Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

OBSESIÃ"N: Hip Hop from Cuba

November 3rd, 2011 - November 5th, 2011

Location
Tulane University, LBC 1834 Club
Tulane University, LBC The Rat
Dragon’s Den, 435 Esplanade Avenue

OBSESIÓN is a pioneering Cuban hip hop group formed 1996 who, among the most preeminent of Cuba‘€™s rap artists, have long played a leading role in the island‘€™s evolving hip hop movement while helping establish the genre as a legitimate expression of Cuban popular culture. The music of the Havana-based duo of Magia López (MC Magia) and Alexey Rodríguez (El Tipo Este) offers entre into the current complexities of Cuban society, while providing critical perspectives of these realties through lens of race and gender as young Afro-Cubans. Garnering ample international attention, Obsesión has toured in the UK, France, Venezuela, Canada, and the US. Locally, the duo have also invested energies in developing collaborative projects including hosting of Havana‘€™s annual Hip Hop Symposium; a melding of thematic workshops and performances drawing both local and international artists. Obsesión also shares a history of community-based participation with neighborhood organizations, cultural centers, and prisons involving popular education projects. Magia López, moreover, is currently the director of the Cuban Rap Agency, the island‘€™s official state-run institution responsible for the promotion of Cuban hip hop domestically and internationally. As such, Magia offers a unique vantage point as both a female artist and governmental representative vis-à-vis hip hop‘€™s evolving position within rapidly changing Cuba.

Thursday, Nov 3, 4-6 PM – Informal roundtable with the artists in the LBC ‘€œ1834 Club‘€ – faculty involved Lupe Garcia (History), Marilyn Miller (Spanish & Portuguese), and Tomas Montoya Gonzalez (Spanish & Portuguese)

Friday, Nov 4, 7-9 PM – Obsesión concert with invited local musicians in The Rat (DJ spinning to warm up the crowd before performance).

Saturday, Nov 5, 9:30 PM – Show with local MCs at the Dragon‘€™s Den on Esplanade (off Frenchman) as part of the monthly hip hop showcase ($5 cover).

For more information, contact Marc Perry: mperry3@tulane.edu.

Events co-sponsered by: Stone Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, New Orleans Gulf South Center, Newcomb College Institute and the Tulane International Society, African and African Diaspora Studies, and Depts. of Music, Anthropology, and Spanish & Portuguese, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Cuba/Nola.

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