It has been a big year for Los Rakas - they started 2016 working on their new self titled album, Los Rakas, and ended the year with a Grammy Nomination for Best Latin Rock, Urban and Alternative Album of the Year for that very same album! One of the singles, Raka Party debuted as a Beats1 Banger adding fuel to their own parties which they first branded as #RakaParty in 2015. After being given all access passes throughout Panama by the Panamanian Ministry of Tourism to film the video for Raka Party, they decided to declare 2016 as the year of the Raka Party.
In between producing their national and International Raka Parties, Los Rakas also performed in Texas (SXSW Official Showcase Artists), New York (Afro Latino Festival), San Francisco (CarnavalSF), Chicago, Los Angeles, Arizona, Colombia, Panama, Mexico… etc… In addition to such club, festival and carnival performances they participated in CEA’s Schools Not Prison’s Tour with The Actors’ Gang Prison Project in prison facilities and with at-risk-youth. With all of this they somehow managed to keep releasing awesome music and travelled to film music videos in Colombia, Panama, California and coming soon will be their most recent video filmed in Cuba.
The group completed a prestigious Zoo Labs Music Residency where they continue to record music and perfect their craft. As a continuation from 2015, they have developed a stronger working relationship with the telecom giant, Boost Mobile. 2016 has seen the guys on a National and International Boost Mobile advertising campaign with more exciting visuals to come in 2017. As proud representatives for Nike Panama in 2016 Los Rakas continue to, ‘Just Do It’… they continue to 'Never Stop, Never Settle' and remain proud ambassadors for Hennessy…
What does the future hold?
Currently these hardworking men are busy finalizing their next EP Raka Love 2 which drops on February 14, 2017. Look out for new merch to drop in 2017 and more great merch collaborations - like the Raka Mola Skateboard they released internationally this year with FTC.
Be prepared for great performances and Raka Parties, fantastic music and of course - more incredible visuals. #TrabajandoDeLaNocheALaMañana is no joke when it comes to Los Rakas… Maybe that is how they managed to also celebrate their 10 year anniversary, produce their first ever show in Panama, and squeeze in a visit to the White House… “We are excited about 2016 and we are working to make 2017 an even better year of great big fun to share with our fans. We look forward to a bright future!”
ABOUT LOS RAKAS
Los Rakas was born in the youth centers of Oakland, CA in 2006. This duo are of Panamanian descent and raised in both cultures. They are the future of world music and have trendsetted their way into mainstream, touring nationwide and internationally. Performing in both English and Spanish, their specialty is that they teach Spanish through their music- no more Rosetta Stone is needed!! Los Rakas are known for rocking any party - from youth events to world wide festivals, they hype the crowd and get the party all the way live! What is a Raka? a person who is proud of who they are. The Rakas are making sure that the voice of the pueblo is heard, their unique sound bridges cultures from all over the world. Listen to them here, listen to them on the news, on the radio, the television, in movies, hear them in your favorite video game, read about them in the paper or online - AND be sure to catch them at a live show... Raka Party...
“Los Rakas are building a serious reputation for themselves by mixing the rhythms of reggae and Caribbean dancehall with ferocious, bilingual, emcee-devouring microphone skills.” - MTV
"As their music switched among hip-hop, reggaetón and dancehall beats, their fast rhymes proclaimed solidarity across the hemisphere." - NY Times
“This Oakland, Calif., duo — rapping cousins Raka Rich and Raka Dun — prove that some of the most exciting dance music on the planet is still coursing through the Afro-Latin diaspora.” - Washington Post
"The Panamanian cousins, Raka Rich and Raka Dun, are the embodiment of the new millennial Latino MC—bilingual, genre-bending and, of course, lyrics for days." - Latina Magazine
“Los Rakas are single-handedly taking back Reggaeton to it’s Panamanian roots.” - National Geographic
“Estamos rakiando con ustedes!” - CNN
"The Panamanian Rap Duo That’s Changing How We Think About Hip-Hop" -New York Observer
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