Havana Hip Hop Group Obsesión Discusses Hip Hop, Race, and Gender in Cuba

Thursday, Apr 13, 2017 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Obsesión, a Havana-based hip hop group, formed in 1996 as a collaboration between Magia López and Alexey “el tipo este” Rodriguez. In 2013 they were joined by DJ Lino, who previously worked with Cuban hip hop group Hermanzos. They’ve released two full-length albums, Un Monton de Cosas (2000) and El Disco Negro (2011), in addition to side and solo projects including La Fabri-K and numerous guest appearances and compilation features. Magia and Alexey are deeply embedded in their communities and organize cultural/educational dialogues and events that are distinct from their performances as Obsesión. They also form part of the collective Club del Espendrú, which empowers Afrocuban culture and business in Havana. They are one of the most well-respected and longest-running hip hop groups in Cuba.

In this event, Obsesión will engage the audience in a conversation on hip hop as it relates to race and culture in Cuba. Be sure to come out; ¡porque va a ser divertido e informativo!

Co-sponsored by the UCLA Latin American Institute, Program on Caribbean Studies, and Chicano Studies Research Center; moderated by Professor Aisha Finch of the UCLA Departments of African American Studies and Gender Studies.

Refreshments will be served.