It seems like Panamanian-turned-Rasta-turned-Chicano activist with Elijah Emmanuel, but with no drawbacks for any community that his music reaches. This Panama native has been formulating his Reggae style in San Diego for over a decade and solidified a cause in 1996 with his group, The Revelations.
He allies his musical talents and lyrics strictly with contemporary issues involving the Latino community (heritage, unity, immigration, and racism). Though, Roots Reggae is the needle that sews the style of sounds together with this highly talented and soulful band.
Songs like “Todos Unidos” are reminiscent of groups like the B-Side Players in that the Spanish language is intertwined with Rasta flavor. In fact, if that’s your style, then this is your group. Other songs like “Persistence of Vision” are very personal in Elijah’s path to find purpose in his art.
He’s also aligned, this weekend, with group Stranger, another bilingual Reggae band that never leaves a concert without a Rastafarian Six-One-Nine (San Diego area code) shout out to the locals.
The Revelations have been around just as long as the others, maybe longer, with a track record of putting in work in the San Diego area. They were just shy of first place in the Belly Up Tavern’s competition between local musical acts. They made second in fact.
“Where do I want to take it (Reggae)?” Elijah asks himself. “Where it’s not localized to one geography and not limited to one culture. The music is universal. When I compose songs, my intentions are to speak to and inspire people from every country in the world, because the nature of this music directly connects to the consciousness of all people.”
The Revelations will be performing at the Belly Up Tavern (1345 South Cedros Ave) in Solana Beach this Saturday night, Feb 10, at 9 p.m. Special guest Stranger will be accompanying them in what has been dubbed the best indoor, live music venue in San Diego County. For ticket info, call 858-481-8140.
Hola, Latin Music Lovers! Salsa group Trece de la Suerte seems to be gaining popularity in Tijuana. Join Bill Caballero at one of his performances in the next couple weeks, beginning Friday, Feb 9, at the Tangaloo Club (Calle Monterey 3215) for the first time starting at 11 p.m. Cover. For more info, visit the club online at www.tangaloo.com.
Mexican rockeros Maná will be making a two night appearance at the San Diego Sports Arena (3500 Sports Arena Blvd) beginning tonight, Friday, Feb 9, and finishing tomorrow, Saturday, Feb 10. This concert is a part of their tour Amar es Combatir, titled after their newest album. Shows begin at 8 p.m. For ticket info, call 619-224-4171.
Looking for an interesting book to read or tape to watch? Then check out the huge selection of used ones at the Chula Vista library book sales this Saturday, Feb 10, at the Civic Center Branch (365 F St in the conference room) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and at the South Branch (389 Orange Ave) in the café from noon to 3 p.m. Videos, mags, fiction books, non-fiction, paperbacks, children’s and bestsellers are available. For more info, call 619-656-0314.
UCSD’s New Writing Series presents Heriberto Yépez next Wednesday, Feb 14, at 4:30 p.m. in the Visual Arts Performance Space on campus (9500 Gilman Dr). He is the author of several novels, collections of essays, and experimental poetry in Spanish and English, including Here is Tijuana? and Babellebab: Non-Poetry on the End of Translation. Tépez recently explored the ever-changing socio-cultural forms of Tijuana, where he currently lives. For more info, call 858-534-4618.
Artist Salomón Huerta is giving an art talk at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (700 Prospect Street) on Thursday, Feb 15, at 7 p.m. Whether depicting unadorned homes in South Central Los Angeles, or rear views of anonymous sitters’ heads and bodies, Huerta subverts traditional expectations and questions how we perceive identity. Free. For more information, call 858 454 3541. www.mcasd.org.
Find out how to confront racial injustice against migrant workers every Wednesday at 7 p.m. with activist group, The Friends of Day Laborers. Meetings are held at the Activist Center (4246 Wightman Street). For info, call 619-528-8383.
Spoken word every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Chicana Perk Café (129 25th St), hosted by dub music/spoken word artist Ras Pablo Aztlán. For more info, call 619-746-2559.
¡A mover las caderas! Come on all you hip shakers, come out and dance salsa, bachata, and merengue at the Mambo Lounge, Mission Valley Resort (875 Hotel Circle South). Every Thursday and Friday starting at 8 p.m. Cover $7, students $5 with ID. (858) 735-4159 or www.themambolounge.biz for more info. See you on the dance floor!
Join a bi-national People’s Hearing on Immigration and Border Policy. Talk with people on both sides of the border about their first-hand experiences of family separation, intimidation, and injustice. Next Saturday, Feb 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Border Field State Park, located 15 miles south of San Diego via I-5, Dairy Mart and Monument Roads. Then find out how you can help! For more info, call 619-269-7865.
El Puente, the website calendar of Latino events in San Diego and Tijuana, will have two events to celebrate nine years of community service in Tijuana next Friday, Feb 16. The second event will be held in Chula Vista the following Friday, Feb 23. The theme of this anniversary is “We Are All Bridges / Somos Todos Puentes.” The events will start at 6 p.m. at the offices of L.A. Cetto in downtown Tijuana (Ave. Cañón Johnson No. 2108 Col. Hidalgo) and at Caffe Tazza Coffeehouse in Chula Vista.
(Planning a noteworthy junta, event, or show that the San Diego Chicano/Chicana community should know about? Send it to La Prensa at raymond.beltran @covad.net. Deadlines are every Tuesday if you plan to host on the following Friday.)