"We are cultural and musical preservationists. We bring people together to honor our roots and pay homage to our ancestors through music, drum and dance. ¡WEPA! provides a foundation and shrine to experience the true meaning of tradition, joy and freedom."
¡WEPA! MUSIC SAMPLER COURTESY OF ANTONIO OCASIO (TRIBAL WINDS)
Sunday, July 29, 2012
¡WEPA! + AfroTaino = AfroCaribe! The Official After Party of The BlackStar Film Festival
the Spanish, Dutch, & British slave ships dropped anchor in the
Caribbean, they weren't expecting to be responsible for building a new
civilization of brown folks, as their focus was on commerce, sugar &
spices, and manifest destiny. They didn't expect the Taino Indians to
take the African slaves in, nor for them to establish a form of
communication through percussion. They didn't expect the traditions to
be handed down, nor the fusing of the bloodlines. They didn't plan to
create a diaspora. As history will show, an African diaspora has been
created. This legacy of African-based lifestyles & cultures passed
down to us, a fresh batch of free souls born thousands of miles away
from their ancestral birthland. We inherited their passion for
celebration, and we are good at it! Think on this as we introduce to you
a very special occasion for all of Afro-Philadelphia. What happens when
you combine AfroTaino Productions' talents with the festive grooviness
of the infamous ¡WEPA!-NYC dance gatherings? You get AFRO-CARIBE - a dance party for the ancestors. ¡Wepa!
'incorporates the wide range of their culture’s musical wealth,
blending Afro-Cuban, Latino Tribal, Orisha chants and straight up
percussive rhythms mixed in with old salsa classics and other lovely
sounds that live inside them… " Whether it's AfroBeat, House Music, or
Latin Soul, DJ Antonio Ocasio (¡WEPA!-NYC, Tribal Winds) & DJ Rahsaan (AfroTaino Productions) will uplift your spirits and have you rejoicing the Diaspora all night on the dancefloor.