Time: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 · 8:00pm – 11:00pm
Location: Federation Hall, 200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1
Facebook Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/event.php?eid=116609755073372
For one night only on January 19, in the Tri-City, the Red Path Society and SFPR, in cooperation with BASICS Community News Service and Barrio Nuevo from Toronto, will be bringing you the renowned political hip-hop trio Rebel Diaz!
Rebel Diaz is based out of the Bronx and Chicago. It consists of Teresita Ayala (Lah Tere) and brothers Rodrigo Venegas (RodStarz) and Gonzalo Venegas (G1).
The children of Chilean activists, RodStarz and G1 grew up in Chicago’s North Side, and Lah Tere was raised in Humboldt Park, Chicago. Rebel Diaz identify with and position themselves within a history of political resistance through music, specifically citing the Nueva canción movement.
Although Rebel Diaz met in Chicago, Illinois, Rebel Diaz was not born until the three moved to the Bronx – the birthplace of hip hop – to continue their political activism through hip hop. Rebel Diaz see themselves as reclaiming hip hop as a tool in the larger struggle against oppression. RodStarz and G1 work with youth in the South Bronx, teaching them to use music to express themselves. In March 2009, Rebel Diaz opened the Rebel Diaz Arts Collective, a community arts center that includes a performance space, a multimedia studio, a computer lab, and an art gallery located in an abandoned warehouse in the South Bronx.
The show will also feature performances by local radical spoken word artists and rock musicians. It will be held at Federation Hall on the University of Waterloo campus. Tickets will be 10$.
About Red Path:
The Red Path Society is a new radical collective being built as a tool for social action and political education in the Tri-City area in south west Ontario. New members, allies, and guests are requested to contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our effort is largely born out of many years of frustration with the existing channels for dialogue, political activism, and academic radicalism. We are single-mothers, students with debt up to our eyeballs, Natives, members of the queer-and-trans community, immigrants and refugees, the unemployed and underemployed. Amongst us, we have Atheists and the Uncertain, we have devout Muslims and Christians, Sikhs and Jews, people of faith, people of colour, and people of all walks of life.
We are divorced from the worst of the mainstream, but compassionately in love with the regular folks at its core.
We are intimately bound to the working class, by blood and sincerity, by experience and history. Our common struggle is to build a better world, to take small steps towards a bigger dream.
Our motivations may be diverse, but fairness and justice unify our positions.