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Rhythms of Zapata (encore edition)


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Zapatistas in Oventik, CaliAztlan, and Nueva York. Source: Visual Resistance,

Zapatistas in Oventik, CaliAztlan, and Nueva York. Source: Visual Resistance,

Every major social movement has its music, its anthems, its songs. Music tells the story of a people, their dreams, their hopes, their vision for a different world. But what happens when the music crosses borders to embrace new cultures?

In the U.S., people of color have been turning more and more to the Zapatismo, a Mayan indigenous movement in the jungles and mountains of southern Mexico, as a source of hope and as proof that, as the Zapatistas say, a different world is possible.

On this edition, we go to East Los Angeles, where a number of Chicano artists inspired by the Zapatistas have been using music to raise awareness in their own communities and to struggle for a better world.

This show has been a special collaboration between National Radio Project and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Thanks to student producer, Alejandro Reyes who wrote and edited this show under the guidance of independent media producer and UC Berkeley journalism lecturer, Claire Schoen.


Luv the Messenger, Rapper and youth activist; Marisol, Performance artist and activist, member of Chusma, In Lak Ech, Self-Help Graphics, Chicano Records and Films; Nico, Poet and youth activist and Poets del Norte member; Xela, Rapper and youth activist and Cihuatl-Ce member; Olmeca, Hip-hop artist and activist; Joel García, Graphic artist and activist; Tolteka, Hip-hop artist and activist; Roberto Flores, Researcher and Zapatista activist; Elisa Mejía, Activist, Radio Insurgencia Femenina (KPFK, Los Angeles) and Center for Popular Action member; Colectivo Error, Musicians and activists; Sherman Austin, Hip-hop artist and activist against police violence; Cynthia, Priscila, Crystal, fans at concert; Dan Nemser, UC Berkeley student and Zapatista activist; Joaquín Cienfuegos and Josefina Macías, Cop Watch Los Angeles and Revolutionary Autonomous Communities members; Manuel Macías, Cop Watch Los Angeles supporter; Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos, Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) spokesman and military leader.

Executive Producer/Host: Tena Rubio
Contributing Producer: Alejandro Reyes
Producer: Andrew Stelzer
Associate Producer: Puck Lo
Interns: Samson Reiny and Elena Botkin-Levy

For more information:

Eastside Café – El Sereno, CA

Cop Watch Los Angeles – Los Angeles, CA

Revolutionary Autonomous Communities

Radio Insurgente

Radio Zapatista

Zapatista Army of National Liberation


Joel García
Luv the Messenger
Sherman Austin

Groups/Artist Collectives:

In Lak Ech
Poets del Norte
Quinto Sol
Dilated Peoples
Banda Bassotti
Flor del Fango
Tijuana No
Aztlán Underground
Colectivo Error

Additional Information:

“Harlem community fights gentrification – allied with Zapatistas”

Author: Radio Project

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