San Francisco Brindo por “El Aguante” En #MultiviralTour


Escenario Calle 13

El escenario listo para recibir a Calle 13 en the Warfield de San Francisco, Calif., el viernes, 10 de octubre del 2014. (Fotografía por: Natalie Rodriguez)

Ni la visita del Presidente Obama al área de la bahía pudo impedir que el Warfield de la Ciudad de San Francisco se llenara para brindar por “El Aguante.” Calle 13 llego desde Puerto Rico con una explosión de talento en su gira Multiviral.

Multiviral es la quinta producción discográfica de la agrupación Boricua bajo su propio sello, El Abismo. La producción del disco corrió a cuenta de Eduardo Cabra, mejor conocido como Visitante.  El álbum salió a la venta el 1o de marzo del 2014. Cuenta con grandes colaboraciones como lo son las de Eduardo Galeano, Silvio Rodríguez, y Julian Assange entre otros talentos.

La cita para iniciar el concierto era para las 8:00 p.m., sin embargo, la visita de Obama ocasiono que no solo los asistentes del concierto llegaran con retraso, si no también impidió que Residente, Visitante y la PG-13 llegaran a tiempo a su propio concierto ya que se encontraban hospedados en el mismo hotel que el presidente.

Jovenes Calle 13

Josué (20), Sergio (20) y Orlando (18) esperaron desde las 6:00 p.m. y manejaron diez horas para ver a sus ídolos de Calle 13 en primera fila en the Warfield de San Francisco, Calif., el viernes, 10 de octubre del 2014. (Fotografía por: Natalie Rodriguez)

En la espera y entre la multitud tan diversa conocimos a Orlando de 18 años, Sergio de 20, y Josué de 20. Tres jóvenes que viajaron diez horas desde Oregon para estar presentes en su primer concierto de Calle 13. Los tres alineados en primera fila admiten que mientras ellos estaban presentes en el teatro desde las 6:00 p.m., sus padres ni idea tenían de que habían viajado tan lejos para ver a sus ídolos.

Al preguntarles que en donde pensaban sus padres que están, respondieron los tres muchachos, “¡en la escuela!” ya que los tres estudian en Oregon State University. Sergio admite orgulloso que su hermano se casa al día siguiente y que no llegara a dicha boda. Jamás habían hecho un viaje tan largo para asistir a un concierto, sin embargo Orlando nos explica que tenían que asistir puesto a que es lo mas cerca que a llegado Calle 13 de Oregon y aman las letras de Residente por que el dice las cosas sin tomar en cuenta las opiniones de los demás.

Residente Calle 13

René Pérez Joglar, mejor conocido como Residente, vocalista de Calle 13 cantando en the Warfield de San Francisco, Calif., el viernes, 10 de octubre del 2014. (Fotografía por: Natalie Rodriguez)

¡Momentos después de conversar con los jóvenes estalla la bomba que es Calle 13! En esta gira es imposible no contagiarse de la “Fiesta de Locos” y si “aquí se baila como bailan los pobres,” ¡que rico! Como el buen amante de su publico que es, Residente explico la razón de la demora y se disculpo antes de brindar por “El Aguante.”

Los buenos conocedores de Calle 13 no se sorprenden de que la energía de ritmos y bailes tan contagiosos que ofrece la agrupación, esta cargada de mensajes de concientización política, pasión y amor. Sin embargo, al ver el rostro de Residente interpretando sus canciones y exponiendo sus introducciones a ellas se le nota un brillo especial, una nueva cualidad. Es notorio ver su pasión por la vida elevada a un exponente nuevo; el nuevo sentimiento encontrado tras sus letras; enamorado como posiblemente nunca lo había estado. En este Residente nuevo, vemos el orgullo, coraje y valor de un padre. Hace apenas dos meses que nació su primogénito Milo o “Saltarín.”

Visitante Calle 13

Eduardo Cabra, mejor conocido como Visitante, músico y productor de Calle 13 haciendo coros y tocando en the Warfield de San Francisco, Calif., el viernes, 10 de octubre del 2014. (Fotografía por: Natalie Rodriguez)

Entre el romanticismo y amor de “Beso de Desayuno” y “Ojos Color Sol,” Residente nos recuerda que “No podemos morir haciendo lo que no nos gusta,” y nos invita a darle “La Vuelta al Mundo.”

