Bay Area duo Los Rakas has been releasing tracks since members and cousins Raka Rich and Raka Dun were in their teens. In 2010 they were the darlings of alternative Latin music conference LAMC, and last August they released their “formal” debut, the vibrant EP Chancletas y CamisetasBordada.In this interview for Contraportada, the Panama-raised cousins talked about their musical origins, their endless work flow, and the capacity to move from Plena-infused future bass to romantic R&B.
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Chilean writer and NYU professor Lina Meruane came to Contraportada to talk about her new novel, Sangre en el ojo, a semi-biographical (she won’t tell how much) tale on a Chilean writer named Lina Meruane who loses her sight while living in New York.
In recent years, Cuban percussionist Pedrito Martínez has become one of the most active Latino musicians in the city. Besides playing his drums for numerous other musicians, he has formed a band of his own Pedrito Martínez Group. With this outfit, he has created a devoted following the old fashioned way: playing energetic weekly gigs at Cuban restaurant/club Guantanamera in Manhattan.
In this interview, Pedrito an piano player Axel Toscas talk about their music, and having fans such as Eric Clapton and John Scofield. [WATCH]
Calle 13 came to Contraportada a few days before the official release of their much-anticipated fourth album, Entren Los Que Quieran. On their second visit to the show, Residente and Visitante talked about the process of creating the album while insisting on their political commitment.