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Spik Records out of San Juan has a reputation of releasing some of Puerto Rico’s most exciting sounds, starting with 2011’s “El Pozo” from hometown indie siren, Mima. Next up for the label is the DJ Nature-produced reggae artist, Young Ragga. Largeup.com picked up on the release and had this to say:
Young Ragga, a new artist representing San Juan, Puerto Rico, has just released Ragga Muffin Style, a collaboration with producer DJ Nature. The album is a refreshing return to the ’80s rub-a-dub era, infused with the lyrical flows and techniques of the present. Young Ragga’s desire to have the new pay respect to the old is clear in his album cover’s reference to Horace Andy’s Dance Hall Style. While the majority of the album is reggae based, “Antiestablishment,” and the Afrobeat inspired track layered with rap lyrics that chant down Babylon, shows the diversity of Young Ragga’s style. Very worth downloading.
“Musiquilla,” however, stands out as the album’s hottest, most speaker-busting track. An on-point combination of piano keys, a bumping bass line, and melodic vocals, “Musiquilla” might have you singing along, two finger inna di air, “musiquilla unifica…Madre Tierra, Mama Africa” (Music unites…Mother Earth, Mama Africa). Stream and download both tunes below, and get the full Ragga Muffin Style album here.
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Free Download: New Collie Buddz Song “Ganja Pipe”
Collie Buddz is back with free download for the single “Ganja Pipe” – a hard hitting dancehall dedication to that “high grade” behind his ‘Dark N’ Stormy‘ tour announcement which came last week, announcing nationwide tour dates with tour mates New Kingston and Los Rakas!
Taking advantage of his broad fan base after first studio release “Collie Buddz” (2007) and hit single ‘Come Around’, Collie’s in control of his growing grassroots social media grip, live touring network and musical output, with an appearance on Major Lazer‘s “Gunz Don’t Kill People, Lazers Do” on track “Never Good Enough” (2009) and his “Playback EP” – which after years of support from fans, Buddz made the entire EP free for download off his website in 2011 to the tune of 250,000+ downloads.
With a timeless sound, Collie Buddz continues to receive heavy rotation on radio stations across the globe, as recently as on the Diplo & Friends program on BBC Radio 1 last week in advance of his appearance on the highly anticipated “Snoop Lion” project with Diplo and Snoop Dogg.
Collie’s explosive full-band reggae show has been rocking crowds worldwide over the last couple of years coupled with releasing big tunes to a rabid and faithful following. Breakout festivals appearances at Lollapalooza (Chicago) and Outside Lands (San Francisco) in 2011 as well as a tour of Europe at the turn of the year set the tone for Fall 2012’s ‘Dark N’ Stormy‘ tour – hosted by Gosling’s Dark n’ Stormy Ready to Drink Rum Cocktail – taking Collie & full band from Hawaii, across the Northwest & California, then eastward-bound across the Midwest.
With an arsenal of songs to rock live, a Collie Buddz’s show packs in fan-favorites and hits, as well as songs off upcoming as-yet-to-be-named 2013 studio follow-up.
…finally the Buddz come around and around – if “Ganja Pipe” is any indication, they won’t stop.
Visit www.CollieBuddz.com for all tour dates!
Follow Collie on Twitter: @CollieBuddz
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Outernational don’t fake it, and they never have. I’m not talking about any bullshit pedestrian claims of being “legit” or “real” that waaaay to many bands are fixated on; I mean in an uncompromising, straightforward this-is-what-we’re-fighting-for sense where they’re not going to water their beliefs down to cater to anyone, and, like I said, they never have – as they’ve fought for the better part of 8 years now, as NYC’s foremost Communist activist rock band. In the time that most bands have come together, broken up, and reunited, Outernational have held it down, staying true to what they’ve always been about. I saw them for the first time in ’09, and they’ve changed plenty since then, but that was the vibe I got from them then, and it’s the vibe I get from them now. The best part? They’ve only just gotten started.
