Film Screening

Cuban Hip Hop: Desde el principio [From the beginning]

Cuban Hip Hop: Desde el principio [From the beginning]

Screening of the Cuban, Hip Hop documentary: Desde el principio [From the beginning].
Q&A with Obsesion and filmmaker Dr. Vanessa Díaz (Visiting researcher at Chicano Studies Research Center). Moderated by T-Kay Sangwand (UCLA Library).

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Schoenberg Music Building
Room 1100
Los Angeles, CA 90095

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Screening of documentary Cuban Hip Hop: Desde el principio [From the beginning].
Documentary screening and Q&A with Obsesion and filmmaker Dr. Vanessa Díaz (Visiting researcher at Chicano Studies Research Center).
Moderated by T-Kay Sangwand (UCLA Library).
The film screening will be co-sponsored by the Department of Ethnomusicology.



Obsesion formed in 1996 and its two principal members are Magia López and Alexey “el tipo este” Rodriguez. In 2013 they were joined by DJ Lino, who previously worked with Cuban hip hop group Hermanzos. In 2016, the group celebrated its 20 year anniversary in Havana with a multi-day symposium and performances featuring national and international scholars, artists, cultural advocates, and activists. They’ve released two full-length albums Un Monton de Cosas (2000) and El Disco Negro (2011) in addition to side and solo projects, such as La Fabri-K, and numerous guest appearances and compilation features. In 2003, they conducted a month long US tour during which they performed at the Apollo Theatre with hip hop legends The Roots. Their fan base includes Harry Belafonte, Afrika Bambaata, and Talib Kweli. Since then Obsesion has been invited to the US multiple times for university visits and other cultural/educational exchanges. Over the years they have also held monthly Sunday peñas (community based cultural gatherings) in the Havana suburb of Regla, where Alexey lives. These peñas have attracted many famous attendees including musical artists Usher and Ana Tijoux. Obsesion’s long history has been enriched by their experiences outside the group as well. Magia is the former director of the Cuban Rap Agency, the Cuban government’s agency that supports rap music. Alexey produces music and releases solo albums under the moniker “el tipo este”. Magia and Alexey are deeply embedded in their communities and organize cultural/educational dialogs and events that are distinct from their performance as Obsesion. They also form part of the collective Club del Espendru which empowers Afrocuban culture and business in Havana. They are one of the most well-respected and longest-running hip hop groups in Cuba.

Cost: Free & Open to the Public

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T-Kay Sangwand

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Sponsor(s): Latin American Institute, Program on Caribbean Studies, Ethnomusicology, Department of Gender Studies, Afro-American Studies Interdepartmental Program, Chicano Studies Research Center, Department of African American Studies, Department of Ethnomusicology, Department of Gender Studies, Program on Caribbean Studies UCLA Latin American Institute