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WuLatino- MANGANI
06-24-2008, 11:01 PM
ARTICLE FROM WWW.BLACKTINO.NET

Mangani of the Jungle, for Mayor?
Celebrity Buzz Exclusives
Written by Lynx Garcia - Blacktino.net Contributor
Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Mickey Angel Couvertier Pizarro, also known as Mangani, reggaeton/Latin hip hop artist was born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico to parents who were from Loiza P.R. and he was raised in San Jose, California. The Pizarro family was a musically inclined family, and at the ripe age of 4, Mangani's father made him sing at church.
When he was 8 years old, he began to rap to the very same songs. It wasn't till the age of 13, he would truly consider himself a rapper. When Mangani turned 15, his family moved back to Puerto Rico and he graduated high school in Loiza. I asked Mangani, where on earth did he come up with the name Mangani, and I also asked, if it had any meaning. He took a deep breath and began to explain:

" Many figures from Loiza have been nicknamed Mangani, like Sammy Fuentes the boxer. It's from the Tarzan novels, but became popular in Loiza in the 70's, as a term meaning "crazy," or used to describe kids who did "jungle" things, like climb palm trees, snorkel for lobster, surf, go crabbing, digging for clams, playing congas, etc. The history, the meaning compared to how I grew up in Loiza, I used to climb palm trees for coconuts, I used to make vejigante masks, fish for lobster, crabs, conch, dig for clams…I was a jungle dude…Mangani. I had a friend that I distinctly recall calling me that who was killed by another friend of mine, and for some reason I kept remembering a conversation I had with him, in which he said his older brother and I were "Mangani," because we did all those things and I just stuck in my head."


I secretly smiled to myself and I laughed, because I recalled looking at his picture for the first time, and I was a little taken back. I had expected the usual studio photo shoot picture, but what I found instead, was a man with his mouth open wide, as if he were screaming or wailing and in the background. You could see the sun struggling to break out of dark clouds and treetops, green hued leaves all around and I had thought to myself "Y este loco?" (And this nut?). But once I heard his explanation, and I recalled his style and delivery and the lyrical content of his hit single "Mangani Puneta," the name suited him just fine.

There is a line in this particular song that I love, "Yo le tiro al la calle lo que la calle pide" (What I put out in the streets is what the streets ask for). What exactly are the streets asking for, Mangani?

" Well, the streets I'm referring to, is the "Cacos" that I know, the streets I grew up on, and the veteran artists that I know, as well as fans that tell me what they like from me and what they don't like from me. They want truth. They want music that makes sense and makes them think. They don't want to hear love stories, novelas de cuernos, [bedroom drama] singing, nice thinly plucked eyebrows, glittery and shiny shirts, etc. Personally, I feel "reggaeton" has been hijacked by metrosexuals, and the "Caco" culture is being suppressed. I want to bring back that appeal. They want "black" music to sound "black."

Speaking of race and color Mangani, what ethnicity do you consider yourself?

" Black, Afro-Boricua, Afro-Antillano, Boricua, Afro-Latino, Latino, Blacktino, he says as he laughs, "all of the above."

I asked him what his educational background was. He let me know that he did not go to college, but he did receive all of his training in the military, first in Intelligence and Electronic Systems Repair and later as a Biomedical Engineer.

" I have manufacturer certifications on specific equipment, and by the end of this year should have at least one acronym behind my name. So no standard "higher education," but in my defense I do read a lot. LOL!"

Hmmm, a Biomedical Engineer? I almost had to look it up, but he explained that it was just a fancy word for someone who fixes medical equipment. He also shared with me that, he has been volunteering for trips to South America (right now, Ecuador) to train technicians there, collect and test donated equipment, help them organize their departments, etc.

" Part of my Biomedical Engineering work has lately been charitable. The company I work for, Trimedx, is owned by a non-profit organization, Ascension Health, which is the largest Catholic Health Organization in the U.S. Trimedx owns the Trimedx Foundation, which is a non-profit org that helps other non-profits on missions around the world, in healthcare equipment management. I am currently the lead tech for Ecuador.

In Ecuador we are supporting the Timmy Foundation, a group formed by medical students, which provide medical aid to different countries, and together we are helping out La Fundacion Tierra Nueva (New World Foundation), which has a 50 bed hospital (Instituto Medico Tierra Nueva) and is currently building a 150 bed hospital in Quito Sur, the poorest area of the capital Quito. To put things in perspective, a 50 bed hospital in the US serves a community of about 5,000 people, and a 150 bed hospital serves communities of 10,000-30,000 along with smaller support hospitals in the area. The hospitals in Quito serve a population of 700,000, and are the only affordable hospitals in the area.
My work there consists of training technicians in repair and maintenance of medical equipment, organization of the department, equipment and parts procurement, and advising the administrative staff. I will be going on my second trip in July, and due to the success of our last trip, this next trip will be filmed almost entirely."

