It’s been 21 years since Robby Romero’s groundbreaking Videos for MTV and VH1 combined Music and Activism using Art as a tool for social change, but this past November during Native American Heritage Month, it appeared that the music media had finally caught up with Romero who has always been way ahead of the curve.
A new series premiered on MTV2, Rebel Music zeroes in on a Grass Roots Movement of kids all over the world attempting to change their circumstances through music. In November MTV2 focused on Native American youth. Romero’s influence has finally begun to impact the way Mainstream Music Media is responding to the Zeitgeist.
Long a tireless activist for change via the Arts, Robby has a lot more to smile about these days, His young protege and Ambassador for his Foundation Native Children’s Survival, Ta’kaiya Blaney, is featured in the upcoming HBO Series Saving My Tomorrow which airs on Monday December 15th at 7pm EST.
Perhaps even more importantly Robby’s beautiful daughter Dakota Romero, who has shared the stage and traveled the world with her father since she was a child, has stepped up to the forefront. The video of her single La Llorona will be exclusively available on ITunes in 2015. Dakota is a living testament to her father’s life work and dream of a better future for all of our children.
Robby Romero and Robert Mirabal will perform together at the Taos Community Auditorium on December 19th. This has been a highly anticipated, annual event for Mirabal, but this year in lieu of going solo, his Christmas Concert will instead feature his and Robby Romero’s band, Iron Horse.
Next weekend we’ll profile Robert Mirabal solo here on taoStyle and give away another signed Iron Horse CD the following week so please stay with us.
Photograph of Robby Romero at Taos Pueblo by Rima Krisst
Photographs of Robby and his daughter Dakota at the Rio by Bill Curry