For Outernational, though, it’s always been about their connection with their audience, about community, and the support from believers in their fight, friends and fans (all of which kind of blurs into one big crew after a while) that have allowed the band to make it to this point. That kind of support enabled them to raise $20,000 for their cause on Kickstarter in mid-2011 to record their first two full-length records. They haven’t slowed down since – Last December they released a full-length concept album about the struggle going on at the US-Mexico border, “Todos Somos Ilegales: We Are All Illegals”, which featured some of their famous supporters, like Tom Morello, Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Calle 13 and Revolutionary Communist Party head Bob Avakian. And as if THAT wasn’t enough, they then took their fight to the very lands they were singing about, embarking on two separate tours of the borderlands. They’ve come back home to New York for a special tour finale at 92Y Tribeca tomorrow night, and I talked with Leo Mintek, guitarist from Outernational and my homie from way back, about the crazy ride the band’s been on for the last 8 years, and where they’re going.
So you guys have been together for 8 years at this point – how’s the band changed in that time?
8 years, since 2004. The idea for this band was born then, and we’ve changed so much – members, stylistically – we’ve really evolved and gone in so many different directions. There’s a lot of talent in this band, and a lot of different types of music we mix together. We’ve grown a lot, and seen a lot – we just did two tours on the borderlands, the place where the struggle we’ve been singing about is actually taking place.
How were you guys received out there, on the borderlands?
Man, it was tremendous. We got so many responses from people down there, having made a concept album about the border, and then to go down to the border, you know, as outsiders – we’re not from there, I’ve never been there before, I’ve never been to south Texas, west Texas, Arizona – and we were welcomed to all types of places, from community centers and concert halls, Native American reservations, getting the message out there; we met bands from Mexico who crossed the border to play with us, and we were welcomed by them and invited to return. They appreciated the message – you know, there’s always cynics who say, “Oh, you have no right to talk about this, because you’re not from here” – but there was this overwhelming response from people down there who were like, “thank you for coming down here – no one sings about us, no one talks about us”, and they invited us to come back after the first tour, so we did it again. We were in El Paso, which is sister cities with this city called Juarez – which we have a song about on “Todos”, “Ladies of the Night”, which is about the women of Juarez – which as of right now is the most active border-crossing city. We’ve been lucky to play there 4 times, and everytime they’re just so shocked and inspired to hear us, these dudes from New York, singing about them, singing for them, coming in with this message. We played there the other day and opened with “Fighting Song”, and when we finished the whole crowd started chanting “CHINGON, CHINGON!” – which is a form of “Fuck”, but it’s positive; it basically means “GODDAMN!” – and it felt real good to hear that kind of response.
Read the entire Superchief.TV interview here.
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THE RAKA MOVEMENT CONTINUES TO GROW
LOS RAKAS SHAPE A NEW SOUND
Read ‘Austin American Statesman’ Interview
Debut New Song “Hablemos De Amor” &
A New Video “Bien Ribetiao”
Duo Take Break From Studio With Diplo, E-40 &
Taboo (Black Eyed Peas) And
From Recording Upcoming ‘Raka Party’
“Bien Ribetiao” in AOL Spinner; Video Premiered on VEVO Homepage!
In October, Play Mexico City’s Corona Capital Festival
Alongside Major Lazer & The Black Keys
Support Collie Buddz on “Dark & Stormy” US Tour!
After debut headlining shows in Austin & Miami in August and being verified on Twitter, Los Rakas take a break from working on dance music album “Raka Party” to release brand new music! Raka Dun & Raka Rich dropped their video “Bien Ribetiao“ on the front page of VEVO for its premiere.
Tweets Raka Verified!
“Bien Ribetiao” is a Panamanian slang word for ‘well dressed’ or ‘swaggin’. As usual, the duo find a way to put their unique twist on language, style and swag with a mostly improvised shoot resulting in Los Rakas’ best video to date. Directed by Lady Tragik, the video was shot in Oakland and also features the world renowned Turf Feinz who Raka fans should recognize from breakout video, “Soy Raka”
Raka Rich tells AOL SPINNER about the track: “The beat is a style of hip-hop originally from Oakland, California. Songs like Drake‘s ‘The Motto’ and Tyga‘s ‘Rack City,’ which have been popular over the last year at a mainstream level, are drawn from a Bay Area-sound. One example is E-40’s ‘Tell Me Where to Go’ from 2005. This 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.”
