Bending Minds & Ears: The Roots of the Future Is Now! [Video]
07/15/2013, 9:17 pm
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Peep my second collab with ABC News/Univision News’s joint venture, Fusion, which launches officially this Fall.

Núria Net – who by the way, wrote her Columbia Journalism thesis on Global Bass that you should read – and Jess Blank came to visit the Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC)-edition of #FUTUREROOTS mezcla jam we put on with DC’s Maracuyeah, Toronto’s Dos Mundos and Mexico City’s New Weird Latin America in Brooklyn.

Together, we presented Bogota, Colombia’s La MiniTK del Miedo’s NYC debut of their “Gothic Cumbia” and rocked with Maracuyeah’s DJ Rat & DJ Mafe as well as Mandeep Sethi outta the Bay with LA’s DJ Gozar from Subsuelo crew. Is was a night of worldwild digital era soundz and lots of familia came out to support.  Let me know what you think!

Check out the sights and sounds in the video:
Read the article below!

This Is What #FutureRoots Sounds Like [Video]

uni_futureroots_130711_wgGoth Cumbia and the Music of #FutureRoots: Dos Mundos’ Sergio Elmir, Conrazon’s Nati Linares and Maracuyeah’s DJ Mafe outside Public Assembly in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on July 10, 2013.
During this week of the annual Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) in New York City, indie rock, hip hop and folk music from Latin America and the Latino diaspora find themselves at the center stage of the music industry through showcases, panels and parties.

In addition to official LAMC programming, in the periphery of the conference #FutureRoots sounds are also blasting all the way from Lower Manhattan to across the Williamsburg Bridge in Brooklyn. Nati Linares , music programmer, artist manager, and wearer of many other musical hats, was one of the co-hosts of #FutureRoots showcase at Public Assembly on Wednesday night, where the gothic cumbia group La MiniTK del Miedo made its NYC debut. Also providing their beats were the LA-based global bass DJ Gozar from the Subsuelo crew, SF emcee Mandeep Sethi and DJ duo Maracuyeah from Washington DC.

Linares started the #FutureRoots series in 2011 because she felt that a lot of smaller, independent and international artists “were missing the opportunity to play in NYC because they couldn’t navigate the tough world of NYC live music venues,” she says. “So the series was conceived really just to provide a platform for the artists and to imagine some line-ups that might bend people’s minds and ears.”

The Public Assembly show was co-hosed by other hybrid music and culture enthusiasts such as Toronto-based Dos Mundos radio and with support from Mexico City’s New Weird Latin America blog.

“We don’t relate to “World Music” – because all music is of the world music,” says Linares. “But there is new world world music being made on laptops, using computer programs, traditional instruments but also sampling online across eras and styles of music using youtube. This is what I like to call, future-rooted music. It’s a little bit of everything.”

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POW: Puro Pinche Pride Party on ABC & Univision’s Fusion!
07/06/2013, 7:56 am
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June #PRIDE month is over, but I wanted to share my first piece for ABC News and Univision News’ new network coming this fall, Fusion.  I had the great honor to get an inside look on La Joteria‘s “Azucar! A Queer Latin Dance Party!”  Check out the action in this video and article I wrote. Special thank you to Fusion’s Nuria Net and Jessica Blank.

FUSION: [VIDEO] More Than a Party: Celebrating Pride, Underground Global Dance Sounds & Power!

The hosts of Azucar! dance party. Watch the video after the jump.


As entrepreneurs and designers in their 20s, friends Patric Prado, Ivette González-Alé and Crystal González-Alé – the hosts behind the monthly Azucar! A Queer Latin Dance Party – found each other in the heart of Bedstuy, one of the fastest changing neighborhoods in Brooklyn.

What did they have in common besides having access to Wi-Fi, Facebook and being Latino? They sought to cultivate a supportive and fun community to share something quite simple: a love for globally-minded underground dance music bubbling out of the digital age to dance floors everywhere.

imageReclaiming joto with pride.

“Azucar!” has been taking place for two years now, and this month’s Pride-themed party was extra special…it was a “POW! Puro Pinche Pari!”

I was initially introduced to Ivette and Crystal by DJ Ushka; when Zuzuka Poderosa, the Brazilian-born Brooklyn-based global dance artist I manage, was booked to play at this POW! Pride party, it was my chance to finally check out the buzz. There, I met party people from the ‘hood and all around New York City – some I spoke to traveled from the Bronx and Staten Island, all joyously packed inside the Franklin Avenue bar One Last Shag to hear the global bass stylings of DJ Precolumbian (Cutn Paste), Bhangra Trini flair of Ushka (iBomba), and retro-Mexipop Selena nostalgic selections of Shomi Noise (I overheard: “anything for Selenas!”)

“Azucar!” stayed true to its theme of the month, “POW!” with an explosive and power-filled performance by Zuzuka Poderosa (poderosa means powerful!) And then it dawned on me: There is power in the connection, celebration and spaces being carved out in this particular moment with so much at stake. We danced in time with the overturning of DOMA this week, and in anticipation of the Pride celebrations that will certainly rage  all over the world this weekend.

You can follow Nati around the Worldwild via Twitter: @conrazon

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07/04/2013, 11:41 am
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Ranted on Facebook on 4th of You Lie about this PBS Peligrosa documentary [WATCH IT] on their movement and New Weird Latin American culture bubbling everywhere. Perfect day to explore these themes in 2013:

After working at Nacional Records, then taking on conrazón traveling, meeting and working with people from all over the country and Latin America, it always occurred to me that the epicenter of future-rooting raza cosmica Lati-cultura-mashing was going down in Texas. Happy that folks I most respect and look to are from there, too – across mediums, faces and passions!

Take 30 min and see what’s been born when friends, experiences y ritmos crash and have the courage to SHINE: ‎#FutureRoutes ‎#NewPeople ‎#Tejas ‎#worldwild ‎#Peligrosa Big UP to Peligrosa! and thank you KLRU-TV, Austin PBS for telling this story! ♥

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I totally feel Jaime Mayo on the purpose outside the party….and Orión García‘s point re a “Latin” identity in a non-Latin country (even through the irony of the actual history of Texas/Mexico/”Amurrica” makes me think about “CONQUEST” which is a whole nother muthaaaaa)…the whole idea of these movements born of the digital age (in my humble opinion), is to give CONTEXTURE (just thought of the word while watching) = CONTEXT + TEXTURE

…we wanna show everyone our flavor and that bridges misunderstandings and ignorance between people rampant EVERYWHERE which manifests in REAL AND VIOLENT WAYS…so this is just HUMANITY MUSIC!

And that’s what we work for through culture…and if you’re not and just fucking around for the sake of being cool and doing “Art”, then that is not the true purpose or POTENTIAL of the expression…IN MY HUMBLE OPINION.

Sidebar: I think a great snapshot of our generation is Orion playing/recording on his iPad him on gaita (a traditional flute from the coast of Colombia) and accordion juxtaposed with another homie on Instagram. #Worldwild

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Final Thought: “There are no limitations to where our ideas will eventually take us…” – @DJ_Orion

Ain’t THAT what’s so #Peligrosa about it?

Big-up: Orion, El Dusty, Luis Espada, DJ Chorizo Funk, Ian Morales, Chingo Bling, VJ 4th Wall, Manolo Black, Pagame, King Louie, Quito, Sonora and Austin, TX.  Making plans to spend more time in Texas, fo sho!

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