The Kennedy Center

Las Krudas


Odaymara Cuesta and Olivia Prendes are Las Krudas, Cuban hip-hop MCs, independent musicians, poets, and theater performers representing womyn, immigrants, queer and people of color action as a central part of world change. They choose the art as a weapon to fight for rights, for balance, for justice, against oppression. They were both born and raised in Cuba and began in the “Artivism” early in their lives.
In 1996, they founded the first vegan and queer activist arts group in Havana, Cuba, called Cubensi. By 1999, they had chosen hip-hop music as their preferred form of expression, recording their first album, Cubensi Hip Hop, in 2003.
In 2006, they relocated to Austin, Texas. They have been performing, recording, giving workshops, educating, and touring in the Caribbean and North, Central, and South America. They bring Cubensi hip hop, dance hall, cumbia, old school, mixtapes, and new strongly beautiful beats from all around the world with their amazing Afro Caribbean rebel lyrics & voices to empower the community.

Watch Past Performances

Video 3/30/2014: Nomadic Wax Presents Las Krudas and KEUR-GUI

This double bill features Las Krudas, a female duo of hip-hop MCs, musicians, poets, and theater performers born and raised in Cuba who work to fight against oppression and to celebrate life. Joining Las Krudas is KEUR-GUI, a group of hip-hop musicians from Senegal whose music and performances speak out against bad governance and regime corruption in their home country. Please note: This performance contains explicit language. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.

Las Krudas