On Friday, May 5, the Open Media Foundation hosts its next monthly free Open Music Session event, which will spotlight music from Los Lunaticos, while comedy will come courtesy of Jose Macall. The April Open Music Session welcomed Lolita Castañeda, a local singer, MC, artist and activist, alongside hip-hop duo 2MX2. The two acts work together perfectly, as both favor inspiring lyrics and a style that blends contemporary rap and soul with Latin music.
"Stardust" is a great example — a song that features both English and Spanish lyrics, Castañeda's smooth vocals elegantly complementing the harder rap.
Listen to more of Lolita's music library, and download and remix with the stems of her Open Music Session songs below.
"Has anybody here ever wanted to fly?" asks Castañeda during "Gravity," and pretty much everyone in the crowd whoops. Is the message that pesky gravity stops you from achieving your dreams? Probably not. Rather, the song seems to be about letting go of your fears and allowing yourself to succeed. Which makes far more sense.
About Open Music Sessions: Every month, Westword joins Open Media Foundation and Greater Than Collective to bring you Open Music Sessions, a video series aimed at introducing people to bands and providing context for their music. Every First Friday, we bring a band to the Open Media Foundation studio at 7th and Kalamath and record a live performance. In addition to broadcasting the show live on the Denver Open Media TV stations (Comcast channels 56, 57 and 219), we edit the clips for certain songs. You'll also find additional information about the band and the recordings of individual instruments on select songs, which you are welcome to download in order to create remixes or simply to learn more about the way the music is constructed.
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