In partnership with @Spotify & @HateIsAVirus, we present #WeRise - Songs by Asian Americans calling for self-empowerment, self-determination, solidarity, and fighting erasure. Listen now - Link in bio.
In unprecedented times, our community artists have come thru with an unprecedented response! More than 70% of these songs were created since the pandemic started last year. It is important to recognize the way that artists have used their voice to address the issues that face our communities.
Music carries a special power—to physically and emotionally move us. It connects us to other people and places. As an antidote for these times, we invited community members to share their favorite songs. Through these tracks, we call up the ancestors, stay present and look to the future.
GRAMMY FIRSTS is a music history series by TRAKTIVIST celebrating the first Asian Americans to win Grammy Awards.
Larry Ramos became the first Asian / Filipino American to win a Grammy Award in 1963.
Hilario D. "Larry" Ramos Jr., of Filipino descent, was born and raised in Hawaii. In 1962, Larry Ramos joined The New Christy Minstrels, an American large-ensemble folk music group. Ramos provided backup vocals and played the banjo as well as other stringed instruments.