I wondered what a hood healing reggeatonero would aspire to in his already bright future. The answer shouldn't have surprised me, but it did. What else but to run for Mayor of Loiza, Puerto Rico in 2012.

"This is something I have wanted since I was 16 years old, when I was involved in the political campaigns of then PPD (Partido Popular Democratico) candidate for Governor Hector Luis Acevedo, and then PPD candidate for Mayor of Loiza, Eddie de Jesus. I noticed major flaws in both their campaigns (and due to my age and inexperience, I was ignored), and in their messages. I have since adopted the political ideologies of people like Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos, and if given the party's blessing, I wish to run as a Partido Nacionalista de Puerto Rico candidate (first ever in Loiza)."

Why not? All things are possible and this young man certainly has his ear and voice to the street (Cacos), to the community that influences his music. If you pay attention to his lyrics, he is in tune with the struggles and concerns of the people, and he utilizes his knowledge to empower those less fortunate. I cannot wait to see the world's first reggeatonero/rapper, run for office and pursue a political career. This is going to be muy interesante (very interesting), not to mention historical. I will keep you informed.

And now for the question from Blacktino.net's Editor: "How can we continue to raise the consciousness of the African Diaspora and understanding our commonalities within the African-American, Afro-Latino & Latino communities, with the intent of bridging the gap and 'Building Ethnic Unity?'"

" I believe there has to be a higher level of exposure of the reality of Afro-Latinos. We have to reclaim our music, expose others to our culture, and just educate, educate, educate. I believe there has to be an open dialogue, and we should be included in these African-American gatherings that discuss the "state of the black union," etc. We have to make others aware of our contributions to society, including informing African-Americans about the Afro-Latino contributions to Civil Rights and Hip Hop. There are conferences, meetings, websites, etc. about African-American society and Latin American society, but neither can join as the "one" people we truly are, until "us" in the middle unite. I think we are the glue that holds these communities together, but we are neither recognized nor appreciated. Blacks attack Latinos; Latinos attack blacks…what about us, who are both? You can't have cohesion between two "different" cultures, until the similarities are truly exposed, and we are the bread and butter of those similarities."

There is so much more to Mangani and many more facts about his history in the underground music scene, such as his collabo with Rza and his one time partner in the rap game La Sister, and of course his brother Dj Tito, who is his producer and right hand man. Be sure to stop by Mangani's MySpace page, to read up on his bio and listen to his music, and show him some love and support.

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RzaRectum
06-25-2008, 02:16 AM
Right on.

SG
06-26-2008, 02:02 AM
The article was good and healthy for the brain

its good to see people move in their own direction

WuLatino- MANGANI
06-26-2008, 06:44 PM
The article was good and healthy for the brain

its good to see people move in their own direction

-That's some good feedback. Thanks for checkin it out!

SG
07-24-2008, 11:50 PM
I did forget to ask another question from that article...

When will that transition take place?

WuLatino- MANGANI
08-04-2008, 04:33 PM
I did forget to ask another question from that article...

When will that transition take place?

What transition?

SG
08-17-2008, 11:02 AM
ARTICLE FROM WWW.BLACKTINO.NET (http://WWW.BLACKTINO.NET)

Mangani of the Jungle, for Mayor?
Celebrity Buzz Exclusives
Written by Lynx Garcia - Blacktino.net Contributor
Tuesday, 24 June 2008



I wondered what a hood healing reggeatonero would aspire to in his already bright future. The answer shouldn't have surprised me, but it did. What else but to run for Mayor of Loiza, Puerto Rico in 2012.

"This is something I have wanted since I was 16 years old, when I was involved in the political campaigns of then PPD (Partido Popular Democratico) candidate for Governor Hector Luis Acevedo, and then PPD candidate for Mayor of Loiza, Eddie de Jesus. I noticed major flaws in both their campaigns (and due to my age and inexperience, I was ignored), and in their messages. I have since adopted the political ideologies of people like Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos, and if given the party's blessing, I wish to run as a Partido Nacionalista de Puerto Rico candidate (first ever in Loiza)."



What transition?

Whats in red?

WuLatino- MANGANI
08-20-2008, 05:16 PM
Well, I don't know what you mean by "transition"... I intend to run as me. I am a professional and I am well known in Loiza. I don't understand what you are referring to as a "transition". If you are asking when I will start campaigning, probably some time in 2010-2011, but I am already paying my dues politically.

