Don Giovanni Records is releasing a discography of the complete works of Ronnie Vega aka Curan Cottman, in memorial of his passing away last week. Ron was a very important person in the Philadelphia DIY punk and hip hop scenes. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of his discography will be donated to the Oshun Family Center, who is currently providing free therapy for Black residents of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland in the wake of the impact of the current conditions of both the COVID-19 pandemic which disproportionately is affecting the Black community, as well as the continued killings of Black people at the hands of police.
The release of this discography falls on the same day as a memorial vigil is being held for Ronnie at LAVA Space in Philadelphia.
Ian Winter, Ronnie's friend and bandmate, has organized a Go Fund Me for the Cottman Family for Vega's final arrangements.
"Curan Cottman aka Ronnie Vega will be remembered as a light in the life of everyone that knew him, but his music talks vividly about the trauma of racism and capitalism that he experienced as a Black person in America. To honor our friend, his band would like to make his music available for purchase with all the proceeds going to a fund, organized by Saleemah McNeil, that helps Black people in the Philadelphia area connect with free therapy. - Ian Winter
Some information about the Oshun Family Center, and the important work they are doing which this collection will be benefiting:
Saleemah McNeil, psychotherapist and founder of Oshun Family Center in Jenkintown, is now offering free therapy to Black residents of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland. Amid a pandemic that’s disproportionately impacting the Black community, the continued killings of Black people at the hands of police officers, and global anti-racism protests, Saleemah is using her platform to help the local Black community take care of their mental health right now. To support our efforts, please donate to paypal.me/oshunfamctr