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2nd Annual South Central Innervision: An AfroLatinx-Futurism | PHOTOs

South Central Innervision AfroLatinx-Futurism: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
South Central Innervision AfroLatinx-Futurism: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

*(Los Angeles) This is the season for live outdoor music concerts, events and festivals. Hoping that you have been able to get out to enjoy the many options available for the many free, family friendly events around the Greater Los Angeles area.

Esperanza Community Housing Corporation presented the 2nd Annual South Central Innervision: An AfroLatinx-Futurism.

This wonderful event returned for another engaging, entertaining, empowering and encouraging cultural celebration.

This was a fantastic daylong pop-up immersive, multidisciplinary arts festival curated to interpret & reflect upon the historical and future relational nature of Black and Brown power and to explore the Black/Latinx imagination.

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Mercado La Paloma Signage: Photo by Ricky Richardson
Mercado La Paloma Signage: Photo by Ricky Richardson

Several hundred people from a diverse, multicultural background, was in attendance for the festival on Saturday, July 23rd at Mercado La Paloma, 3655 South Grand Avenue, from 2:00pm-9:00pm.

Damon Turner and Roberto Carlos served as host and master of ceremonies of the festival.

Terry Scott, Damon Turner and Roberto Carlos: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
Terry Scott, Damon Turner and Roberto Carlos: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

South Central Innervision: An AfroLatinx Futurism socially and culturally engages audiences through participatory dialogue, social dance, theater, visual art, place, and music. Embodying how racial and ethnic demographic shifts-and the search for identity and belonging-are dramatically shaping American cities around the country.

DJ Zurie played a soundtrack of danceable rhythms of the diaspora to compliment the show and enhance the crowds’ enjoyment of the festival. The dance floor was in constant use as people grooved to the beats between live performances.

DJ Zurie: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
DJ Zurie: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Dancing to the rhythms: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

ABC + Ensemble, featuring Chris Wood, Stephanie Matthews, Lor Ann Estevez and Adrienne Wood. They were brilliant with their classical performance of “Lowrider” by War, “Eine Kleine Nach Muzik,” a popular composition by Mozart. The title means a little night music in German.

The group continued with “Hoedown” by Aaron Copeland from the musical Rodeo. They honored the legacy of African American composer William Grant Stills, performing the 3rd movement of The Lyric Quartet (The Jovial One). Chris Wood showcased his composition “Transcendance 1” and concluded their set with “Oye Como Va” written by Tito Puente, and performed by Carlos Santana.

ABC + Ensemble: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
ABC + Ensemble: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Nadia Calmet is a professional Peruvian Folk Dance Artist, specializing in Afro-Peruvian Dances. She presented a colorful, vibrant Afro-Peruvian experience featuring drumming and dancing.

Nadia Calmet: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
Nadia Calmet: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Nadia Calmet: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
Nadia Calmet: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Nadia Calmet: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
Nadia Calmet: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Nikki Campbell uses the drums to express her unique Afro Caribbean Panamanian lineage, extend a large legacy of women drumming in the African diasporic traditions, and celebrate the intense study of rhythm. Nikki Campbell & Puentes de Ponder presented another captivating performance of Afro Panamanian and African drumming, coupled with Afro Cuban drumming and dancing featuring Kati Hernandez with special guests Jorge Luis Fernandez and Indira Mora Cueto from Cuba.

Nikki Campbell & Puentes de Ponder: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
Nikki Campbell & Puentes de Ponder: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Nikki Campbell & Puentes de Ponder: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
Nikki Campbell & Puentes de Ponder: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Onyi: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
Jorge Luis Fernandez and Onyi: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

They opened their set with “Calabash Intro” with Onyi speaking and singing to honor our Ancestors and to give words of encouragement of generations to follow. You could feel the presence of the Spirits throughout their set on “Osun,” “Yemaya,” and “Makuta.”

They continued their riveting performance with “Rumba,” “Cumbia Congo,” “Wasalonka (drum call), “Djaa,” “B.I.,” featuring Sunu, and concluding their set with a medley “Kawa,” “Kassa,” and “Kuku.” the crowd didn’t want their set to end.

Katie Hernandez: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
Katie Hernandez: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Katie Hernandez: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
Katie Hernandez: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Jorge Luis Fernandez and Indira Mora Cueto: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
Jorge Luis Fernandez and Indira Mora Cueto: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Brasil Brazil, vocalists Ana Gazzola and Sonia Santos performed a crowd pleasing set of Brazilian music in aa variety of styles. They opened their set with “Aquarela do Brazil,” followed by “Mais Que Nada.” They incorporated snippets of the tune “Hit the Road Jack” as they continued their musical journey through Brazil.

Brasil Brazil, Sonia Santos and Ana Gazzola: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
Brasil Brazil, Sonia Santos and Ana Gazzola: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Brasil Brazil, Sonia Santos and Ana Gazzola: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
Brasil Brazil, Sonia Santos and Ana Gazzola: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Mexico68 AfroBeat Orchestra and Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca closed out the festival with an awesome, memorable performance.

The festival engaging exhibition, La Plaza and the Porch: Freedom Dreaming repurposes a parking lot into a historical & current community space within a liberating, speculative imagination. Artists were able to reflect upon the exhibition theme and incorporate into their practice. The public were able to participate in the AfroLatinx-Futuristic spaces of solidarity, refuge & sharing in a safe space.

Participating Freedom Dreamers: Jorge Rojas, Chelo Montoya (Crop Collective), Self Help Graphics, LA Commons, AfroUnidad, City Hearts, Reparations Club, South Central Arts, LACMA, Esperanza Community Housing Corporation and La Plaza de Cultura Y Artes.

LA Commons: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
LA Commons: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

LA Commons: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
LA Commons: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

AfroUnidad: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
AfroUnidad: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

South Central Arts: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
South Central Arts: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

South Central Arts: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
South Central Arts: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

LACMA: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
LACMA: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Esperanza Community Housing Corporation: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
Esperanza Community Housing Corporation: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Keck School of Medicine of USC: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
Keck School of Medicine of USC: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Founded in 1989 to address displacement and housing insecurity in South Los Angeles, Esperanza Community Housing Corporation has grown into a multi-faceted and nationally recognized social justice organization, engaged in comprehensive community development through core programs areas: housing, health, arts and culture, economic development, and environmental justice.

Esperanza Community Housing Corporation works collaboratively through partnerships to strengthened our neighborhood. In all their actions, Esperanza builds hope with the community. https://www.esperanzacommunityhousing.org

Mercado La Paloma signage: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
Mercado La Paloma signage: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Ricky Richardson is a Southern California-based writer, music reviewer, and photographer. Contact him via: liltampared@netzero.net

liltampared@netzero.net
Ricky Richardson is a Southern California based writer, music reviewer and photographer.

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