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Molina Speaks Found His Community on Stage at Cafe Nuba

Molina Speaks Found His Community on Stage at Cafe Nuba
Karl Christian Krumpholz
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Molina Speaks: “I was sharing the stage with poet and visual artist Day Acoli and a handful of other poets, rappers and vocalists. Legendary artist and arts director Ashara Ekundayo was running Cafe Nuba. This was the first of many features with her. I met her son DJ Cavem that night, and we went on to share countless stages. I met Chris Guillot outside the venue and would later record a dozen or so songs at Cherry Sound Studios. I felt like I’d made it that night!

“It was historic to be performing on Welton Street, in Five Points, on stage with some of my Denver heroes. Rapping over basic-ass beats and doing my spoken word, I caught the buzz looking out at the crowd. These people would become friends and collaborators! I was like, ‘This is tha shit! THIS IS IT!!’... and ten years later it still feels that way. Thank you, Ashara, for giving this Chicano a shot (and some time) in your Black and Beautiful space. One love, Cafe Nuba, por vida!”

Molina Speaks Found His Community on Stage at Cafe Nuba
Karl Christian Krumpholz

Molina Speaks released two albums in 2018: ROOT the Film Soundtrack, with DJ Icewater, and Declaration, with his band Roots Rice and Beans. You can find both on Spotify, Bandcamp and Soundcloud.

Editor's Note: The Denver Bootleg is a series chronicling the history of local music venues by longtime Denver cartoonist Karl Christian Krumpholz. Visit Krumpholz's website to see more of his work.

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