Maccabee Ridah
09-06-2008, 04:41 PM
Yo Mangani, how many albums has Wu-Latino as a group has released??!

SG
09-07-2008, 11:20 PM
Well, I don't know what you mean by "transition"... I intend to run as me. I am a professional and I am well known in Loiza. I don't understand what you are referring to as a "transition". If you are asking when I will start campaigning, probably some time in 2010-2011, but I am already paying my dues politically.

You answered the question. I will get back to you on this.

WuLatino- MANGANI
09-19-2008, 10:21 AM
Yo Mangani, how many albums has Wu-Latino as a group has released??!

Wu Latino is not a group, it's a record label, and they've put out 2 mixtapes *rolls eyes* in the past 3.5 years...

Maccabee Ridah
09-19-2008, 05:59 PM
^^ Ahh, kk....

Thanx....

P.E.A.C.E.

HZA HECTOR
10-07-2009, 04:36 PM
What's a nacionalist to put to be straight forward anti-americans on the island that don't support america but do like there money and name brand toys a lot.basicaly puerto rican communist who share ideas with cuban communist on the island and dominican republicans.ppd the main group responsable for stealing millions of american dollars that were intended for the fixing up of schools,to help drug addicted youth and aids victims,education etc.and who constently blame or attack the pnp partido nuevo progresista pro american party fighting for are rights and democracy (quote me on this the only democracy the puerto rican people know and will ever know) fighting to be the 51st state of the united states of america a country that has given us a lot enough for these asshole to steal and make themselves rich at the same time there in office.and the only way we can say thank you is by expressing that we want puerto rico to become a state since spain turned over puerto rico to the united states of america.town know as (el pueblo de los negritos) a community who population consist of majority of black spanish speaking citisens.decendents of slaves who were brought here from africa during the negro slave trade by the spanish from spain.the true inhabitants of the island of puerto rico or boriquen are the taino indians who fought against the spanish and the carib indians(tribe of cannibal indians that lived in the caribeans and navigated its islands). By hector laboy alvarado jr.

HZA HECTOR
10-07-2009, 04:39 PM
He's asking you the transition between you being a ppd and becoming a nationalist.

HZA HECTOR
10-07-2009, 04:41 PM
Fucken anti-american comunist motherfuckers
no se muelde la mano que te alimenta.

Drunken Monk
10-07-2009, 04:43 PM
Stop bullshiting

WuLatino- MANGANI
10-08-2009, 12:15 PM
I'm going to have to respond to you with the assumption that you have very little education.

What's a nacionalist

-A member of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party. This is the first political party formed in Puerto Rico, and counted among it's ranks people like Ramon Emeterio Betances, Pedro Albizu Campos, Luis Munoz Rivera, Alfonso Arturo Schomburg, and other historical figures from Puerto Rico who basically established our political system, and greatly affected our culture, and in the case of Schomburg, African American culture as he was the first person to establish a library on African American History.

to put to be straight forward anti-americans on the island that don't support america but do like there money and name brand toys a lot.

-Being a Nationalist does not make you anti-American. In fact, the desire and need for a nation's independence is best chronicled in the American example. The Nationalist Party was first headquartered in New York during the time of Spanish colonial rule, and has maintained that headquarters ever since. From New York, Puerto Ricans and Cubans planned with Americans for the fight that would liberate both countries from Spanish colonial rule. At the end of the Spanish American war, the US granted Cuba it's independence, and maintained Puerto Rico and other countries (Guam, the Philipines, etc.) as territories. Nationalism is the desire for a free and independent nation, nothing more. You will also find more Nationalists who are highly educated, and speak English with greater fluency than most Partido Nuevo Progresistas (pro-statehood party), and you will notice even from Hector's post that the greatest argument for statehood is US support, while the greatest argument for Nationalism is independence.

basicaly puerto rican communist who share ideas with cuban communist on the island and dominican republicans.

-You will find very few Nationalists who are Socialists as well, as there is also a Socialist Party in Puerto Rico. Nationalists sympathize with Castro in that Cuba is under an embargo from a greater world power, and is the victim of an empire just as any modern colony, particularly Puerto Rico. This sympathy is neither integral to Nationalism, nor part of the tenets of the party.

ppd the main group responsable for stealing millions of american dollars that were intended for the fixing up of schools,to help drug addicted youth and aids victims,education etc.and who constently blame or attack the pnp partido nuevo progresista pro american party fighting for are rights and democracy (quote me on this the only democracy the puerto rican people know and will ever know) fighting to be the 51st state of the united states of america a country that has given us a lot enough for these asshole to steal and make themselves rich at the same time there in office.

