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Jul 13 2007

A Conversation with Jorge Coulon of Inti Illimani

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(Originally Published on LatinoLA.com on July, 12th, 2007)

Since 1967, the accomplished Chilean band, Inti Illimani, has created a historic musical legacy by fusing traditional Andean music with Latin America’s best known musical forms. As principal musicians in a cultural phenomenon known as Nueva Cancion, Inti Illimani has written and performed some of the world’s best known protest songs. Unlike many other musical dissenters, Inti Illimani experienced the opportunity of singing songs of …

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Apr 29 2007

Tom Morello Interview – A One Man Musical Revolution

A One Man Musical Revolution

(Originally published on Znet, April 29th, 2007)

Former Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello embarks on a revolutionary solo mission as “The Nightwatchman.”

Musician and political activist Tom Morello has just released his first solo album, “One Man Revolution,” as his alter ego, “The Nightwatchman.” Perhaps best known for his innovative guitar solos and heavy rock riffs, Tom Morello turns to his acoustic guitar on “One Man …

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Jan 02 2007

Cuban Hip Hop: By Any Means Necessary Hour 1

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Hosted by Gabriel San Roman and Vanessa Diaz

(Originally aired on KPFK Los Angeles, December 29th, 2006)

GUEST: Sujatha Fernandes, author of Cuba Represent: Cuban Arts, State Power and the Making of New Revolutionary Cultures, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Queens College, City University of New York

Whereas there has been much academic and scholarly attention paid to the Cuban Hip Hop …

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Jan 02 2007

Cuban Hip Hop: By Any Means Necessary Hour 2

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Hosted by Gabriel San Roman and Vanessa Diaz.

(Originally aired on KPFK Los Angeles, December 29th, 2006)

GUEST: Alexey Rodriguez, Cuban rapper of the hip hop group Obsesion

In the first hour of Cuban Hip Hop: By Any Means Necessary, we presented a number of songs and spoke about Cuban Hip Hop in terms of it being a vehicle for criticism …

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Dec 14 2006

Pinochet is not Being Fully Discredited

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With the ex-dictator of Chile, Augusto Pinochet, dying at the age of 91 on Sunday without ever spending a single day in jail for his crimes, the task of judgement falls upon history. In the wake of Pinochet’s death, how he will be evaluated by history remains to be seen. With the exception of fanatical admirers, few will defend the ex-dictator’s repressive measures that included concentration camps, torture and disappearances. However, …

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Dec 08 2006

“Something to Scream About”

“Something to Scream About” Screamers director and System of a Down join forces to decry Armenian Genocide. By Gabriel San Román (Originally Published in the December 7th issue of the OC Weekly)

On April 24, 1915, the Ottoman Turkish government began a systematic campaign of arrests, deportation, and annihilation against the Armenian people. By 1923, mass killings had claimed the lives of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians in what became …

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Nov 17 2006

The Various Meanings of Ortega’s Triumph

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ZNet | Latin America

The Various Meanings of Ortega’s Triumph
by Gabriel San Román; November 17, 2006

After sixteen years and numerous failed bids, Daniel Ortega will once again become president of Nicaragua. On November 5th, Nicaraguans headed to the polls and elected the former revolutionary leader once more to the presidency over his U.S. favored opponent, Harvard educated Eduardo Montealegre. With 91% of the votes counted, Daniel Ortega …

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Oct 05 2006

Inti Illimani Celebrates its 40th Anniversary

Few groups can rival the forty year career of Chilean folkloristas Inti Illimani. In the indigenous dialect of Aymara, “Inti” means sun, and “Illimani” is the name of a mountain in Bolivia. The group is indeed a sun that refuses to set behind the mountain of time, even after four decades. Formed in 1967 when the original members were engineering students at the Technical University of Santiago, …

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May 15 2006

Laura Esquivel Visits Santa Ana

Laura EsquivelWhen Mexicans aren’t marching by the tens of thousands in Downtown Santa Ana on May Day, they’re cramming by the hundreds into Libreria Martinez Books and Art Gallery around the corner on Main Street to see famous authors from Mexico. Such was the scene last Thursday, May 11th when Laura Esquivel, acclaimed author of the masterful love story “Like Water for Chocolate,” came to town. Her first …

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May 05 2006

Serj Tankian Transcript

The multi-platinum, Grammy award winning rock group, System of a Down, will be launching a campaign in Washington D.C. to urge Congress to pass legislation officially recognizing the Armenian Genocide.

The lead singer of System of a Down, Serj Tankian, spoke to us about the campaign for recognition, the recent PBS controversy surrounding the Armenian Genocide, and the continued denial of the genocide by both the U.S. and Turkish governments.

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