INTERVIEW: Los Rakas in Charlotte, NC During #DNC2012
Read entire interview via Presente.org HERE
What has your experience at Undocunation and with the No Papers No Fears riders been like?
We just came from Chicago real quick [to make it to Undocunation]. We really appreciate being here because [riders] understand where we’re coming from and we understand where they’re coming from. We’re all one…one love. Dile no al racism, dile si a la paz. We have to unite. Everybody has to come together and inform as one…blacks, Latinos, Asians, the old, the young, everyone. We need to stop living so separate.
Los Rakas Win Puma/Modelo Especial “Blank Canvas Project” & Thank Fans
+ Raka Rich Does The Moonwalk!
New Music: “Hablemos Del Amor”
“On “Hablemos Del Amor,” Los Rakas’ Raka Dun and Raka Rich and collaborator Stylo (“Raka Stylo”) speak from the heart, tackling the topic of police brutality, and offering a hopeful “One Love” chorus before shouting out Oscar Grant, slain in their hometown of Oakland, and Trayvon Martin. Los Rakas and Rep JA tell us ”Hablemos Del Amor” has been submitted for an upcoming movie on Oscar Grant. Well, it needs to be in there because this is powerful stuff.”– Okayplayer’s LargeUp.com
Upcoming Tour Dates:
Sept 22 – Uptown Theatre – Napa, CA w/ Ozomatli
Sept 23 – UCLA Bruin Fest – Los Angeles, CA
Sept 28 – Club Love – Washington DC
Sept 29 – Olde Club – Swarthmore, PA
Oct 12 – A3C Hip-Hop Festival – Atlanta, GA
Oct 14 – Corona Capital Fest – Mexico City
Dark & Stormy Tour w/ Collie Buddz & New Kingston
Oct 18 – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR
Oct 19 – Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
Oct 20 – City Arts Fest – Seattle, WA (Los Rakas show)
Oct 22 – WOW Hall – Eugene, OR
Oct 26 – Arcata Theatre – Arcata, CA
Oct 27 – The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA
Oct 28 – SLO Brew – San Luis Obispo, CA
Oct 30 – Fulton 55 – Fresno, CA
Oct 31 – McNear’s Mystic Theater – Petaluma, CA
Nov 1 – Belly Up Tavern – Solana Beach
Nov 2 – The Troubador – Los Angeles, CA
Nov 3 – Martini Ranch – Scottsdale, AZ
Nov 4 – The Green Room – Flagstaff, AZ
Nov 7 – Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
Nov 8 – The Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
Nov 9 – Fox Theatre – Boulder, CO
Nov 10 – Bluebird Theatre – Denver, CO
Nov 11 – The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
Nov 13 – Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA
Nov 14 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN
Nov 15 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
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“The idea of Outernational is, many people just think because “oh because we mix up different styles of music in a rock & roll context” they think Outernational is just talking about that. But the idea of Outernational is really trying to get people to lift their sights, you know their sights, where their looking to, not just what’s literally in front of your eyeballs, but what you’re setting your sights on and your lives and how you’re thinking about the world. Trying to get people to set their sights on above and beyond the countries and divisions and the way the world is so stratified and screwed up. So we’re trying to get people to break on out of that mindset.
Outernational, above and beyond the borders of today.
We thought to be part of a larger revolutionary movement of people stepping on the scene to change the world, that it could really ruffle some feathers but even more than that really kinda help people feel different and start to see things different expose people to some different feelings and thoughts through a rock and roll band. That’s powerful. It’s not going to change the world, but it could change people that will change the world.” – Miles Solay in Volted Magazine
Outernational is wrapping up their ‘Future Rock‘ tour this month, finishing up their run in Texas (including their first show at a real Texas Roadhouse!), making their way up North to New Orleans, Atlanta and North Carolina, with their the NYC EP Release Party NEXT FRIDAY at 92YTriBeCa with Special Guests, The Skins!
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Been sending out stickers out across the world to fam and strangers! Loving the love! If you want one you know where to find me. Just send me your address! ❤ ❤ ❤
Sergio of Dos Mundos in Toronto reppin’!
DJ Chilly (Host of KEXP’s El Sonido in Seattle) shows LOVE!