Close out HAAPIFEST 2019 with the introduction of a new category for music videos featuring Joyce Kwon, Kenzo Le, Jameelah Rose Lineses, and Hanzila. Enjoy this special evening of art with delicious Texas BBQ by Blood Bros. BBQ.
Chinese Community Center
LYTA is a 21-year-old Vietnamese-American singer/songwriter/producer from Houston, Texas. Her style has been uniquely called “alternatively icy & warm.” With a tasteful genre-bending style of alternative-pop R&B. LYTA self writes, produces, directs, composes her own projects and in a little less than a year her debut EP has received top 10 best local albums by the Houston Chronicle, nominated best live act, singer and newcomer of 2018 by the Houston Press, her song Cherry Eyes has been featured on OnesToWatch playlist and has opened and performed with acts such as Shoffy, RKCB & KevJumba. At 19 she was selected as one of the 70 performers for the Houston Super-Bowl Live Shows in 2017. She was previously named by rising indie bands NoVacations “one to watch”.
Jason Hohyun Lee is a 19-year-old Korean R&B singer and producer. He goes under his moniker HOHYUN for his creative projects. His music is a swirl of refreshing pop and smooth R&B with his own flavorful twist and touches on the reminiscence of young love. He has already amassed notoriety with over 20K+ streams on his projects within less than a year of their release.
Meta Sarmiento, a Guam-born Filipino, a Denver-based artist, is the winner of the LYKMYNDYD Cypher, a Top 12 Finisher at WRLD UNDERGROUND MC Tournament, and winner of DJ Cavem’s Water is Life Rap Challenge 2016. Meta is also an honorable mention for the Loft Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship 2018, a National Poetry Slam Semifinalist with Slam Nuba 2017, a TEDx speaker, and winner of Spoken Word for the World 2015 where he was flown to Paris, France to perform during the United Nations Climate Negotiations. Meta’s work explores themes of cultural identity, masculinity, environmentalism, love, loss, and healing.
This story begins in the early 90’s, in a small, middle class suburb of SW Houston named Alief. What distinguished this suburb from others was the melting pot of cultures and the joining of the white and blue collar workers. Growing up in Alief during this time was special. The bonds that were formed between young teenagers were more than just friendships; they were brotherhoods. Moving into adulthood, most set out to follow their own destinies in life. After traveling down their own paths for nearly two decades, three Alief men’s lives crossed paths once again. It seemed as if no time had passed between them, as they were able to pick up where they left off. The brotherhood was still intact and stronger than ever. In 2014, a year after rebooting their friendship, the three men developed an awareness of a shared enthusiasm for three things: good friends, good food and good times. With this realization, they set out on a new endeavor, creating the path of Blood Bros. BBQ.