Because it’s Friday, I wanted to post something fun for this first weekend of the new year. Enter Very Be Carefuland a single from their latest album,¿Remember Me From The Party? released on October 9th of last year. VBC’s 6th studio album features the Los Angeles-based quintet exploring the roots of authentic vallenato music in their characteristic style that’s at the same time respectful of the Afro-Colombian traditions while adding high-octane doses of punk unpredictability to the mix.
Inspired by their parents record collection, brothers Arturo and Ricardo Guzmán, Dante Ruiz, Craig Martin, and Richi Panta founded Very Be Careful and set out to play exclusively accordion-driven Colombian vallenato back in 1997, ages before cumbia crossed over to the cosmopolitan crowds of the northern hemisphere. Keeping true to the original mission 15 years later with the same five original members of the band they have toured the US and the world as the undisputable ambassadors of the genre.
On their newest album they include five covers of classic Colombian vallenatos and seven original compositions with topics such as “a mosquito that bites you at night and needs to be killed”. Today though we want to share with you the new MP3 of “El Millonario” which is also being released on 7 inch vinyl on January 8th on Steady Beat Recordings.
Last night at around 5pm in East Harlem (El Barrio), two members of my group The Welfare Poets (Michael Pacheco - The Legendary M.I.C. andKeith Hughes - Dahu Alah), along with their film crew Ricky Turner andWander Acosta (who are also members of the Hip Hop group Lower Class Citizens) were arrested while filming a music video at the NYCHA’s James Weldon Jefferson Houses by NYPD for criminal trespassing a misdemeanor. Additionally Iz The Truth (Isreal Balleto) of Guerrilla Republik (a progressive Hip Hop clothing company and organization in which the Welfare Poets are directly a part of) and Boom Box were also arrested. The Welfare Poets were filming footage for an upcoming music video.
In a case like this, anyone arrested is booked at the NYPD Service Area #5 and sent downtown to Manhattan Central Booking to be processed, and for a misdemeanor a normal person would be out in less than 24 hours. Although this might be the case for The two Welfare Poets and the others who were with them, what makes what happened here diiferent is when they were all initially stopped by the cops, the police officers said they would probably be given a summons and released without going to the precinct. Once the cops found out that the collective were part of The Welfare Poets, the officers started claiming that the group was connected to Los Macheteros and how they knew about them (The Welfare Poets) — how they have been surveilling the collective. The officers called their sergeant and it was decided to arrest the six and take them to the precinct to be booked and eventually downtown to be processed thru central booking and face an arraignment judge.
Los Macheteros (Machete-Wielders) are a clandestine militant organization based on the island of Puerto Rico. They campaign for, and support, the decolonization and independence of Puerto Rico from the United States. In 1983, Los Macheteros were accused of stealing approximately $7 million from a Wells Fargo depot in West Hartford, Connecticut. The money obtained from this operation was allegedly used to help fund the Puerto Rican independence movement. On September 23rd 2005, the FBI assassinated its leader, Filiberto Ojeda Rios claiming it was an attempt to serve an arrest warrant on him, who the surrounded his house in Hormigueros, Puerto Rico.
The Welfare Poets are long time community activist and educators in addition to being artists committed to addressing and improving the conditions of oppressed people everywhere. Their unwavering commitment has made them targets over the years to units like the Hip Hop Police and the NYPD in general. Whether at a rally, on death row, in a school or the community in general, The Welfare Poets have been there for all without compromise.
It’s been a minute since we’ve had a giveaway here on VivirLatino and I’m happy to offer this one up from one of my favorite hot spots in my home city of NYC, SOB’s (that stands for Sounds of Brazil malpensados).
The former All-Stars of the Tito Puente Orchestra, now performing as The Mambo Legends Orchestra, will grace the S.O.B.’s Salsa Groove series on Friday, November 16. And if you like that classic mambo sound from the 50′s and 60′s you’ll love hearing them and dancing to them.
VivirLatino is giving away a pair of tickets. Keep reading to find out how you can win.
Led by Tito Puente veterans, John ‘Dandy’ Rodriguez, Mitch Frohman and musically directed by Jose Madera, The Mambo Legends Orchestra will be performing the classic sounds of the “Palladium” era, with classics representing the bands of Tito Puente, Machito, Tito Rodriguez, and Mambo Legends originals. The Orchestra has successfully kept the sound of the Big 3 alive and well, while allowing for its progression by working with new musical concepts. Their latest album, “Watch Out/Ten Cuidao”, has been nominated for this year’s Best Salsa Album Latin Grammy Award in the Tropical Category.
Now I remember the Palladium before it was an NYU dorm. I was too young to dance there but my mom wasn’t I remember nights of her going out there to dance. I also by chance ended up hearing some of their Latin Grammy nominated album and it really does capture the essence of old school mambo/salsa but without feeling outdated. In other words, it made me want to move.
Wanna hear for yourself. SOB’s was kind enough to offer us a pair of tickets to give to you, VivirLatino readers. All we need from you is a comment below with a valid email address so we can gibe you the details if you win.
And apologies but you have to be over 21 to get into the club.
If you are in Los Angeles looking for something to do tonight for Dia de Los Muertos, Los Rakas is @ The Troubadourwhile on the Collie Buddz ‘Dark N’ Stormy‘ Tour (running through mid-November nationwide). Raka Rich & Raka Dun hit at 9 PM TONIGHT - see what all the fuss is about LIVE!
Mexican Institute of Sound (M.I.S) aka Camilo Lara just released a new DJ set to be featured on KCRW with host Raul Campos in the context of talking about the current music scene in Mexico City. In the mix below you can hear some classic M.I.S as well as some new beats.
KCRW is one of new favorite stations since moving here to Los Angeles because of the music they feature. Mexican Institute of Sound will be spinning at the KCRW Masquerade Ball at Park Plaza, Saturday October 27th.
Mexican Institute of Sound will also be performing live with the full band on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic on Tuesday October 30th.
LA Weekly recently debuted the music video “Es-Toy” from Mexican Institute of Sound. You can download a mix of the track below. The new M.I.S. album ‘Politico’ is now available on iTunes, Amazon and the Nacional store, where the CD comes with a free bonus 7″ flexidisc record.
I love me some Ana Tijoux. Part of it may be my latent Chile fetish. Another part of it may be just how on point her lyrics are and how real she keeps it integrating politics with her music. This is not a fad for her.
The beginning of this track Volver is haunting and the entire thing is unlike anything we’ve seen Tijoux do before.
The video below debuted on OkayPlayer, and was directed by B+ from Mochilla, the man responsible for iconic album covers from DJ Shadow, Mos Def, RZA, Eazy E, J Dilla, Damian Marley and many more.
The video was filmed in Medellin, Colombia while Ana Tijoux was visiting Quantic to participate in the Ondatropica recording sessions in the historic Disco Fuentes Studios. The video’s song ‘Volver’ was recently featured on Giles Peterson’s Brownswood Bubbler’s summer compilation and originally appeared on Tijoux’s newest album ‘La Bala’ which was nominated last week for a Latin GRAMMY for ‘Best Urban Album.’
If anyone has seen me with my well worn Nacional Records tee shirt, they can tell how much I really like the label and the Latin@ alternative and rock music they put out.
Well Nacional Records if offering a a free download of their new 20 song label sampler, featuring music from our most popular new releases from the last year including songs from Astro (who were featured in this Sunday’s New York Times), Mexican Institute Of Sound (new video recently debuted at LA Weekly), Tom Tom Club (new video just launched atRolling Stone), plus Nacional’s two 2012 Latin GRAMMY nominees announced earlier this week): Ana Tijouxand Kinky.