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Concert of Colors 2021: Dr. Nativo

Metro Detroit’s free annual diversity-themed music festival returns for its 29th year with broadcasts and simultaneous livestreams across four consecutive nights. Every evening from August 5-8, watch Detroit Public TV or visit this page to enjoy the sounds of music greats from around the world, including Roy Ayers, Melvin Davis and acts from Haiti, Japan, Uganda and other countries.

AIRED: August 05, 2021 | 0:58:40
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- Hi, planetary citizens, brothers and sisters,

welcome back to the Concert of Colors.

My name is Ismael Ahmed,

director and curator of the Concert of Colors,

and host of WDET's, This Island Earth.

The Concert of Colors was created nearly three decades ago

to celebrate the cultures and struggles

of Detroit's communities of color.

Today, we come together

to celebrate all our cultures, communities,

religions, and genders.

And as in the past,

we hope to return to our live format

where we can once again, enjoy each other's company.

We would like to thank all of the staff, volunteers,

and artists that have made this year's event possible,

especially the Detroit Institute of Arts,

who have played such an important role,

as well as Detroit Public Television,

WTVS and Detroit Public Radio, WDET.

For this year schedule, information, and most importantly,

to support our efforts,

go to www.concertofcolors, one word, concertofcolors.com.

And now let's take a minute

to thank our partners and sponsors.

- [Narrator] Support for this program was provided

by the Kresge Foundation, DTE, AARP,

the Detroit Free Press, Midtown Inc,

Skillman Foundation, and Michigan.com,

and by these partners, Concert of Colors, Culture Source,

Detroit Institute of Arts,

Charles Wright Museum of African American History,

the Arab American National Museum, Michigan Science Center,

the University of Michigan Detroit,

Detroit Historical Museum, Detroit Symphony Orchestra,

Detroit Public Television,

City of Detroit Department of Arts, Culture

and Entrepreneurship, Science Gallery of Detroit,

WDET 101.9 FM,

the Scarab Club, Keegan Foundation,

ACCESS, Hellenic Museum of Michigan,

College for Creative Studies, Marx Layne,

New Detroit Inc, Detroit Excellence in Youth Arts,

and Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau.

(upbeat music)

Stay tuned for more music

with our global and local fellow citizens

and masterful musicians for tonight's broadcast.

- Hi, I'm Ralph Valdez,

deputy director for the Concert of Colors.

As we look forward to returning

to an all live festival in the future,

this year, we are so proud

to have amazing partners presenting both live

and interactive programming.

But tonight I'm happy to bring to you remotely

from Guatemala, a new artist whose music layers,

Mayan spirituality, social activism,

and folk wisdom over a powerful, rhythm driven sound,

it's Juan Martinez, known as Doctor Nativo.

The music of Doctor Nativo calls

for social justice for his country's indigenous majority,

while incorporating a world fusion of dance grooves.

These exciting contrasts have led

to him becoming one

of Central America's most important new talents.

Doctor Nativo grew up in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.

In 1990 during their bloody Civil War,

his father was assassinated along with five of his friends.

His childhood,

which had begun so happily came crashing down.

But by the age of 15,

he had left school to become a traveling musician,

busking his way through Europe, India, and Latin America.

Eventually he settled in Barcelona, Spain,

where he played music in the street every day for years,

finding his voice through direct contact with the people.

Doctor Nativo's music is a proud declaration

of Mayan identity, calling to the ancestors

while letting them loose on the dance floor.

Songs such as "Rise Up" and "The Voice of the People"

celebrate indigenous resistance and social empowerment

with a joyful sound that includes reggae,

cumbia, and hip hop,

and features pre-Colombian instrumentation.

And now please join me in welcoming

to the Concert of Colors, Doctor Nativo.

- [Narrator] Ladies and gentlemen,

(speaks in foreign language)

Nativo.

(singing in foreign language)

- Are you ready for this, we say.

(singing in foreign language)

♪ That's right

♪ Are you ready for this

♪ One more time one more time one more time ♪

♪ One more time

♪ One more time

♪ What do you say

♪ Feel the funky reggae

♪ Feel the funky reggae music

♪ We say feel the funky reggae

♪ Feel the funky reggae music

(singing foreign language)

♪ Louder louder

♪ What do you say

♪ Wicked wicked

♪ Louder

♪ One more time

(singing in foreign language)

♪ Feel the funky reggae

(audience applauding)

(speaking in foreign language)

We're loving this time.

We want to shout out Concert of Colors in Detroit.

You know what, thank you for having us here.

And the next song

is for everybody

to get up, stand up like Mr. Bobby Marley used

to say, all right?

(speaking in foreign language)

Are you ready for this?

So get it up now.

Are you ready for this?

(singing in foreign language)

♪ All right

(singing in foreign language)

♪ We want peace

(singing in foreign language)

♪ We want peace in the world

♪ We want peace in the world we say ♪

(singing in foreign language)

♪ All right

(singing in foreign language)

♪ Are you ready for peace

♪ Are you ready for peace

(singing in foreign language)

♪ Okay everybody

(singing in foreign language)

(audience applauding)

(speaking in foreign language)

Thank you very.