-Just as a two party system is counterproductive to American political progress, so it is with Puerto Rican politics. The PPD and the PNP are equally responsible for our current state of finance, polarization, and ignorance. The PIP and the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party, as well as other pro-independence parties advocate education, independence, and self-determination. We do not "thank" the US for colonialization, but this does not make us anti-American. Pedro Albizu Campos, as I have, served in the US Army. Once an American soldier, always an American soldier. I was sworn to defend and protect the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. This vow re-inforced my nationalism, as it is the heart and soul of the Constitution. If imitation is the greatest form of flattery, then the US should be flattered that we would like to follow in their footsteps and become independent and self-determined. Pro-statehooders advocate more dependence, and subserviance to an empire they see as completely beneficial. The US has given Puerto Rico nothing it did not take in the first place.

and the only way we can say thank you is by expressing that we want puerto rico to become a state since spain turned over puerto rico to the united states of america.

-Puerto Rico was an autonomous province of Spain. The US invaded Puerto Rico, and enacted an illegal occupation which was later justified by the US Congress. In 1917, after a plebiscite in which the majority of the people refused US Citizenship, the US Congress imposed US Citizenship on Puerto Ricans- two months before the US joined WWI. This served to impose the draft on poor Puerto Ricans who had no reason to fight in a world war.

town know as (el pueblo de los negritos) a community who population consist of majority of black spanish speaking citisens.decendents of slaves who were brought here from africa during the negro slave trade by the spanish from spain.

-Though this is a poorly written paragraph, I will try to translate through the ignorance and illiteracy. It seems Hector is referring to Loiza, my home town. I don't understand what is the purpose of this paragraph, but the statements should be common sense to anyone familiar with the slave trade.

the true inhabitants of the island of puerto rico or boriquen are the taino indians who fought against the spanish and the carib indians(tribe of cannibal indians that lived in the caribeans and navigated its islands). By hector laboy alvarado jr.

-I also don't understand the purpose of this paragraph. In fact, Loiza is named after Yuisa, a Taino princess. She married a Spaniard and together they established the town of Loiza which became a safe-haven for escaped slaves (both Taino and African). The Tainos did not fight the Spaniards. In fact, "Taino" means "peace", and the indians were Arawak like the Seminoles of Florida. The tri-king Kingdom consisted of Aiti in the island of Hispaniola (Haiti and DR) which they called "Quisqueya", Agueybana in Puerto Rico which they called Boriken, and the Ciboney of Cuba (amongst many other Arawakan Cuban caciques, Ciboney being the largest). Aiti was the head of this confederation of Caciques, and there were many others on each island. There was a Taino revolt in the 1500's in which they joined their more martial neighbors, the Caribes, to try to overthrow the Spaniards. Today over 70% of the Puerto Rican population have Taino mitochondrial DNA as the Spanish did not at first bring females with them on their voyages.

If Hector wants a battle of wits, he can have one. If he wants a battle on wax, bring it. I am humble when I need to be, but will humiliate others when they need to be put in their place.

WuLatino- MANGANI
10-08-2009, 12:18 PM
He's asking you the transition between you being a ppd and becoming a nationalist.

I am not a PPD. Thanks.

WuLatino- MANGANI
10-08-2009, 12:20 PM
Fucken anti-american comunist motherfuckers
no se muelde la mano que te alimenta.

Don't bite the hand that feeds me? I feed myself. I'm a grown man, and I trust in the ability of Puerto Ricans to govern themselves. Your position is that the US is somehow more evolved and more capable of governing Puerto Rico. You don't understand that your position is derogatory to Puerto Ricans.

HZA HECTOR
10-09-2009, 09:37 AM
Thats true you climb trees pick coconuts and bananas and shit.jane me tarzan shit.

And where did you get your information from a spaniard.
That shit you wrote above is funny you actually think you know something
look at a map of puerto rico son.at the land mass do you think puerto rico could survive as a nation without the help of america and the amercian citisens of different cultural denominations.
And about loiza that i noticed that the black community segregates itself from other social groups on the island.
The tainos didn't fight the carib or the spanish they became chiefs by throwing raspa yuca contest,the one that peeled the most yucas became chief.
Lets talk about haiti and dr.(dominican republic)
what mangani is not telling you drunken monk is that the haitian people are the decendents of the carib indians cannibal tribe man eaters,human meat eaters,human sacrifice and that d.r. And haiti are on the same island and that the spanish black dominican community discriminate against the haitian population and treat them like slaves and that both practice haitian voodoo or what latinos call brujeria or santeria.and that the carib indians were black indians of a black skin color.

