Chad Radford: “I don’t see Atlanta as a purely hip hop town or a purely rock town”

This episode of Hybrid Atlanta features Chad Radford, the music editor of Creative Loafing, Atlanta’s iconic alternative publication. In this first part of the interview, he talks about covering Atlanta’s music scene for 20 years and its evolution under the tension of being labeled as a “purely hip-hop town or a purely rock town.” Radford also discusses the problem of looking at the South through … Continue reading Chad Radford: “I don’t see Atlanta as a purely hip hop town or a purely rock town”

OYE Fest, Atlanta’s Cutting-edge Latinx Music Festival

This episode of Hybrid Atlanta features Margarita Rios, co-founder of OYE Fest, Atlanta’s cutting-edge Latinx music festival. Highlighting the diversity of Latin American music, OYE is a platform for local and international artists to combine music, arts and activism. Rios is also the creative director of Ni Aquí Ni Allá, a local collaborative arts team. Hybrid Atlanta is a video series of interviews with local … Continue reading OYE Fest, Atlanta’s Cutting-edge Latinx Music Festival

10 female LatinX artists who are challenging gender roles in reggaeton

The genre of reggaeton has often been criticized for its misogynistic and sexist lyrics. Men have held the reins in this genre of music, not only in the charts, but also in the narratives of songs, where men are usually the protagonists, while women are merely sexual objects. However, this narrative has been changing thanks to the rise of female reggaeton artists. These up-and-coming female … Continue reading 10 female LatinX artists who are challenging gender roles in reggaeton

10 Musicians from the Tropicália Movement that Reshaped Brazil’s Cultural History

Described as a “refreshing shower” by Gilberto Gil, Tropicália was a Brazilian cultural movement of the 1960s, known for its fusion and avant-garde music. A mix of psychedelic rock & pop, bossa nova, samba, and more, the lyrical music was critical of Brazil’s authoritarian regimes and social inequality.  Two of the genres’ central figures, Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso, advocated against the daily injustices faced … Continue reading 10 Musicians from the Tropicália Movement that Reshaped Brazil’s Cultural History

The Bakery & the DIY spirit of Atlanta [VIDEO]

This episode of Hybrid Atlanta features The Bakery, the multifaceted arts complex of southwest Atlanta that keeps the DIY spirit alive, with an inclusive approach and a global focus. Meredith Kooi (director of development) and Daniel DeSimone (venue manager), talk about experimental art, intimate audiences, environmental awareness, and international acts. Hybrid Atlanta is a video series of interviews with local artists and creatives whose work … Continue reading The Bakery & the DIY spirit of Atlanta [VIDEO]

10 Female MCs that are Changing the Face of Hip Hop in Latin America

Ni Una menos, the grassroots feminist movement, has spread across Latin America since its formation in 2015 in Argentina. While female journalists and academics started the movement, it has grown to include a new wave voices from all walks of Latin American culture. Some of these voices come from female hip hop artists. While hip hop has been a historically male-dominated genre, female MCs in Latin … Continue reading 10 Female MCs that are Changing the Face of Hip Hop in Latin America

10 Legendary Latin American Rock Bands you Need to Know (first part)

Since one of the first proto-punk bands of the world appeared in Peru in the 60s, Latin American rock music has adopted and combined many esthetics, styles, and genres. From entertainment to activism, rock en español rose from an underground counter-culture to the core of popular entertainment. Navigating military dictatorships, authoritarian regimes, conservative societies, defective democracies, socio-political violence and conflicted multi-cultural scenarios, Latin American rock has survived … Continue reading 10 Legendary Latin American Rock Bands you Need to Know (first part)