Straight from the Island, a night of Cuban Music and Film to take place April 29, 2013
Ni Rojo, Ni Verde, Azul! Cuban Documentary Screening followed by performances by independent Cuban artists Doble Filo and Ms. Yua - GBass Beats.
The purpose of the presentation is to foster a better understanding of the independent music, art and cultural movements in Cuba and to highlight the challenges its members face.
Subtitled in English, the 30-minute documentary is the story of the events that occurred in 2010 around the 13th annual, independently organized Rotilla Music Festival. The film recounts what happened when Cuban government authorities intervened in the organizing of this independent event, effectively making it impossible for the festival to proceed as planned.
The event is presented by Matraka Productions with collaboration and support from Blackbird Ordinary, the venue hosts, AcidFeed, who will do live streaming via social media, and Ms. Commish, the event master of ceremonies.
About Matraka Productions
Founded in 2006, Matraka Productions is one of the first cultural promoters dedicated to producing independent events in Cuba, with the aim of supporting emerging artistic and musical talent. Matraka Productions also organizes the annual Rotilla Festival, which is a free, non-profit and independently run event that takes place in the province of Havana in Cuba.
About Doble Filo
Doble Filo, is a Cuban hip-hop band formed in 1995 and composed of Yrak Saenz, Edgaro aka Edgar Gonzalez. Their sound is described as experimental hip-hop with a feel-good vibe. Members rap over a backdrop that shifts from drum and bass to techno. Through their music, Doble Filo also aims to improve social conditions by encouraging listeners to find themselves. The members veer away from lyrics that advocate violence or belittle women. Their main philosophy is avoiding negativity.
About GBass Beats
GBass Beats is a group of 10 independent women DJ’s in Cuba who aim to leave each audience creative food for thought and involve the public in a sensory experience through music. GBass aims to inspire other young women to develop their musical creativity and explore becoming disk jockeys as a means of self-expression.
For additional information about the event or its organizers, please visithttp://rotillafestival.com/