New Report Out: Solidarity Not Charity

March 29, 2021By conrazon

Last week, we launched the report, “Solidarity Not Charity: Arts & Culture Grantmaking in the Solidarity Economy” which was commissioned by Grantmakers in the Arts and written by yours truly and Caroline Woolard. Visit www.art.coop to download the report, executive summary, watch the summary video or join the community!  A big thank you to the … Read More

#NoGoingBack: A COVID-19 Cultural Strategy Activation Guide

July 13, 2020By conrazon

If ever there was a moment for cultural strategy — it’s now. A global pandemic has magnified the flaws of our capitalist system, but, also, the power art and culture to uplift, disrupt and build community. The Center for Cultural Power offers #NoGoingBack: A COVID-19 Cultural Strategy Activation Guide for Artists and Activists to meet the moment. … Read More

Nani Castle’s SIN YORK is Out Now

February 21, 2019By conrazon

“I rule the world when my legs spread apart,” pits Nani Castle on her highly anticipated debut album, SIN YORK, out today. Release party will take place in Brooklyn tomorrow, Friday February 22nd at Baby’s All Right (RSVP). Get SIN YORK on Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music or Soundcloud Produced by longtime musical partner Udachi, Castle offers … Read More

4th Annual La Isla Bonita Festival on Staten Island

August 3, 2018By conrazon

“It’s the first time we were invited to a festival on Staten Island. It’s not a place we would come visit so it was an actual bridging moment here,” said Colombian-born musician Juan Ospina of M.A.K.U*. “What I felt today is an actual bridge of culture in times that we can’t forget our roots.” Thanks … Read More

Video: Sol Life + RPM’s Global Local 2018 at SXSW

April 12, 2018By conrazon

Check out the re-cap from GLOBAL LOCAL at SXSW 2018, a showcase platforming indigenous and new world diasporadical artists resisting cultural assimilation at #SXSW, the belly of the corporate music industry beast. After 6 years of making the space at SXSW and 4 years hosting an official showcase, Sol Collective joined forces with indigenous music … Read More

Future so(u)l from The Philharmonik!

March 1, 2018By conrazon

The Philharmonik is the stage name of Christian Gates, a 24-year-old future soul and R&B artist in Sacramento. He’s earned a reputation for putting on electrifying live performances at Concerts in the Park, Sol Collective, the Tree Tone Records OnTheBlock Party and at venues all over town. His music blends contemporary rap and hip-hop influences … Read More

Mujeres Malas: Bad Women Can Not Be Forgotten

November 22, 2017By conrazon

Congrats to 95 year old bullerengue singer Magin Diaz and the transnational team of collaborators who successfully crowdfunded and released his “El Orisha de la Rosa” album this year. It just won a Latin Grammy for Best Album Packaging. But inside the package, you’ll be inspired by the global collaboration connecting folkloric Colombian music to … Read More

“Mi Raza” video from AfroRazones is an ode to Blackness

August 18, 2017By conrazon

“AfroRazones – a space for Afro-Cuban expression, archiving a Cuban manifestation of Black resistance in 2017 – was born last year inside DJ Jigüe’s Guampara Studios. It was nurtured by a team of Cuban and U.S.-based artists and organizers (including LPZ who produces for Cuban hip-hop luminaries, Danay Suarez and Los Aldeanos) that recognized the impending changes of the current sociopolitical … Read More

Cuba’s Daymé Arocena found her religion through music

June 22, 2017By conrazon

I landed this piece in Public Radio International (PRI’s The World) for Cuban songstress Daymé Arocena in advance of her Summer tour in the US. Check it out in full here! “My link with Santería is more musical,” she says. “I fell in love with Santería music before the religion.” She’s a classical composer and director trained … Read More