conrazón wire: Good news from Los Rakas #FIFA14
09/24/2013, 12:39 pm
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Brand New Song “Hot” – Off Double Album “El Negrito Dun Dun & Ricardo” – Is Featured On The Official FIFA 14 Soccer Game Soundtrack Alongside Nine Inch Nails, Chvrches, Marcelo D2 and Vampire Weekend!

The one thing that is important to know about the FIFA soundtrack is that it represents not just where music is at, but where music is on a global scale. Soccer/fútbol is a sport that has no boundaries.” – EA Music Group president Steven Schnur in Billboard

Their music switched among hip-hop, reggaetón and dancehall beats […] their fast rhymes proclaimed solidarity across the hemisphere.” – NY Times

September 24th, 2013: Oakland via Panama’s Los Rakas is featured in EA Sport’s “FIFA 14” which is out today in the United States and worldwide on September 27th. The song “Hot” is off of their as-yet-to-be-released forthcoming double-disc project, “El Negrito Dun Dun & Ricardo” – which will see release in 2014.

This is a huge honor and dream come true for Los Rakas.” Raka Dun says. “Being Panamanian and raised in the United States, FIFA connects us to the larger Latin American and global community. Soccer is our second love behind music.

According to Billboard, EA Music Supervisor Cybele Pettus describes the overall sound of the music featured in FIFA as “Celebratory and rhythmic. You want to get fired up like you get fired up if you’re at one of these games.”

Speaking to the sound of the song Raka Rich says, “Hot‘ is great for the FIFA 14 soundtrack because of the drums. Raka Stylo – one of our main producers – captured the intensity of the sport through the sound of the song.  I think people will really enjoy it.

Los Rakas have a deep love of soccer and their homeland of Panama.  Their friendship with FC Dallas striker and fellow Panamanian – Blas “Super Ratón” Pérez – is especially fitting today.  Pérez is featured on the cover of this year’s game after winning a fan voting competition which Los Rakas helped support through social media.

Raka Dun with Blas “Super Ratón” Pérez in 2013 | Photo by Raka Pitufo

FIFA 14 delivers engaging online features and live services that connect fans to the heartbeat of the sport — and to each other — through EA SPORTS Football Club. FIFA 14 is football’s social network, where fans connect, compete and share with millions of others around the world. Learn more:

Los Rakas is comprised of cousins Raka Rich & Raka Dun, pioneering Panamanians by way of the Bay Area on the frontier of a new Latin urban sound.  Known for their fresh mix of Hip-Hop, Plena, Reggae and Dancehall music with both Spanish and English lyricism, Los Rakas represent the cutting edge of Pan-American flows. Taking their name from the Panamanian word “Rakataka” – a negative slur used to describe someone from the ghetto – Los Rakas have set out to both inspire fellow “Rakas” by empowering them, and to become successful despite their circumstances, turning the current Latin hip-hop world on its head. Los Rakas 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 girls, dancers and romancers, mainlanders and islanders and isthmus folk alike, which continues to bubble one “Raka” at a time. Learn more:

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lady eléctrica saturn september update! ► ► ►
09/18/2013, 8:19 pm
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I wanted to send over a quick update on all the good stuff going on in these crazy times – keep scrolling after my news for my #LaRazaCosmica playlist and reading list, too!

Well firstly, I’ve been co-hosting The Bobbito Garcia Radio Show”  on Mondays from 2 – 4PM on East Village Radio the last couple of weeks, which you can tune into #WORLDWILD at  Tio Bob invited acclaimed journalist/author [and my #Shero], Raquel Cepeda on the show on September 9th – make sure you pick up her book “Bird of Paradise.”

Screen shot 2013-09-18 at 10.27.56 PMSeptember 9, 2013 with Nati, Bobbito and Raquel Cepeda!

As I said on Instagram after reading Raquel’s book: “1 story of #LaRazaCosmica thru a Hip-Hop generation lens. We must drop the baggage of self-hate which I do understand was a mechanism for survival of the last generation – so that we can soar & fight White Supremacy primarily [which would begin to breakdown a lot of other things needed for us to govern civilly and lead to preserving our most high, La Madre Tierra] for a new way, TOGETHER. “…guiding me from one place to another with purpose.” #Conrazón #SheroSaturdays #SupportSisters” – get your hands on her book!

This past Monday, September 16, I helped Bob interview Psychedelic Salsa band, ‘La Mecanica Popular.’  We talked about the group’s new video shot in Williamsburg’s last Latin social club, the body/mind divide and SEXO Y SALSA. Si Si!

