(image by Tragik)Los Rakas. A group after my own musical heart.
I happened upon a performance by these Panamanian Dancehall/Hyphsters at San Francisco's Carnaval this past weekend. Great live energy and they mix the raw elements and influences of two places that are a big influence of mine right now. While a lot of the songs on the CD are more straight dancehall, I can tell by their performance that they're going to go for a much more fused, personal yet global perspective on the pan-American experience. Check out "Como le hace," produced by Freddy Styles (another one to look out for) on their myspace.
Buy their CD Panabay Twist (Soon?)
(They also have the whole thing for download on the Myspace page.)
(If you're in the Bay Area pick it up at Amoeba Berkeley.)
An interview on Public Radio International
Mi Barrio by Los Rakas (Zshare)