By Aaron Stiles
New Mexico State University’s Soul Verse and Black Students Association will host a free concert for underground hip-hop artist Danay Suarez on Wednesday, February 24, in Corbett Ballroom at seven p.m.
Suarez, a native of Havana, Cuba, where she found her initial success before getting attention in the United States, is noted for such songs as “Yo Apprendi,” “Lagrimas De Soledad,” and “Flores,” which incorporate elements of hip-hop, rap, jazz, reggae, and Spanish music. Her lyrics deal with such issues as poverty and politics.
Chris Acosta, former President of Soul Verse, and BSA President Christopher Love are responsible for getting Suarez to NMSU, which they say is important, particularly as the U.S. is currently working to normalize relations with Cuba.
“We felt Why not us to be the ones to embrace this culture?” says Love.
Love also said relations between people of different ethnic backgrounds have been divisive in America lately. As Suarez’s lyrics represent struggles faced by people of all colors, Love says he hopes NMSU’s diverse student population can find empathy with each other.
Soul Verse is an NMSU club that promotes the creation and performance of spoken word performances. Its goal is to embrace cultural diversity by having performances ranging from Spanish to Mandarin and all in between.
Black Students Association was formed in 1968 during the Civil Rights Movement.
“Our purpose is to promote African, African American, Afro-Caribbean, and Afro-Latin culture on campus,” says Love. “We do that through events, philanthropy, and community service.”