Screen shot 2013-09-18 at 10.29.09 PMSeptember 16, 2013 with Bobbito, La Mecanica Popular’s Maelo, Efrain, Yvonne and Nati

Access 9/9 and 9/16 shows [all the archives are great!] HERE.

Oh, and Bob was featured in the NY Times a couple of weeks ago.  Read the piece by David Gonzalez. “No out of bounds can describe his life.” #InspirationArchives

I wrapped up my second season at SummerStage this week. I have been reflecting so hard on what a dope [though challenging] season it was and how deep it was to be a part of the #ThisIsHipHop series, which was topped off by the 40th Anniversary Celebration of Hip-Hop on August 10th with Kool Herc and friends. Check out this review of the event by WFMU’s Billy Jam who got mad thorough with it. I’ll never forget it and it was an honor working with so many OG’s including Summerstage’s Artistic Director Erika Elliott and First Lady of Hip-Hop Cindy Campbell. My women, my women! Y’all are gonna LOVE next year’s theme…

I just started working with NYC-based Psychedelic Salsa band [yes, you read that right!] – La Mecanica Popular.  They debuted their first music videoLa Paz Del Freak” on Remezcla – a single off their debut self-titled coming out in November on Brooklyn vinyl label, Names You Can Trust.  You’re not going to want to miss their next live show at Lit Lounge on September 21 [watch footage from their last show, courtesy of Sounds & Colours Magazine] – vaya! Follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. #PsychedelicSalsa #ThirdWaveSalsa #NYCSalsa

One of my favorite artists of our generation – Blitz the Ambassador – just dropped a free EP, The Warm Up [with features from Nneka, Emicida, Fashawn and more].  I’ve been listening to it non-stop – it’s really an ambitious project for something released for FREE. Support and share this ART! I agree with his tweet: “No gatekeepers…just Dope International Artists and content curated by the people.” Blitz is rocking New York City on September 19th [TOMORROW] with Dutty Artz’s Chief Boima and Old Money – don’t miss that and check out amazing video for Dikembe – shot in Morocco. #ThinkGlobal #Worldwild #AfropolitanDreams

Blitz2013WebsterHallSeptI’m mostly feeling completely refreshed after Zuzuka Poderosa played queer-friendly fashion-line Marimacho‘s New York Fashion Week debut in Williamsburg [check a review of the line].  She shared the bill with the warrior woman, Wavy Spice. I met Wavy at Remezcla’s The Spot in 2011, when I put her on my guest list. She saw Zuzuka perform live that night for the first time and on Saturday night told us both how much seeing that performance inspired her to finally take up the mic after writing poetry.  These are the moments I do this work for!  Zuzuka’s gearing up to announce a European tour in November and working on new music and a video for the song ‘Psicodelia‘ – a dance song in a world of war. #Powher #CariocaBass #PussyPower

ZuzukaMarimacho2013Zuzuka rocks Marimacho’s NYFW debut on September 7, 2013 | Full Photo Set HERE
Los Rakas have had a busy and exciting summer, touring Latin America, playing Central Park SummerStage [Photos here by Green Label], and preparing for their next chapter.  Get their new songs Desorden [Major Lazer remix] and Camaleon – and stay tuned to much more coming. They were just announced on the official soundtrack for EA Sports FIFA 14 as well! #SoyRaka #RakaNation #ARakaIsARebel

LosRakasPanamaDiaADia2013Los Rakas in Panamanian paper Dia A Dia on September 17, 2013
#LaRazaCosmica Reading List
Suicides Highlight The Plight of Hispanic Teens [Al Jazeera America] –
Cover Story: Janelle Monae [Pitchfork] –
Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts: St George, Staten Island [Urban Omnibus] –
Life on Earth “Began In Mars” [The Guardian] –
Solidarity Is For Miley Cyrus: The Racial Implications of Her VMA Performance [Jezebel] –
Fact/Fiction: A Conversation With Albert “Prodigy” Johnson, Queens Author & Rapper [Open City] –
The Humanity of Private Manning [Freethought] |
What Men Want, America Delivers [Salon] |
Cornel West: Market-Driven Culture Destroys Virtue [Raw Story] |
Saturn Returns Is Second Puberty [Brooklyn The Borough] |
Is Bossa Nova Civic Club Poised To Become The Max Fish Of The Global Dance Music Scene [Remezcla] |
Turn Up, Turn Off and Get Into The Groove: On EDM, Dancing’s Disappearance & Hope For It’s Return [Do Androids Dance] |
Sexting, Shame & Suicide [Rolling Stone] |
Toñita’s: The Brooklyn Club That Keeps Puerto Rico Kicking in Williamsburg [Creative Time] |
The Abortion Freedom Riders [Vice] |
Why Generation Y Yuppies Are Unhappy [wait but why] |
#LaRazaCosmica Play List
Boogat ft. Lido Pimienta – Unico |
Dengue Dengue Dengue |
Irene Diaz – My Sweetest Sin |
One Day As a Lion – Wild International |
Rebel Diaz – I’m An Alien |
Marty McSorely WFMU Radio Show |
Gogol Bordello – Pura Vida Conspiracy |
Soundboy Cartagena |
Systema Solar – La Rana |
Janelle Monae – The Electric Lady |
Valerie June – Working Woman Blues |
[photo by John Demato]


