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Los Rakas - "Soy Raka": SXSW 2011 Showcasing Artist

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Uploaded on Jan 19, 2011

There are groups that come along and change the way we listen, appreciate and connect to music. Hailing from Panama but now residing in California, Los Rakas blends Hip-Hop, Plena, Reggae and Dancehall music with Spanish and English lyricism creating songs
that leave your head noddin' and body rockin.' Los Rakas (DunDun and Rico AKA Filthy Rich) tag team the mic with a tenacity reminiscent of old school veterans in the game and the passion of the newer artists on the scene.

2010 was a flagship year for the group, winning the Latin Alternative Music Conference's (LAMC) Jack Daniel's 'Discovery Artist' prize in New York City (an award that goes to the most promising group at the conference and the first time awarded to an urban group), with endorsements from Gibson Guitar and SHURE; culminating with their breakout performance at The Bowery Ballroom with a 6 piece band. The duo played alongside Manu Chao, Cypress Hill and Erykah Badu at the unprecedented, Smoke Out Festival and opened the 'How The Grouch Stole Christmas' tour in December 2010 for 18 sold-out shows with Living Legend's The Grouch and Rhymesayer's Brother Ali.

Tastemakers like the FADER, XLR8R Magazine, Okayplayer to more traditional outlets like The New York Times & National Geographic have hailed the group. Their hit summer single of 2010, 'Abrazame' ft Favi (Uproot Andy Hold Yuh) {a latin take on the Gyptian 'Hold Yuh' smash} is currently in rotation at 106 KMEL (San Francisco) and La
Mega 97.9 (New York) and spreading fast. The future is bright for this young duo.

RAKA RICH

Born in Northern California, Raka Rich began his international journey early on in life, immediately moving to Panama City, where he lived until he was 12. From childhood, he was drawn to music and seduced by the variations between sound and rhythm. Soon, his own lyrics spawned, sewing the seeds of an emerging new sound.

RAKA DUN
One of ten children raised in the barrio of Nuevo Veranillo, Panama, Raka Dun (pronounced Doon) of Los Rakas, has his sights firmly set on international stardom. More than just a dream, Panama understands the kind of commitment and hard work it takes to succeed. Raka Dun began entertaining at the age of 10, touring his home country with a traditional folkloric dance group

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