Hip Hop and Activism

Date: Saturday, September 9, 2017
Time: 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Location: Music Room, Wistariahurst Museum, 238 Cabot Street, Holyoke, MA
Trainers: Rebel Diaz hip hop duo (Rodrigo Venegas, aka RodStarz, and Gonzalo Venegas, aka G1)

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Class description

In the tradition of “Nueva Canción Chilena,” Rebel Diaz—named by AllHipHop.com as one of the top 50 emerging/underground hip hop artists of 2013—uses their music and unyielding social and political activism as an organizing tool and to spread knowledge about injustice.  This multimedia workshop will focus on the historical and current connections between community activism and hip hop culture. By looking at historical examples of community organizing through hip hop, as well as music, videos, and pictures, we will explore the notion of community self-determination inherent in hip hop, and how this essence can be reclaimed in the context of today’s corporate rap music industry. 

[This workshop is sponsored by the Rosenberg Fund for Children. We appreciate their support.]


Rebel Diaz hip-hop duo (Rodrigo Venegas, aka RodStarz, and Gonzalo Venegas, aka G1)Rebel Diaz
A political hip hop duo out of the Bronx, NY, and Chicago, IL, consisting of the Chilean brothers Rodrigo Venegas (known as RodStarz) and Gonzalo Venegas (known as G1)

Photo credit: A Pocho 1 www.apochoone.com

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