Thursday, April 7, 2016

Los Rakas to Perform at the White House

By Sydney Johnson
Thu, Apr 7, 2016 at 6:00 PM

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Los Rakas have come far since members Raka Rich (Ricardo Gilliam) and Raka Dun (Abdull Domínguez) began releasing their earliest mixtapes back in the mid-2000s. Now, the Oakland-based Panamanian hip-hop duo is going even further–literally–by bringing their "PanaBay" sound to the White House to perform in the first ever Brioxy White House Summit for Innovators of Color

The summit, which will take place Friday, April 29 through Monday, May 2, is intended to build opportunity for young innovators of color through a series of strategy and one-on-one coaching sessions, performances, and main-stage events on immigration reform, Black Girl Magic and the movement for Black lives, food justice, and more. 

Los Rakas hit number one on the Latin music charts after dropping El Negrito Dun Dun & Ricardo, and the duo has since continued to garner the fandom of Spanish- and English-speaking hip-hop heads alike. The group's announcement of the Brioxy invitation comes shortly after the the release of Los Rakas' latest music video for "Raka Party," along with news of an upcoming album release slated for later this spring.



To catch the rap duo before their White House debut, check out Raka Party at The New Parish (1743 San Pablo Ave., Oakland) on Friday, April 8. 

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