Friday, January 26, 2007

Lah Tere, Her Brother and The Legacy Circle


Last night, I was (once again) a lucky witness to Lah Tere’s gorgeous singing, powerful rhymes and killer smile. She was the guest performer at The Legacy Circle’s event in the East Village. Lah Tere provided the perfect conclusion to a night devoted to fundraising for Manuela Arciniegas’s brainchild—an innovative project dedicated to empowering African Diaspora youth and adults in New York City through cultural arts education. The room was seriously buzzing with the energy of multiple generations of artists, educators and activists.

Lah Tere rolled in not only with her two partners from Rebel Díaz, but also with her “lil’ brother” who towered over her and joined her in performing a particularly moving version of “Crush.” He swayed directly behind her, crouching down to her height, chin perched attentively right above her shoulder as he provided the lyrical counterpoint and affirmation for her rhymes. As Lah Tere worked the spotlight, he seemed equal measures supportive, instigating, proud. I couldn’t stop thinking about my own lil’ brother Jorge who also has my back and is also double my size.

1 comment:

Saulo Siempre Socialista said...

saludos Raquel, que bueno encontrarte! Rec told me about your blog, I am glad you two connected. I really liked this piece on Rodrigo and Lahtere, did you know that she use to union organize with me! esa tipa es tremenda! i am waiting to read your reggaeton book. cuando sale? bueno, te estoy mandando una nota sobre un doc con Tego. cuidate

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