raka Dun, which was recently featured in NPR) and videos – growing their fan base from the ground-up, DIY-style and worldwide.
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