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Los Rakas

Hip-Hop/Rap

Oakland CA

43909

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Los Rakas represent pan-American flows. Two cousins who grew up in Panama before spending their teens in Oakland, Dun Dun and Rico put a distinctive "Panabay" twist on hip-hop and reggae, bridging the streetwise sounds of the places they've called home. Drawing on Panamanian plena's faithful approach to reggae classics and the Bay Area's independent and idiosyncratic hip-hop scene, Los Rakas merge familiar dancehall melodies with a lyricism all their own. The approach is audible on their 2010 standout, "Abr¡zame" ft Favi (Uproot Andy Hold Yuh) translating and transforming worldwide hit, Gyptian's "Hold Yuh" with vivid portraits of local love and drama. Thanks to their sustained hustle and creative efforts, Los Rakas have been embraced all over: in the Bay and back in Panama, at local hip-hop rallies and global bass parties. Looking to reach new listeners and never out of place, they tour widely, appearing alongside underground hip-hop mainstays like Brother Ali, Latin rap luminaries like Bocafloja and Mala Rodriquez, and rising reggae star Collie Buddz. Critically acclaimed and blog favorites, Los Rakas keep on top of their game by releasing a steady stream of tracks, remixes, mixtapes, and videos, and expanding their circle of collaborators to include the Austrian aggro-dancehall of Stereotyp and the electro-tropicalia of New York's Uproot Andy. Working the flexible idioms of hip-hop and dancehall into their own pliant medium, Rico and Dun Dun channel Afrodiasporic dance currents to reflect on race and racism, poverty and violence, love and pride, partying, and the sundry stuff of everyday life. 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 boys, dancers and romancers, mainlanders and islanders and isthmus folk alike. RAKA RICH Born in Northern California, Raka Rich began his international journey early on in life, immediately moving to Panama City, where he lived until he was 12. From childhood, he was drawn to music and seduced by the variations between sound and rhythm. Soon, his own lyrics spawned, sewing the seeds of an emerging new sound. RAKA DUN One of ten children raised in the barrio of Nuevo Veranillo, Panama, Raka Dun (pronounced Doon) of Los Rakas, has his sights firmly set on international stardom. More than just a dream, Panama understands the kind of commitment and hard work it takes to succeed. Raka Dun began entertaining at the age of 10, touring his home country with a traditional folkloric dance group

Music Video

Time

Friday March 18

10:00PM

Venue

Venue 222

21+

222 E 6th St

Online

losrakas.bandcamp.com

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