(speaking in foreign language)

We're gonna continue this trip

around the world

with the many different colors that we represent.

(speaking in foreign language)

The grandfathers are with us.

(speaking in foreign language)

The next song?

(speaking in foreign language)

We want to invite you to go out of Babylon in

(speaking in foreign language)

(singing in foreign language)

♪ I live in Zion

♪ All right watch this

(singing in foreign language)

♪ We all live in Zion

♪ All right

(singing in foreign language)

♪ Let's go to Zion

♪ Are you ready for jump

♪ Zion Zion that's where we're come from ♪

♪ Zion Zion

(singing in foreign language)

♪ Zion Zion that's where we're come from ♪

♪ Zion Zion

(singing in foreign language)

♪ Again

(singing in foreign language)

♪ Let's go Zion

♪ Zion Zion that's where we're come from ♪

♪ Zion Zion

(singing in foreign language)

♪ Zion Zion that's where we're come from ♪

♪ Zion Zion

(singing in foreign language)

(audience applauding)

(speaking in foreign language)

We're enjoying this, enjoying ourselves.

Once again we thanks Concert of Colors for having us.

All the people in Detroit that are watching,

and around the world

(speaking in foreign language)

we love you.

(speaking in foreign language)

With the next track,

(speaking in foreign language)

Mexico city where the sun burns hard.

(speaking in foreign language)

(singing in foreign language)

(audience applauding)

(speaking in foreign language)

We're getting hot in here.

But don't take all of your clothes yet.

(speaking in foreign language)

In whatever language,

(speaking in foreign language)

international music language, all right?

And now we're gonna introduce you to the 20.

Who are the 20?

The 20 (speaking in foreign language)

from the Mayan calendar.

(speaking in foreign language)

(singing in foreign language)

♪ All the way from Guatemala

(singing in foreign language)

♪ All right all right

(singing in foreign language)

Are you ready for Mayan language?

(singing in foreign language)

♪ All right we say

(singing in foreign language)

2021.

(audience applauding)

(speaking in foreign language)

(singing in foreign language)

♪ International

(singing in foreign language)

♪ International

♪ Are you ready for jump

(singing in foreign language)

♪ Everyone

♪ Are you ready

(singing in foreign language)

♪ Hey you my people

(singing in foreign language)

♪ International

(singing in foreign language)

(audience applauding)

(speaking in foreign language)

I smell good.

That's very nice.

For everybody (speaking in foreign language)

For everybody (speaking in foreign language)

in whatever language.

(speaking in foreign language)

is called "La Sonadora."

That means the dreamer, all right?

(speaking in foreign language)

For those who dream with material things.

(speaking in foreign language)

(singing in foreign language)

♪ No Visa no Mastercard

(singing in foreign language)

(audience applauding)

(speaking in foreign language)

To the people that were putting the nice smell in the air.

(speaking in foreign language)

This is for you and for us.

(speaking in foreign language)

All right.

(speaking in foreign language)

(singing in foreign language)

♪ All right all right

(singing in foreign language)

♪ All right

(singing in foreign language)

♪ All the Fumancheros

(singing in foreign language)

(audience applauding)

(speaking in foreign language)

We're getting close to saying goodbye.

(speaking in foreign language)

We will want you to not forget.

Once again, big up,

big it up to the Concert of Colors in Detroit for having us.

And my people

(speaking in foreign language)

is a combination between (speaking in foreign language)

together.

(singing in foreign language)

♪ All right everybody we're gonna say ♪

(singing in foreign language)

All right my people are you ready for this?

(speaking in foreign language)

(singing in foreign language)

(audience applauding)

(speaking in foreign language)

With the last song.

(speaking in foreign language)

We're gonna say goodbye with the last one for tonight.

(speaking in foreign language)

Somebody help her for this song.

- It's broken.

- It's broken.

(speaking in foreign language)

We improvise.

(speaking in foreign language)

In whatever language,

in whatever language

(speaking in foreign language)

international music language.

(speaking in foreign language)

We're going to light up the fire

because we go all the way,

we go all the way back to

(speaking in foreign language)

(singing in foreign language)

♪ Okay everybody gonna say

♪ International

♪ All right

(singing in foreign language)

All right my people put your hands in air,

put your hands in the air.

Watch this, watch this.

(singing in foreign language)

♪ Once again what do we say

All right, are you ready for Mayan language?

(singing in foreign language)

Yes my people that's Nay Roze the violin.

Give it up.

(speaking in foreign language)

All right, are you ready to go to Puerto Rico?

(singing in foreign language)

All right my people are you ready for jump?

(singing in foreign language)

With what my people?

(singing in foreign language)

(audience applauding)

(speaking in foreign language)

(soft bright music)

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