Next week at WE WILL NOT YIELD, we have a stellar musical line up.
- Odaymara Cuesta and Olivia Prendes are Cuban Hip Hop MCs, Independent Musicians, Poets, Theater Performers representing Womyn, Immigrants, Queer and People of Color Action as a Central Part of World Change. They choose the art as a weapon to fight against oppression, for justice, for balance, for our rights, to celebrate the life. They bring Cubensi Hip Hop, Dance Hall, Old School, Mixtapes and New Strongly Beautiful Beats from all around the World with their Amazing Rebel Lyrics & Afro Caribbean Voices to empower the community. They were both born and raised in Cuba and began in the ”Artivism” early in their lives. In 1996, they founded the first vegan and queer activist Art Group in Habana, Cuba called Cubensi, with Llane Alexis Dominguez. In 1999, Hip Hop crew Krudas Cubensi was founded by Odaymara, Olivia and Odalys Cuesta aka Wanda in Ciudad Habana. The next year, they founded the Theatre Collectives Giganteria and Tropazancos Cubensi. In 2003, they recorded their first album: Cubensi Hip Hop, with Odalys cuesta aka Wanda. In 2004, Odaymara and Olivia start working as a Hip Hop Duo and the next year they recorded their second album: Kandela and founded Omegas Kilay, a Womyn Hip Hop Theatre Collective in Havana Cuba with Dj Leydis, Dj Yary, Danay Suarez, Yanelis aka Nono, Magyory and Eyastefraxis aka La Negra. In 2006, they migrated and relocated from la Habana Cuba to Austin, Tx, International Live Music Capitol. And since then, they have been performing, recording, giving workshops, educating and touring in The Caribbean, North, Central and South America, including more than 40 cities in US.
- McQueen is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas. She spent her tweens, teens and very early twenties in Columbia, MD, singing in choirs and eventually playing in bands. In 2001, McQueen made her way down to Austin with the vague goal of “playing music.” Though she had little experience fronting her own band, she jumped into the Austin Americana scene and in 2003 released her first album, The Fresh-Up Club, a roots country romp. In 2005 Freedom Records released her pub rock tribute Happy Doing What We’re Doing, a record that won her glowing reviews. In 2005, McQueen accepted the gig with the Texas legends and nine-time Grammy winners, Asleep At The Wheel. During her time with the Wheel she’s was featured on six records, performed and recorded with the Fort Worth Symphony, and backed up Merle Haggard, Ray Price and Willie Nelson on the “Last of the Breed Tour.” She’s even acted as a member of the cast of “A Ride With Bob,” the Ray Benson produced musical about the life and music of Bob Wills. And then there is what she considers to be “thrill of my life” – recording, performing live and taping Austin City Limits with the legendary Willie Nelson.
- The Rochester, NY native taught herself to play her father’s acoustic guitar in her teens, and began writing songs as a college student in Kingston, Jamaica. After graduation, she relocated to Boston, where she began performing locally and won acclaim for her self-released debut album Wishes Well Disguised. By 2008, when she relocated to the independent-minded musical mecca of Austin, TX. She continued to stake out brave new lyrical and musical territory on such albums as 2006′s City Garden, 2009′s Bound to Love and 2012′s Behind A Veil, while continuing to tour throughout North America, Europe and Japan. She also became a beloved presence on her adopted hometown’s music scene, while collaborating with such fellow troubadours as Jon Dee Graham, Butch Hancock, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Jimmy LaFave, Slaid Cleaves, Will Sexton, Ray Bonneville, Radney Foster, Randy Weeks, Matt the Electrician and John Fullbright. Hear Klein’s song inspired by being at the capitol the night of Davis’ filibuster, “Dear God.”