Pero el mensaje de Calle 13 va mas allá del amor y de la critica social. Sus letras, y aun mas sus acciones son en realidad una llamada, un grito, a la acción. “Multiviral” el primer sencillo del disco con el mismo nombre fue escrita en la embajada Ecuatoriana en Londres junto al periodista Australiano y fundador de WikiLeaks, Julian Assange. Incluye la participación de la vocalista y escritora Palestina Kamilya Jubran y el guitarrista Americano de Rage Against the Machine, Tom Morello. Para introducir su éxito Residente lo hace en ingles, haciendo énfasis en lo importante que es que todo el mundo comprenda el mensaje del tema y pide “paz para Palestina!”

Tras pedir la paz en Palestina, nos recuerda a los estudiantes “en especial los que han desaparecido en México” y les dedica el tema “Calma Pueblo.” En septiembre, desaparecieron 43 estudiantes de la Escuela Normal Rural de Ayotzinapa en Guerrero, México.

PG-13 y Residente 4

PG-13 y Residente de Calle 13 brindando por “El Aguante” en the Warfield de San Francisco, Calif., el viernes, 10 de octubre del 2014. (Fotografía por: Natalie Rodriguez

La ultima llamada de acción de Residente fue antes de cantar el himno “Latinoamérica,” pues anuncio que había gente colectando firmas para la liberación de Oscar López, preso político que a estado encarcelado en Estados Unidos por 33 años por luchar por la liberación de Puerto Rico según Residente.

Imposible no salir contagiados del virus de camaradería de esta gira Multiviral. Al salir, nos encontramos asistentes hablando Ingles, Español y otros tantos idiomas. Los acentos de ambos idiomas tan variados como los rostros de los asistentes desde los mas jóvenes hasta los mas maduros.

El álbum y fechas del resto de la gira están disponibles a través de lacalle13.com. ¡No te pierdas de la oportunidad de vivir esta experiencia en carne propia!

 

Agradecimientos especiales a Goldenvoice y el equipo de Prensa y Comunicaciones de Calle 13.




Scratchface DJ Hosts Bilingual ‘80s Back Room


ScratchFace DJ Hosts Bilingual ’80s Back Room from Natalie Rodriguez on Vimeo.

On Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, Juan Josafat Ajoleza, local disc jockey known as ScratchFace DJ, hosted the bilingual electronic music event ‘80s Back Room at the Kupe Lounge in Hayward, Calif. Entrance to the lounge is free, however, for a five-dollar cover fee attendants were able to enjoy a mix of Spanish and English pop and rock music from the ‘80s decade in the back room.

The doors to the back room opened at 9 p.m. A steady flow of attendants began arriving at approximately 10:30 p.m. Before entering the back room to dance and witness Ajoleza’s performance, most attendants lounged at the bar having drinks. The bar closed at midnight.

The night’s repertory included a mix of artist like Pat Benatar, Thomas Dolby, Starship and Guns N’ Roses in English; sprinkled with artist like Soda Estereo, Timbiriche and Vilma Palma in Spanish.

Ajoleza claims that his alter ego, the Soul Warrior, is a result of him overcoming personal and professional obstacles. He says, “to have what I have you gotta [sic] be strong enough, and not just love music, but you know, have a soul, which is a warrior soul, because [I] like to fight for things.” The Soul Warrior makes his appearance when Ajoleza puts on his feathered headphones. “I use feathers on my headphones and that represents my soul,” says Ajoleza, “And I do that because I want to make people feel what I feel, but at the same time, have fun at it.”

Although the feathers did not come out between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m., Ajoleza performed even while there were only four people in the room at the beginning of the event.

The ‘80’s Back Room event took place on the Labor Day weekend in which the Bay Bridge, which connects San Francisco and Oakland, was closed for repairs.  Aug. 30 was also the beginning of the California Highway Patrol’s annual Labor Day weekend campaign against driving under the influence.




Citlalli Odette Coria: Dancing “underdog” from Oakland


Citlalli Odette Coria is a 14-year-old dancer from Oakland, Calif. Her inspiration lies in her environment, her friends and family. She began dancing at the age of seven, competing at the age of 10, and taking private dance lessons at the age of 11. She has competed approximately 15 times and placed first several times. She finds beauty in her city, where other’s may not see it and considers herself to be the “underdog” when she shows up to competitions where others who are there to compete come from “nice places,” while she comes from a city with a “bad” reputation.

