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Two groups with Panamanian roots hit the west coast this November. Latinx Rock N’ Rollers and activists Making Movies and Grammy-nominated Hip-Hop duo Los Rakas take on the West Coast on their Panameri’kana Tour.
“We instantly connected with Los Rakas and their way of exalting the underclass even through their name,” Enrique explains. Los Rakas name is drawn from the word “Rakataka”, which is a derogatory way of describing the Afro community in Panama. “I think we are all exploring identity. The deeper you look into it the messier it gets, and the more systemic racism has impacted how we see our world and ourselves.”
Panameri’kana is a play on the concept of Panamerican - everyone on this continent share some common identities. “We are Panamanian and Panamerican,” Enrique says. “The reggaeton rhythm in Panamá is just as much American music as any americana music.”
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