12-14-2006, 05:21 AM
Join Date: Dec 2003
Our Latin Thing . . . ¡Que Viva La Raza! :: 12/27
As a follow-up to their most recent, culturally-charged event, the folks at RAZA have put together an event for December’s holiday “festividades” that will be sure to ease one into the new year with the fun, flair and fanfare that this monthly event is quickly becoming known for.
This after work “hangeo” will continue to infuse their fans with a zest for “baile” and will feature two sons of New York: Bryan Vargas & ¡Ya Está! with their “Afro Latin Soul” rhythms, and DJ David Medina (Bembe/Baraza) spinning his blend of Cuban, Latin, Brazilian, African, and funk.
Bryan Vargas & ¡Ya Está! invoke the spirits with the sounds of Rumba, Mambo and Son in what can be best classified as “new school Latino groove.” ¡Ya Está! have performed in front of capacity crowds at Central Park Summerstage; Prospect Park Bandshell; The Knitting Factory; SOB’s and many more. Their debut CD, aptly named “Afro Latin Soul”, was released Summer 2004, and was produced by Latin jazz great Arturo O’Farrill.
“…imagine Jimi Hendrix jamming with the Buena Vista Social Club. If you believe that great music begins at a popular level, then you should listen to Bryan Vargas & ¡Ya Está!” - NY Newsday.
Providing the musical selection for the evening is DJ David Medina. Considered by many to be a musicologist, Medina is a veritable renaissance man as seen in his extensive (and impressive!!!) list of artistic accomplishments. He has been spinning Cuban, Brazilian, African, tropical and world music in New York City since 1995 and has played internationally since then. His passion for Cuban music marks him among the foremost experts in the music of Cuba, which receives little, if any, airplay and is rarely played in clubs throughout the United States.
The evening at RAZA will commence with a (mute) screening of the film “Our Latin Thing” (Nuestra Cosa). This musical documentary recalls the exciting lifestyle of New York’s Latino’s during the early 1970’s. All this to say: Get there early!!!!
This third installment of RAZA will be held at Cielo… in the - oh so - fashionable meat packing district. It is the only event/party of it’s kind in this area of the city... it’s “Our Latin Thing”... it’s our RAZA!!!
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
6 - 11pm
$5 before 7pm
$10 with flyer or RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
$15 at the door
18 Little West 12th Street
Between Washington & 9th Avenue, NYC
A,C,E,1,2,3;L to 14th Street
Raza is a Spanish phrase which, while literally translated as the race, is used as a synonym of "el pueblo" or "la gente", both of which mean "the people". It is used to denote the people of Latin America who share the cultural & political legacies of Spanish colonialism. Often, the term "La Raza" also encompasses a racial significance associated with "mestizaje", or race-mixing. In the 1960s, ethnically-based political movements for civil rights used "La Raza" to break down the national & generational barriers between the various segments of the Latino population.