Los Rakas represent pan-American flows. Two cousins who grew up in Panama before spending their teens in Oakland, California, Raka Dun and Raka Rich 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.
Thursday March 22, 2012 $12-$20 sliding scale – 7:30pm @ La Peña Cultural Center
Bocas Radioactivas is a special benefit event celebrating Afro-Latino culture, immigrant rights and Spanglish spoken word and hip-hop. Featuring: Los Rakas with HBO Def Poets: Paul S. Flores, Mark Gonzales, Emanuel Xavier and special guests Sandra Garcia-Rivera, Adrian Arancibia and DJ Leydis. A benefit for U.S. based Latino spoken word poets seeking support to travel to Cuba to participate in the Havana International Poetry Festival.