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Balesy and Carlos, Havana Rap Festival Organizers

Balesy Rivero and Carlos Zulueta, festival organizers

Festival Nacional
de Rap Cubano 2000
6th edition
Associacion Hermanos Saiz
- Grupo Uno

The Associacion Hermanos Saiz has a project called Grupo Uno which puts on the Cuban National Rap Festival every summer.  In 2000, the dates for the 6th festival are August 15th through 20th. Location: Alamar Amphitheatre in the Alamar suburb east of Havana.

For the list of the groups from Cuba, see the official schedule.  From the US, the following will be playing: dead prez, Tony Touch, Talib Kweli, and Mos Def (collectively known as the "Grupos Extranjeros").

Note: most of the Cuban groups play the Alamar Amphitheatre every Thursday evening in what is quite a growing rap scene.  Check out the festival contact points for details.

The festival organizers appeal for donations, especially any kind of sound equipment: samplers, keyboards, amps, mikes, speakers, multi-track recorders, etc.   See Black August for a response to this appeal which folks in New York are organizing, with a benefit concert Aug 30th, 2000 and other activities.

See an article on Pablo Herrera for the flavor of the rap scene in Havana.

Festival Organizers

Rodolfo Rensoli Presidente
Carlos Zulueta Productor General
Balesy Rivero Director Artistico
Luis Aguilar Asistente de Direccion
Osmel Francis Prensa

Official Schedule

Press Release, 8/13, see English below

Estimados Colegas,

Esta tarde se reunieron en la Galaria Fayad Jamis, ubicada en la casa de la Cultura del municipio Alamar, la direccion del Grupo Uno con los directores de los grupos seleccionados para participar en el Sexta Ediccion del FESTIVAL DE RAP ALAMAR 2000. Carlos y Balesy (que aparecen en la foto adjunta) comunicaron el programa definitivo del festival, asm como del concierto pre-inaugural. Adjuntamos programacion del festival, aprobado por su presidente, Rodolfo Rensoli, que en este momento se encuentra por Santiago de Cuba coordinando con los grupos de esta provincia que participaran en el festival.

Reporta Osmel Francis Turner

Dear Colleagues,

This afternoon was the meeting in the Galeria Fayad Jamis, placed in the Cultural House of the Alamar municipality, the Grupo Uno with the directors of the rap's groups which will finally participate in the 6th Edition of the FESTIVAL DE RAP ALAMAR 2000. Carlos and Balesy (see in the above picture) communicated the official program of the festival as well as the pre-opening concert.

We attached the schedule of the festival, approved by the president, Rodolfo Rensoli, which is now in Santiago de Cuba for the coordination with the group from this province who will participate in this festival. 

Reported: Osmel Francis Turner

Dia 15 De Agosto (Pre-Inaugural)

Lugar: Guiteras
Hora: 4 P.M.

Dia 17 De Agosto

Lugar: Anfiteatro
Hora: 9 P.M.

(Opening)

Dia 18 Agosto

Lugar: Anfiteatro
Hora: 9 P.M.

(Opening)

Dia 19 Agosto

Lugar: Anfiteatro
Hora: 9 P.M.

(Opening)

Dia 20 De Agosto

Lugar: Anfiteatro
Hora: 9 P.M.

(Opening)

 

6ª EDICIÓN DEL PRIMER FESTIVAL DE RAP DE ALAMAR
PROGRAMA (difundido antes del programa ariba)

Día 16 de Agosto:

Actividad: Concierto Pre-inaugural
Lugar: Reparto "Antonio Guiteras" – Habana del Este
Hora: 9 p.m.

Dia 17 de Agosto:

Actividad: Primera noche de concierto espectáculos "Ancestros"
Lugar: Anfiteatro de Alamar en 3ª y 160
Hora: 9 p.m.

Día 18 de Agosto:

Actividad: Coloquio: El Rap, La Tradición y La Identidad"
Lugar: Centro de Arte y Literatura "Fayad Jamis" (Avda. Los Cocos y 5ª, Zona 7 – Alamar)
Hora: 10 a.m.

Actividad: Concierto "Antecedentes"
Lugar: Anfiteatro de Alamar en 3ª y 160
Hora: 9 p.m.

Día 19 de Agosto:

Actividad: Coloquio: continuación
Lugar: Centro de Arte y Literatura "Fayad Jamis" (Avda. Los Cocos y 5ª, Zona 7 – Alamar)
Hora: 10 a.m.

Actividad: Concierto "Contemporaneidad"
Lugar: Anfiteatro de Alamar en 3ª y 160
Hora: 9 p.m.

Día 20 de Agosto:

Actividad: Coloquio: continuación
Lugar Centro de Arte y Literatura "Fayad Jamis" (Avda. Los Cocos y 5ª, Zona 7 – Alamar)
Hora: 10 a.m.

Actividad: Clausura del concierto y coloquios
Lugar: Anfiteatro de Alamar en 3ª y 160

SI NO TIENES CARRO, AMIGO QUE TE LLEVE O DINERO PARA ALQUILAR UNO, POR ESO NO TE LO VAYAS A PARDER, PUEDES COGER EL :

"CAMELLO M1" en G y 27: El primero pasa a las 4 a.m.
"CAMELLO M3" en Ciudad Deportiva: El primero pasa a las 4 a.m.

El último sale de Alamar a las 11,35 p.m.

Location

Alamar Amphitheatre - Amfiteatro Alamar in Alamar, a suburb east of Havana

Artist Line-Up

From the US: dead prez, Tony Touch, Talib Kweli, and Mos Def.

From Cuba: the best and the brightest! See the official schedule

Benefit in Austin, TX, 6/26

Subject: HIP HOP/SOUL BENEFIT FOR CUBAN RAP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 20, 2000

On Monday, June 26th The Mercury above Jazz will host an evening of music, dance, and spoken word as Austin's Hip Hop community comes together in support of a materially-strapped, but artistically vibrant Cuban rap scene.

Proceeds of the Benefit will be used to purchase DJ equipment which will be donated to the Grupo Uno project in Havana, Cuba. A central player in the emergent Cuban rap movement, Grupo Uno provides support to local rappers in Havana, and is the key organizer of the sixth annual Cuban Rap Festival which will be held this August, 2000.

Donated equipment will be presented to Grupo Uno at this year's Festival.

The Mercury Benefit will be joined in its efforts by the New York City-based Black August Collective which has scheduled its own benefit concert in mid-August involving a host of New York rap artists. Money raised from this event will also be donated to Grupo Uno by a contingent of New York-based rap artists who will be traveling to Cuba to participate in the Festival. Both benefits are organized in the sprit of promoting open exchange and support between the peoples of Cuba and the U.S.

For further information please contact Marc Perry at 512-474-0612, or mperry@mail.utexas.edu

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Contacting the Festival Organizers

Associacion Hermanos Saiz
79.81.75, 653253, or 57.02.10
Ask for Rodolfo Rensoli, Balesy, or Manin

Grupo Uno, the Associacion's project on rap, has an art gallery at 65.32.53 where they may also be reached.

In the US, check out the Black August page for info on US based festival activities.


Video from the 1998 Rap Festival

Go to AfroJazz.com's outstanding site for video clips from the 1998 festival:

http://afrojazz.com/Video/video.html

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