Mayan rapper Pat Boy, whose work has recently been featured in Marvel blockbuster Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will perform for the audience. Pat Boy teaches rap to kids and teenagers in his rural community in Quintana Roo, using the music genre as a vehicle to preserve Mayan language.
Pat Boy started his solo career in 2009 mixing genres such as reggae, pop, and reggaeton in Yucatecan Mayan. Besides paying homage to social justice leader Jacinto Pat, ‘pat’ means to create something new in Mayan and ‘boy’ symbolizes the desire to take creative work by the Mayan speaking community beyond borders. Pat Boy is also the co-founder and producer of ADN Maya Producciones, a company that fosters young talent and creativity across the Yucatan Peninsula. He produces the Ko’one’ex K’aay Rap Ich Máaya Festival, a cultural platform that supports the creative process of Indigenous young artists, and facilitates Rap Ich Máaya T ́aan, a methodology he created for bilingual kids and teenagers that promotes the practice of Mayan language through rap improvisation and rhyming.
This event is presented in partnership with the Smithsonian National Museum of the American, Indian with additional promotional support by Grupo Miztli