AfroRazones is a pan-Latin American / pan-Black solidarity network that envisions a supportive cultural landscape in which artists can live outside corporate and government dependency in order to create the art our world needs.
The project was created by a team of Cuban and U.S.-based artists and arts practitioners during summer 2016, in Guampara Studios in Havana, Cuba. We recognized that with recent changes in diplomatic relations, many Cuban artists are being exposed to a global music industry that they are unfamiliar with.
The AfroRazones compilation album was created shortly after with the idea of resistance in the form of exploring today's Afro-Cuban identity. During the album's creation, it was hard to ignore questions of access to technology and how it affects music.
The compilation album was only the beginning of a greater solidarity project aimed towards creating an alternative music industry structure. Since March 2017, AfroRazones has invited artists and arts practitioners from Black and Latin American diaspora to facilitate workshops around music promotion, distribution, artist autonomy, social media and Internet.
As we develop automation and fall deeper into social media algorithms, some of us become less human and more robotic. But some of us don't. AfroRazones acts as a reminder of the music and community that connects us.