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Rael da Rima

18 Jul

Dear World,

There is someone I’d like you to meet.

I was introduced to him last fall, on my first-ever trip to the beautiful city of Montreal. Cuban rap duo, Obsesión, was in town for an event called Afro-Latin Soul, and I made the trip with some friends.

Even though it was late and we were ready for bed, we went straight to the event that night. And that’s where I experienced the music of self-taught,  extremely impressive, multi-instrumentalist emcee, Rael da Rima.

As a member of hip hop group, Pentagono, Rael has performed for large crowds across Brazil and Europe. In 2005 he was asked to participate in an international documentary called Global Lives as one of ten disenfranchised people from around the world whose lives were documented for 24 hours. His bio also states:

“Rael launched his first reggae-hip-hop single “Trabalhador” in 2009 leading up to the release of his first album MP3 (Musica popular do tercer mundo) which translates into Popular Music from the Third World in June of 2010. Distributed by Brazil’s largest independent distributer Tratore, Rael’s unique blend of Brazilian reggae-hip hop-soul will soon available online to international crowds.”

Ladies and gentlemen, in his own words, Rael da Rima…


Estilo Hip Hop Screening: Feb. 25, 2009

25 Feb

If you’re in the New York area, check out a screening of the film, Estilo Hip Hop, followed by a Q&A with directors Loira Limbal and Vee Bravo.

Synopsis (from official site): Estilo Hip Hop is a feature length documentary that chronicles the lives of three hip hop enthusiasts from Brazil, Chile, and Cuba who firmly believe that hip hop can change the world. As we delve into the lives of Eli Efi, Guerrillero Okulto, and Magia, we learn of three inspirational leaders responsible for mobilizing young people to become politically active. However, the personal issues affecting the three protagonists prove to be as overwhelming as the challenges posed by their political work. As the stakes assume a greater risk, Eli Efi, Guerrillero, and Magia make life-altering decisions that ultimately impact the course of their lives and that of the hip hop movement.

Date/Time: Wed. Feb. 25, 2009, 7:00pm
Location: 92YTribeca, 200 Hudson Street
Venue: 92YTribeca Screening Room
Price: $12.00

Click here for tickets and more information.