UC RIVERSIDE, Weds. Oct. 9: Hip-Hop Cu bano group, Obsesión, at UC Riverside!
- To: "Dana Lubow (danalubow@...)" <danalubow@...>Cc: "walterlx@..." <walterlx@...>, Brian DeShazor <pacarchive@...>Subject: FW: SAVE THE DATE: Hip-Hop Cubano group, Obsesión, at UC Riverside! Wed. Oct 9Date: Sep 25, 2013 2:35 PM
Can you come to this? Just found out a couple days ago but we’re organizing cuz its important!
Its free. Tell some folks at Pacifica, LAVC and in LA! Rhonda
Dear library folks: You are invited to a special event with a Cuban Hip Hop group, Obsesion, in a rare performance in Riverside.
Event to be held Wed. Oct. 9, 5 pm, in the Interdisciplinary building INTS 1113.
The event is co-sponsored by the Latin American Studies Program, the Latin American Ethnomusicology program and Latin American Perspectives.
All are welcome. Rhonda
New Structures for Capital and Forms of Resistance
September 2013, Issue 192, 40:5
Hip-Hop Cubano at UC Riverside!
Wednesday, October 9th at 5pm
Symposium - Interdisciplinary Building INTS 1113
The Cuban hip-hop group Obsesión, formed by Magia Lopez and Alexey Rodriguez, will visit the United States this fall. Leaders of the hip-hop movement in Cuba, Obsesión continues to make great music and play a vital role in the island's hip-hop scene. The duo has produced three successful albums, the most recent being the "black album," which was released in 2011. They have collaborated with a number of Cuban and international artists, including Roberto Fonseca, the Roots and Common.
The duo will visit universities and community centers across the country - visiting 10 cities in 30 days - to perform and take part in conferences discussing race, gender and Cuban culture. As the 20th anniversary of Cuban hip-hop approaches and important economic and social changes are occurring in the country, Obsesión is working hard to use their music and activism to create positive social change.
Their music is heavily focused on social issues - race, gender, poverty, violence, etc. - and looking for constructive solutions to challenges in those areas. One of their recent hits, "Los Pelos (the hair)," encourages people of African descent to embrace their African characteristics. Another, "Si esta es mi mama (if this is my mother)," educates listeners about the need to respect women.
Aside from making music, Obsesión is active in their local communities; organizing art, music and dance lessons, hosting workshops on racism and domestic violence, running donation programs for those most in need and other important initiatives. In addition to lectures and performances, they plan to utilize their trip to visit social service programs and community centers to share their culture and experiences and learn about successful programs that they can bring back to their communities in Cuba.
========================================= WALTER LIPPMANN Los Angeles, California Editor-in-Chief, CubaNews http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CubaNews/ "Cuba - Un Paraíso bajo el bloqueo" =========================================