Thursday, January 28, 2010
Hanging with the some of the Hip Hop cats in Canoas Brazil. With no ways to understand each others language a cipher started about 1 minute after meeting. i don't know what they were saying but we definitely felt each others energy and ended up hanging and laughing beatboxing saying key words like dilla! then everyone would go AHHHHHH! uber fresh, we ended up hanging all night. Meeting up for some b-ball tomorrow :)
These folks just fed my soul. A community group of afro-brazilians from Sao Paulo who have there own line of clothing they make (even the material to make the gear!) All the loot goes into self sustaining there culture and the designs were DOPE! African images that were placed in the most off the wall parts of the gear and color combos that popped! They were also dancing for the dude with the corn rolls in the back who's name is GOG and is literally one of the most accomplished mc's in Brazil with 9 c.d.'s he's a political cat with a dope stage presence and HELLA cool vibe. 4 different cats described him as "the KRS 1 of brazil" Getting in the studio with him today :)
went and did a workshop with these kids on the outskirts of the city (porto alegre). Crazy! We had a translater (the homie brian) with us and we talked about the struggles we face as artists (and brown people) and as a community and culture... but it really cracked off when they asked us to freestlye next thing you know were beatboxing and these cats were poppin and sliding with HUGE smiles on there faces. what a blessing,I really learned alot. Hip hop and music in general really bridges the gap.
These were more kids from the group. These dudes were mad funny! Everytime the girl who ran the program would come talk to me as soon as she walked away they would start patting me on the back and going "oooooooohhhhh she like she like" and crackin themselves up, they also had a dope dancing style. The crazy thing was how much they were paying attention when we were talking, really listening and trying to soak up the hip hop that was different than the images they had in there heads...
Signing autographs for more youth. I don't know where these 2 kids came from but they had me signing anything they could get there hands on. Watching these 2 take care of each other was dope.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
So we woke up at 3pm went for breakfast and somehow I ended up marching with thousand of folks in Brazil for different social issues. SUPER inspiring seeing all types of people including themselves in the common struggle. I ended up meeting lots of great people including the mayor, after that we wound up at a club late night where Rita J (DOPE femcee from atlanta) rocked and then hit the open mic with some dope local mc's. incredible. here's a couple fliks from the day.
Monday, January 25, 2010
First day in Brazil for the world social forum with Gift of Gab (Blackalicious), Dnae beats, Capitol D and Rita J (All Natural, Chicago) and the homies Travis and Bryan from Hip hop congress and hip hop without borders. hanging in the street, at a BBQ, catching a cipher..goodness. Peep.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
On the road again...Come check me out in your town!
January 22cd 2010 8:00P Crown City Rockers and wallpaper @ UC berkeley, California
January 28th, 2010 2:00P Raashan Ahmad & Gift of Gab @the world social forum in porto alegre Brazil
February 10th, 2010 8:00 pm Raashan Ahmad @ Image V.I.P. Lounge in Sacramento C.A.Sacramento, California
February 12th, 2010 8.00 pm Raashan Ahmad & Coolzey @ Blue Lagoon in Santa Cruz, CA
February 13th, 2010 8.00 pm Raashan Ahmad & Coolzey @ The Whiskey in Los Angeles, CA
February 16th, 2010 8.00 pm Raashan Ahmad & Coolzey @ Boomers for Hip Hop Roots in Las Vegas, NV
February 17th, 2010 7.00 pm Raashan Ahmad & Coolzey @ Solar Culture Gallery in Tucson, AZ
February 18th, 2010 8.00 pm Raashan Ahmad & Coolzey @ Blunt Club in Phoenix, AZ
February 19th, 2010 8.00 pm Raashan Ahmad & Coolzey @ the Mandala Project, 216 Paseo del Canon East, Taos, NM, AZ
February 20th, 2010 8.00 pm Raashan Ahmad & Coolzey @ Corazon in Santa Fe, NM
February 21st, 2010 8.00 pm Raashan Ahmad & Coolzey @ Abbey Theatre in Durango, CO
February 23rd, 2010 8.00 pm Raashan Ahmad & Coolzey @ Bora Bora in Oklahoma City, OK
February 24th, 2010 8.00 pm Raashan Ahmad & Coolzey @ The Cavern in Dallas, TX
February 25th, 2010 8.00 pm Raashan Ahmad & Coolzey @ Headhunters in Austin, TX
February 26th, 2010 8.00 pm Raashan Ahmad & Coolzey @ TBA in Houston, TX
February 27th, 2010 8.00 pm Raashan Ahmad & Coolzey @ Hi Ho Lounge in New Orleans, LA
March 13th, 2010 8.00 pm Raashan Ahmad & Coolzey @ Blue Moose Tap in Iowa City, IA
March 14th, 2010 9.00 pm Raashan Ahmad & Coolzey @ Reggies in Chicago, IL
March 17th, 2010 8.00 pm Raashan Ahmad & Coolzey @ Vivo's in Fairfield, IA
March 18th, 2010 8.00 pm Raashan Ahmad & Coolzey @ Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines, IA
March 19th, 2010 8.00 pm Raashan Ahmad & Coolzey @ Marcy Projects in Omaha, NE
March 20th, 2010 8.00 pm Raashan Ahmad & Coolzey @ Highbury in Milwaukee, WI
April 24th, 2010 9.00 pm Raashan Ahmad & Moar in St Nazaire, France
April 30th, 2010 9.00 pm Raashan Ahmad & Moar in Le Havre, France