La Paz Del Freak & Third Wave Salsa | Live @ Arlene’s Grocery Tomorrow!
09/02/2013, 11:29 am
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My friend Alexis Ortiz from Cami Music hipped me to La Mecanica Popular‘s brand of “Psychedelic Salsa.”  After she shared them, I remember trying to find more music and info from them save from the 2 tracks they had up on their soundcloud.  Fate put me at their late December 2012 show at The Shrine in Harlem – one of my favorite venues to see music in New York City. It was December 23rd, also the birthday of my favorite #Shero – la cubana iconic Latin Soul artist – La Lupe.

IMG_0561La Mecanica Popular’s Yvonne, Efrain and Joy.

That night – Efrain Rozas, La Mecanica Popular‘s band leader and mastermind – led a special dedication for La Lupe on her day of birth. I screamed in delight that there would be a band in NYC who could mix the rooted sound of salsa dura [read this review in Sound & Colours: ‘Salsa Dura with A Twist”] with a spaced-out future sound of multiple layered synths *AND* dedicate their show to the great voz architect of soul in the tropics who brought it stateside!?  YES!  To me, they were *the* definition of #FUTUREROOTS – a philosophy and term I had been throwing around and even used as a platform from 2011 – 2012 to promote shows in NYC.  I could only have hoped that I could be a part of their movement.

Screen shot 2013-09-02 at 1.02.14 PMSalsa Social: LMP on Twitter: @LaMecanicaSalsa and Instagram: @LaMecanicaPopular

Fast forward to 2013. Around the time of LAMC [Latin Alternative Music Conference], I received an email from Dewar’s Whiskey that they were conducting a battle of the bands of sorts – The Search for The Next Great Latin Sound – to compete for a chance to open for Juanes in Miami called #Dewaristas.  Usually skeptical of these sorts of brand activations, it seemed like a good opportunity where a great band COULD win.  I passed it onto about a dozen bands who I respect and follow.  3 of those bands – Las Cafeteras, Calma Carmona and La Mecanica Popular – made it to regional finals, with Las Cafeteras and La Mecanica Popular part of the final 3 competing to open for Juanes this month. Check out the video from when LMP played the New York City showcase:

La banda suena de puta madre!” – Juanes

Anyhow, all this is to say, I am thrilled to offer support to La Mecanica Popular as they release a new video this week – “La Paz Del Freak” via Names You Can Trust – an awesome all-vinyl label based out of Brooklyn.  The band makes music for a 2013 that we’re actually living in: future-rooted, tropical, digital, globalized, alive and creative. There’s a vanguard of these artists all over the world bringing us back to good instrumental tropical sounds who are willing to experiment and go outside of the box – what I’ve dubbed #WORLDWILD. For those making Salsa, the band’s dubbed it #ThirdWaveSalsa…I love that!

Anyhow, this is just the beginning. I can’t wait to continue telling the world about them, so get OUT OF THIS WORLD and get down to the #PsychedelicSalsa sounds of La Mecanica Popular! Share like I have if you dig it!

Oh yeah, the band plays at Arlene’s Grocery in NYC TOMORROW, September 3rd at 10 PM: [Get Tickets Here].

Vote for them as part of  #Dewaristas: and get your fix on Soundcloud:


Sur America Rising: Tu No Puedes Comprar La Lluvia
09/02/2013, 8:25 am
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Watch this video capturing what’s going on in Colombia right now – click on la mujer fuerte above. #FreeTradeAintFREE

Here’s come background:
Big Colombia Strike Highlights Free Trade Failure – [READ]
Colombia Farmers’ Strike Finds Support in NYC – [READ]
Colombia Braced for Nationwide Protests – [READ]