Oakland dancer, Citlalli Odette Coria, Talks About Accomplishments and Confidence from Natalie Rodriguez on Vimeo.

Her short hair flares out. Although her black, thick-rimmed glasses compliment her style, they may be one of the tactics a shy, 14-year-old girl uses to hide curious, glowing eyes. She applies her red lipstick with great care, looking at herself through the side mirror of a car in her family’s driveway. When she speaks, she does so with conviction and when she dances, the world is her own. Dancing she says has given her confidence. Confidence to speak and the confidence to dress as she pleases. She’s one of the middle children of Fidel and Dulce Coria and has three older siblings and a younger one.

She began dancing at the age of seven, which is her youngest sister’s age. In 2008 she began competing at the age of 10.  When she began taking private lessons at 11 she says that her competitions “began getting serious.” Coria has been taking lessons from the same instructor, Amy Lee Danya for years. “She has been teaching me from day one, she was my first dance teacher and I’m so thankful [that] she is still my teacher and friend,” says Coria.

She doesn’t remember how many competitions she has participated in, she estimates “about 15” in total.  “She was going to go to nationals,” says mom, “but she hurt herself.” Nationals were going to be held in Disneyland this summer and Coria did not attend due to an injured hip. “Being silly” is what mom says Coria was doing when she injured herself. With every trophy and award that Citlalli shows, mom knows exactly what competition it was from and when it took place, despite the fact that she is multitasking in the background.

She’s not quite sure where all of her trophies are. She knows they’re safely put away. “To be honest for competitions I don’t really give much feeling for my trophies I mean there a remembrance of what I accomplish but it doesn’t really define my feeling over dance.”

Competitions Citlalli has participated in:

Nexstar National Talent Competition 2011, First Place

Kids Artistic Revue (KAR) National Dance Competition, Placed First twice

Show Stopper Competition 2013, Double Platinum award

Oakland, Calif., is a city that receives a lot of negative attention. In a 24-hour period three people lost their lives, victims of violence on the weekend of August 17th. Coria describes her neighborhood as “beaten down” with “closed down factories,” garbage, and graffiti. However, despite the negatives, she manages to find inspiration in her city and is grateful for the colorful graffiti, which she says, adds a “nice texture” to her neighborhood.

Dancer, Citlalli Odette Coria, Finds Inspiration in Oakland from Natalie Rodriguez on Vimeo.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that the physical activity of children and teens has many health benefits including building healthy bones and muscles, improving self-esteem and reducing stress, Coria agrees. The Dana Foundation has found evidence that dancing has effects on the brain that can enhance learning in academic subjects as well.

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“Recycled Music” and Copyright


Recently, internationally recognized music icon, Will.i.Am has caught some attention for something other than his music; he has found himself in the middle of a copyright dispute.  Local musician Matt Gonzales says, “music in general has been recycled for years,” however he also believes that there are some instances in which borrowing music can be problematic. For instance, “If you take something and make it your own and say it’s your own then I would find a problem with that.”

Copyright is more than the © icon that you see in many places including websites, books and CD’s. Copyright is the protection of published and unpublished work that you have created through any concrete form of expression. Gonzales is not only a local musician who has registered his own songs in the past. He is also a promoter, technician and producer. To him, copyright “just means being able to protect your creations, your artistic creations. Whether that be music or art or anything like that.” In his opinion what you are protecting your work from is others who could potentially make large amounts of money off of it or claim it as their own.

Arty and Mat Zo of the record label Anjunabeats have accused Will.i.Am of using their song “Rebound” on the song “Let’s Go” which features Chris Brown. Gonzales admits to sampling music himself, but always giving credit where it is due. “Everyone’s gonna sample, I do a lot of sampling stuff with music and I see no problem with this just because your getting the music out there, I mean, as long as you credit it.” In a statement released by Anjunabeats this past week, one of the claims that they make is that while Arty was “credited in the sleeve notes,” Mat Zo was not. The statement goes on to make clear that giving credit “is not the same as obtaining permission.” Gonzales believes that “If you’re making serious money off of it, then hey, let’s talk about maybe giving a percentage to the artist.”

According to the Huffington Post, in the past rock stars such as John Lennon, Led Zeppelin and Radiohead are a few of those on their list of ten prominent artist who have been accused of copyright infringement.

