Cuban hip-hop group began in 1996, and has been influential within the Havana’s hip-hop scene since its inception. They often works with issues of race and the Afro-Cuban identity.

Obsesion traveled to the United States 2006, and were invited to take part in a historical performance at the Apollo Theater with The Roots, Mos Def, and Kanye West. Obsesion has appeared in multiple documentaries about Cuban hip-hop such as “Inventos: Hip Hip Cubana,” as well as the work of a U of M graduate student, Vanessa Diaz’s “Cuban Hiphop: Desde el Principio.” Additionally, the group has been featured in literary works such as Sujatha Fernandez’s Cuba Represent! Cuban Arts, State Power, and the Making of New Revolutionary Cultures.

Sandy Perez

Is one of the best known and most talented of the younger percussionists from Matanzas. He was for 12 years with Afrocuba de Matanzas, did several recordings with other artists, and has now moved to Oakland, CA. He is a member of the far-flung and talented Villamil family.

Sandy joined Grupo Afro-Cuba de Matanzas at age 17, and within a few years he earned the positions of principal drummer and soloist that he maintained until his move to the US. Sandy was a featured artist at the 1996 Havana Jazz Festival and was invited to perform at the 1996 Afrocubanismo! festival in Banff, Canada. Although the roots of his techniques are founded in Afro-Cuban folkloric styles, Sandy's open-minded approach has enabled him to adapt to styles ranging from Cuban popular (Salsa) to fusion and avant-garde jazz.

Hosted by: Rico Pabon

Considered by most, as the Mecca of socially conscious Hip Hop, the Bay Area is also home to legendary MC Rico Pabón. After a year in the studio, Rico is set to release his 4rd and most powerful album to date. Rico is also a devoted husband, a new father, a community leader, and a business owner. Rico and his family own and operate Sofrito, Oakland's only authentic Puerto Rican restaurant. Just like his music, Rico's establishment has become an anchor in the Puerto Rican, Hip Hop, and Salsa music communities.

DJ Leydis

DJ LEYDIS was born and raised in Cuba. She became involved in the Cuban hip hop movement during its inception and helped organize events, community shows, and a women’s hip hop collective called Omega. Leydis has created the first female DJ mixtape and has performed across Cuba as a spoken word artist. She also continues to be an articulate speaker on Cuban hip-hop culture and how the embargo and travel ban has prevented the exchange of music and culture between the U.S and Cuba. Having recently moved to the United States, she currently resides in the Bay Area and has toured with DJ for Omegas Kilay, Las Krudas, and Los Rakas. Leydis has also opened up for Erykah Badu and ?estlove. She was also resident Dj at the Lukas Lounge (The Jet Set) every 2sd and 4th Wednesday (Rumba to Hip Hop every 3rd Sunday at Soma Bar inside.

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