The program saw discussions of careers in music, donations of new instruments, and a special student concert and folk dance presentation.
Top: Calle 13 with students of the Pablo Casals School inÂ BayamÃ³n, Puerto Rico –
Bottom Left:Â Donated Instruments –
Bottom Right: (L to R) Manolo Diaz (Vice President of the LATIN GRAMMY Cultural Foundation), Residente, Visitante, andÂ Gabriel Abaroa Jr. (President / CEO of The Latin Recording Academy).Photos courtesy of Alex DÃaz Photography
“Calle has evolved into Latin America’s premier political act. Earlier this month, Calle 13 unveiled the music video for “El Aguante” — a track from its latest album MultiViral, which translates to ‘tolerance’ or ‘endurance’ in English. And in true Calle 13 fashion, the Irish folk-infused song and its rapid-fire, witty lyrics don’t mince words, delivering a list of grievances that humanity must ‘tolerate’ — from politics and religion, to economic struggles and war and natural disasters to second-hand smoking and more. The track is emblematic of the duo’s mix of satire, sarcasm and call to action on MultiViral. In an interview with John Schaefer, Rene Perez Joglar talks about his turn towards being a socially conscious band, and the new album which features contributions fromÂ Uruguayan poet Eduardo Galeano, Cuban trova singer Silvio Rodriguez, and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.”
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Last Week Also Saw Calle 13 Celebrate The Physical Release Of Their Critically Praised New AlbumÂ MultiViralÂ With A Special East Harlem In-Store Appearance.
In Keeping With the Spirit Of The First Release From The Group’s Own Independent Label,Â Â El Abismo,Â Residente & VisitanteÂ Paid An Evening Visit ToÂ EL BARRIO MUSIC CENTER -Â An Independent Music Store Serving New York’s Latino Community, And Signed Album Copies For A Line Of Fans That Stretched For Blocks.
– Please Visit Venue Websites for Local Ticket Details.Â Look For More Calle 13 Concert Dates To Be Announced Shortly
“FOUR STARS – MultiViral is as ambitious a hip-hop album as any in any language” -Â Rolling Stone
“FOUR STARS – MultiViral ups the ante… the album excites like few others” -Â All Music
“Puts a lot more on the line… consecrates Calle 13 as a great Latin American rock band.”-Billboard
Â “A major step and a great listen… few rappers can even come close to [Residente’s] flow” –NPR
Â “[Calle 13 is] networked every which way: technologically, culturally, musically, socially, politically… songs that hold messages of solidarity, sympathy for poor and demands for freedom and individuality”-Â NY Times
Â “[Calle 13] decided that the things that are most immortal are great ideas.Â They are curious, follow their muse and they do their own thing sonically… They continually delight and amaze me”-Â Jon Pareles, NYT Popcast
“C13’s most ambitious recording …their chemistry reaches new, uncharted territory…. a musical assault on the status quo with mind-bending soundscapes… a stomping, fist-pumping anthem to human endurance”-Â MTVÂ
Â “Wealth Is Killing Hip Hop… [But] Calle 13 is leading the charge against conspicuous consumption” -Â TMZ
Â “a disarming call for honesty… a critique of rap decadence that feels genuine and important.” -Â Remezcla