Aztlan Roots was born in 2003 when a group of like minded DJs, artists, and social activists decided to band together to better serve the community.
We chose the name “Aztlán Roots” to represent the pre-colonial origins of our native Oakland and represent the importance of our ancestors and community. We see music and gatherings as the ideal way to build our community, establish relationships, and let off steam from the demanding work of changing our society.
Our symbol is the Rastafari symbol of a lion, stylized to reflect traditional Aztec and Maya art. Aztlán is the name of the promised land in Aztec mythology, used here to acknowledge its more modern use for Mexican lands annexed by the United States as well as the notion that much of the society that we are working to change was installed through the colonization and exploitation of Aztec lands. Our plan is to rebuild and re-imagine our community from the ground up and create a “promised land” free of the societal norm that financial gain is the ultimate goal.
Born and raised in Oakland, California, Delgado had his first gig in 1991. He moved to Los Angeles in 1994, and began working at radio station KSPC, where he hosted the most listened-to Reggae show in Los Angeles for five years, still keeping on top of Hip Hop by hosting a well known weekly open mic night. more »