Text by Jim Mathers.  Photographs courtesy of Emanuel Cole Studios.

Joining the band & bar hop across downtown Raleigh on a recent weekend in September, TRIBES Magazine hit the streets, for the third annual HOPSCOTCH MUSIC FESTIVAL and found visitors enjoying some of the nations best independent and major label bands as they all converged on downtown Raleigh, NC this September 6th, 7th, and 8th, 2012. A favorite among many exciting highlights in the Triangle music and event scene and perfect welcome to a Fall 2012 concert and event schedule in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill region, the festival, founded in 2012 by the Independent Weekly’s own Greg Lowenhagen and beloved music editor, Grayson Currin, continued its mission with this years showcase, bringing important local bands together with established national indy and major label acts, in a way that exposed them to new partnerships, influences, and audiences, while forging groundbreaking new communities here in the Triangle. Read more now in TRIBES 8th Anniversary issue!


Bocafloja “Memoria”

“Memoria” narrates a journey of more than fifteen years in which Bocafloja has utilized spoken word and rap music as an alternative platform to communicate and build with communities all over the world. The video was shot in Harlem and Bronx New York by Magee and produced by Nomadic Wax. The project effectively portrays Bocafloja’s journey as an artist and activist, whose final destination is the establishment of an emancipatory experience. Visit or

Catch BOCAFLOJA at the 2012 A3C Hip Hop Festival in Atlanta, GA October 12, 2012.