'Na’lå’la’: Songs of Freedom Vol. 3' Concert July 4

Independent Guåhan

June 21, 2019 – Each July 4th the island commemorates the Independence Day of the United States, despite the fact that Guåhan remains its colony. For the past two years, Independent Guåhan (IG) has organized an annual concert on the Fourth of July to reflect on the colonial history of Guåhan and the need for a decolonized future. IG is proud to announce its third concert, “Na’lå’la’: Songs of Freedom Vol. 3” set to take place Thursday, July 4th from 3-6 pm in the front field at Adelup. This event is free and open to the public.

Independent Guåhan is an organization that is committed to educating the island community about the importance of Guåhan’s decolonization and the possibilities should it become an independent country. The organization has spent the past three years organizing General Assemblies, village meetings, teach-ins, petition drives, coffee shop conversations and podcasts. The Na’lå’la’ concert series represents another strategy for educating the people of Guåhan about their political future, through the use of art, poetry and music.

This year’s event will feature performances by local bands including Maseha Håfa, Strangers with Candy, JDinnaWave and Tradewinds (with Shannon McManus and Patrick Palomo). Each performance will connect to the overall theme of freedom, liberation and the working to create a better, and more independent future for Guåhan. In addition to the live performances, there will be informational booths, providing educational materials from various community groups.

In light of community years regarding the military buildup, destruction of sacred sites and the erasure of indigenous rights, for this year’s concert, IG invites the community to bring with them signs expressing what they want for Guåhan’s future.

For more information, please contact Dr. Michael Lujan Bevacqua at (671) 988-7106, email independentguahan@gmail.com, or visit www.independentguahan.com.

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