Minneapolis: Ritmos Unidos Tonight

The World of Emetrece Productions presents:”Ritmos Unidos”3rd Annual Afro-Latin Tribute to MLK DayFeaturing Maria Isa & CubaníaSunday, January 20th, 2008 // First Avenue Main RoomDoors 8PM // Show 9PM – 2AM // $8 Advance // $10 Door // 18+In remembrance of King’s legacy, “Ritmos Unidos” celebrates the hyphen between Afro & Latin.Advanced tickets available on-line at First Avenue & TicketmasterIn contrast to the American ‘One Drop Theory,’ of African racial classification, in Latin America there are various names for differing degrees of Blackness such as prieto, negro, mestizo, mulato, trigueño, or jabao. In general the term ‘Afro’ declaring race has been uniquely hyphenated with nationhood, such as Afro-American, Afro-Cuban or Afro-Brazilian.”Ritmos Unidos” celebrates the hyphen by bringing together Twin Cities’ artists whose musical repertoires are native to Minneapolis and St. Paul, yet speak to their national and racial afro-diasporic legacies.Hosted by former Timberwolves player Felipe López, this year’s “Ritmos Unidos” highlights the local Afro-Latin diversity. Rising Latin hip-hop and reggaetón artist Maria Isa headlines with her ten-piece band, accompanied by opening act Afro-Cuban salsa vocalists Viviana Pintado and Gloria Rivera inaugurating their folkloric fusion group Cubanía. The evening also includes a diverse range of appearances by Danza Mexica Cuauhtémoc; Casino Revolution: Cuban Salsa Expo; Drizzle’s Drummers: McNally Smith Percussion Ensemble; “Lightning and Thunder” all-stars BussOne & The Kamillion; with Back Up Plomo & Don Xaba; Omac Mountainya; and Omari Omari on the 1’s & 2’s.Ritmos Unidos – produced by Emetrece Productions, venue and tickets at First Avenue, additional sponsorship by Urban Gear Clothing and Rose Up Productions.First Avenue Main Room // 701 First Avenue North, MinneapolisInfo: 612-332-1775 (First Avenue) // 612.281.9970 (Emetrece Productions)

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