Description, from Alma Moyó director Alex Lasalle: "We as Children of the African Diaspora have the mission to always preserve our customs, beliefs, and ways of life. La Bomba being Puerto Rico's oldest living cultural tradition is Alma Moyo's Cosmic Mission. It is the reason for us doing what we do. Let us join in as a community, as a family, to celebrate at Camaradas Bar & Restaurant our Afro-Boricua/Afro-Caribbean Legacy to the sounds of Soul Stirring Drums, Uplifting Songs, and Captivating Dances. $5 Cover."
I have the honor of presenting the book I just co-edited titled Reggaeton (Duke University Press, 2009) alongside the documentary Estilo Hip-Hop on Friday, July 17, 2009 at 7 PM. The event is part of a series organized by the Latino Artists Round Table at the Barnes & Noble at Lincoln Triangle (66 Street and Broadway).
Estilo Hip-Hop is a powerful documentary that chronicles the lives of three hip-hop enthusiasts from Chile, Cuba and Brazil, focusing on the ways that art and youth politics connect. It will be airing nationally on Global Voices on PBS WORLD on Sunday June 28, 2009. Here's the trailer:
Reggaeton is the anthology I co-edited with Wayne Marshall and Deborah Pacini Hernandez that explores reggaeton’s local roots and its transnational dissemination. The book also discusses the genre’s aesthetics, particularly in relation to those of hip-hop and reggae; and explores the debates about race, nation, gender, and sexuality generated by the music and its associated cultural practices.
From hip-hop to reggaeton, this July 17th event will be devoted to Latin American and Latino youth culture, popular music, politics and education.
I am extremely happy that my co-presenters that night will be the Estilo Hip-Hop directors, Loira Limbal and Vee Bravo, fellow beat junkies who love music just as much as they love the dreams of freedom that music can inspire.