September 01, 2012
Olmeca Offers Advanced Preview of Upcoming Album in "Browning of America" Track
to Support No Papers No Fear Ride for Justice
As Undocumented Riders Arrive at DNC, Hip-Hop Artist Olmeca Sends Saludos and Releases New Track
Los Angeles, CA
Inspired by the undocumented participants in the No Papers No Fear Ride for Justice, Hip-Hop artist, Olmeca, offers a sneak peak of the track "Browning of America" from his upcoming album, Brown is Beautiful.
In the final week of the six-week journey, undocumented riders are arriving in Charlotte, NC for the Democratic National Convention where they will continue coming out with no papers and no fear to rally the immigrant community, give a face to immigration, and insist the President do more to stop deportations.
Olmeca has been writing soundtracks to social movements like the No Papers No Fear Ride based on his own life experience growing up in South Central, East L.A. and his own role in supporting bringing Sheriff Arpaio to justice in Arizona among other migrant rights struggles.
"Olmeca's music expresses exactly what we're trying to do on this ride," explains Leticia Ramirez, an undocumented Arizonan and mother of three. "It sings the heart, soul, and beauty of our community."
Olmeca is a prolific writer who deftly depicts his upbringing and gives social commentary with energy, charisma and intelligence. In the vein of Fela Kuti, Mercedes Sosa, Nina Simone, Olmeca’s music takes its place amongst thought-provoking art that denounces the perceived mainstream culture.
Olmeca’s impoverished life in South Central, East L.A. and Rosemead, CA are shared by an entire generation. Born in Los Angeles, Olmeca’s family moved from Mexico to the U.S., becoming part of the cheap labor market in the U.S. It is a reality that provided experience, perspective and inspiration for his music and activism.“not having food to eat and living on the street, taught me the simple reality of what is just and unjust…” Olmeca says.
The No Papers No Fear Ride for Justice is a national delegation of undocumented people and allies that left Phoenix, Arizona on the anniversary of the state's implementation of SB1070, July 29th. The riders are undocumented people from all over the country and their allies, including mothers, fathers, day laborers, people in deportation proceedings, students, and many others who continue to face threats of deportation, harassment, and death while simply looking for a better life in the only nation many of them know and call home.