 




Charito Martinez, local radio personality says, “use your ethics” when it comes to anonymous sources


Anonymous Sources

Jana Winter, and Lydia Cacho are only two examples of journalist who are whiling to assume any consequences in order to protect the identities of their sources that they promised confidentiality to. (Photograph by: Natalie Rodriguez/Full Sail University)

Earlier this month, Jana Winter, a FoxNews.com reporter was taken to court and may be forced to reveal who the source that gave her information on James Holmes, the Aurora Colo. shooter in the theater massacre, was. Maria del Rosario Martinez, known as Charito Martinez, a journalist with a license in Mexico as a radio announcer and radio host at local regional Mexican radio station KRZZ, 93.3 FM La Raza talks about reporters, anonymous sources and whether or not she would take an anonymous source in order to get an exclusive. Martinez tells an anecdote of being offered money in exchange for speaking to “an anonymous source” and how she thinks twice before accepting an anonymous source because “you have to know if the information is going to be true.”

 Confidentiality and the truth:

For now, the decision on whether Jana Winter will be called to testify or not has been postponed until August, which means that there is still a possibility that she may have to testify and either reveal the name of her source or face time in jail. Martinez remembers the case of Mexican reporter, Lydia Cacho, who has since left her country. “She was a national reporter and she went through the same process with the government and sources in Yucatan,” says Martinez. In response to these cases Martinez believes that “if you work for a corporation, you have to follow their rules” and that in doing so you could end up compromising your sources because “sometimes they pressure you to do certain things with your sources.”

Having to disclose your source is not the only way in which you could compromise your integrity as a journalist, knowing when a source is telling the truth and double checking facts is also essential to Martinez. Personally, Martinez will not easily accept an anonymous source because she takes her promise to confidentiality very seriously, as well as her promise to the truth. When she does accept an anonymous source she needs to “double check my sources, so always, always double check your sources” because you want to make sure that “they’re going to say the truth.”

The regional Mexican scene: 

Narco Corrido Fashion

The culture of Narco corridos in the regional Mexican format goes beyond music to include fashion trends as well. (Photography by: Natalie Rodriguez/Full Sail University)

Currently the regional Mexican music industry has made headlines due to the Narco Corrido, or drug trafficking ballads, and its artist who have been murdered. Martinez has had the opportunity to personally work with a few of the artist on the list due to her line of work. Last Thursday, Jesus “Chuy” Quintanilla, a narco corridor singer was found shot dead in Texas. While his death has yet to be declared a murder, his name is now on that list of singers of that genre who have died a tragic death. Martinez remembers an occasion in which she was offered a large amount of money to speak to an anonymous source. “Someone offered me $10,000 to do something. But no, I mean, use your ethics.” This is one particular case in which Martinez decided to say “Thank you, but no thank you.” As advice to other journalist she says you should always question, “Who are you devoted to? The truth? To be loyal to the public, to the general public?”

In California journalist are protected from disclosing their sources by:

California Shield Law Protected

The California Shield Law would protect you from having to disclose published or unpublished information such as recordings, photographs or notes. (Photograph by: Natalie Rodriguez/Full Sail University)

The California Shield Law

  • Who is protected?
    • Online publishers are protected through this shield law.
    • It Protects people who are “connected with or employed upon a newspaper, magazine, or other periodical publication.”
    • It is unclear whether or not “bloggers” are protected, and what the definition of “news” is considered to be.
  • What does it protected?
    • Protects published and unpublished information such as notes, photographs, videos, and recordings.
    • Protects the source and any information that “might lead to their identity.”
  • If you are a third party in a civil case the shield will protect you.
  • In a Criminal case the shield will protect you if the prosecution is the one looking for information, however a defendant could possibly overcome the shield.

The United States Constitution

  • The constitution may protect reporters based on the Freedom of Speech granted by the first amendment.

The Federal Privacy Protection Act (PPA)

  • This may protect you from search warrants. If a search does take place and you feel that it has violated the PPA, this protection lets you file a civil lawsuit. If it applies to you, it protects you in all states.
  • Who is protected?
    • At the moment the specifics are not very clear.
    • This federal protection covers “a person in connection with a purpose to disseminate to the public a newspaper, book, broadcast, or other similar form of public communication.”
  • Exceptions
    • Government officials can conduct a legal search if they have “probable cause” to believe that the reporter has evidence that links them to a crime.
    • The search may also be legal if the authorities believe that putting off the search will result in “death or serious injury.”

For more information on legal protection for journalists, visit the Digital Media Law Project.