Author Archives: Afroxander

About Afroxander

Afroxander is the nom de guerre for writer/photographer Ivan Fernandez, based in Southern California. His work has appeared in The San Bernardino County Sun, Modern Fix magazine, The People’s Dance Party blog, The Rockit magazine and other outlets. He currently freelances for LA Weekly, Remezcla and anyone else willing to send him out on an exciting adventure.

How Helado Negro’s “Young, Latin and Proud” Became a Generational Anthem

There will be a point this coming Thursday night when Helado Negro, the musical alter ego of Roberto Carlos Lange, will kick up a wave of high-pitched sounds off his synthesizer and lead the crowd at the Regent Theater into … Continue reading

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The Future of SoCal Indie Music Looks Bright — and Latino — at Viva! Pomona

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, and there’s nothing about Viva! Pomona that needs to be fixed. Founder Rene Contreras celebrated the sixth birthday of his little festival that could in Pomona this past weekend with yet another stellar … Continue reading

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The Samba Music of ’70s Brazil Did More Than Make People Dance — It Resisted a Dictatorship

My latest piece in LA Weekly: Brazilian-American musician Beto Gonzalez was too young to understand the country around him when his family returned to Brazil in the 1970s. It was only as he grew older, after coming back to the … Continue reading

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Hip-Hop: First Peoples, New Voices [photos]

Indigenous artists have embraced hip-hop as a means to reclaim their cultural heritage after centuries of displacement, discrimination, and genocide. The folks at Grand Performances brought out a number of these artists to share their music, dances, and stories. Below … Continue reading

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Why More Indigenous Artists Are Using Hip-Hop to Reclaim Their Heritage

The links between hip-hop and indigenous people aren’t obvious at first. What could pop-locking, graffiti-tagging sneaker heads possibly have in common with peoples whose cultures date back centuries in the Western hemisphere? But as some of the artists performing at the … Continue reading

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A.Chal Infuses His Hypnotic R&B With His South American Roots

A.Chal (aka Alejandro Salazar) is a tall dude who cuts an imposing figure, filling every room he steps into with silent intensity. His voice carries as much weight as the booming bass he produces for his music, but he’s soft-spoken during … Continue reading

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Photos: Mexico vs. Croatia (International Friendly) @ L.A. Memorial Coliseum

Below are a few of my favorite photos from the game. The complete set can be by clicking HERE.

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