WuLatino- MANGANI
10-09-2009, 11:37 AM
I'm a born american of the united states of american and don't have to listen to this comi shit.
And hip-hop started in the united states of america
eastcoast kid
so babalu ayae your ass back to africa
and please refer to me as lord hza when you address me.

Then quit repping Puerto Rico.

WuLatino- MANGANI
10-09-2009, 11:47 AM
I left this post here to showcase your ignorance.

Thats true you climb trees pick coconuts and bananas and shit.jane me tarzan shit.

-This is what pro-statehood "puerto ricans" do- they either resort to name calling, or the racist within them comes out, or both.

look at a map of puerto rico son.at the land mass do you think puerto rico could survive as a nation without the help of america and the amercian citisens of different cultural denominations.

-Puerto Rico has traditionally held one of the highest GDP's in Latin America, and is among the highest for a country of it's size. There are hundreds of independent nations similar in size to Puerto Rico that survive without dependence. I believe the educated of Puerto Rico can develop ways for self-sustainment. I also believe that people who don't believe in self-determination should move out of Puerto Rico and get on welfare.

And about loiza that i noticed that the black community segregates itself from other social groups on the island.

-Loiza is not segregated by choice. It is the least developed municipality in the most urban area of the island. If you think that is self-imposed then you must be ignoring the obvious facts.


what mangani is not telling you drunken monk is that the haitian people are the decendents of the carib indians cannibal tribe man eaters,human meat eaters,human sacrifice and that d.r. And haiti are on the same island and that the spanish black dominican community discriminate against the haitian population and treat them like slaves and that both practice haitian voodoo or what latinos call brujeria or santeria.and that the carib indians were black indians of a black skin color.

-I think it's obvious Hector has a problem with people of African ancestry. He might just hate himself...

Drunken Monk
10-09-2009, 09:16 PM
mangani peace

ete weon dunnot about whats respeto

hzactors shit

Sativahhh
02-08-2010, 07:10 AM
arriba Puertorro Mangani

HZA HECTOR
04-29-2010, 02:03 PM
Yah thought i was dead then like a revengful ghost i appeared again.

HZA HECTOR
04-29-2010, 02:16 PM
Puertorro
in street slang means
cabrones
because a torro has horns and has to do with the quelnos
por que se lo pegaron
that what happens when
sore losers
thats what happens
when you tangle wit the devil

RagnaroK
05-01-2010, 12:47 PM
I trust in the ability of Puerto Ricans to govern themselves
Im not into politics nor Im here to argue I just wanted to do this post and leave

Puerto Rico population almost reach the 4 million last year i saw an article on the newspaper "EL Nuvo Dia" that more than 2 million Puertorriqueños are on food stamps
that means that more than half of Puerto Ricans don't have jobs and I don't use the term unemployed because a great % of those 2 million have never work on their life some of them even quitted their jobs to get free money

and that # continues to increase you wanna know why because those people grow accustom living life without work never making any effort to find a job or even a simple par time now you have those people on food stamp for their entire lifetime when those people become fathers and mothers they will quickly add those children into the benefits to get more money now these children are raised in that environment where they were never taught what hard work is so once those children become adults become fathers and mothers themselves they will go straight into the Family Department to get food stamps with their names on it so now it becomes a circle with each generation becoming less & less educated without any dreams of their own without any desire to get a degree on the university to the point where they don't know their own addresses their own social security # or the simple difference between credit & debit
(I know what Im talking about because I work with them)

my point is for an independent country one of the most important things for it to prosper is a population that can produce for that country you can't have a country where half of its population are uneducated and lazy another thing is IF PR ever reach independence that other half "the working class" will go straight into American soil you'll end up with nothing to support the country

thats 1 of the many things that I think PR can't become independent
not to mention the corruption of politics that will certainly increase and the incoming internal battle for the control of the country
remember some people will use independence to gain power

Drunken Monk
05-25-2012, 04:57 AM
yo mangani where u at?

WuLatino- MANGANI
04-13-2014, 08:55 PM
Monk-

To answer your question, my brother, DJ Tito (aka DJ Tito Cacoteo), is the owner/CEO of cacoteoradio.com/cacoteo.com

At one point I owned cacoterecords.com, but took it down last year.

Drunken Monk
04-14-2014, 03:21 AM
gracias por la respuesta bro, cheque tu mail