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Far East Movement's Kev Nish talks Rock the Vote, political activism and more




Some years ago, the guys from Far East Movement sat at a booth outside the Sunset Room in Hollywood. They had come to sign autographs at a Rock the Vote event and help people at the club register to vote.

But as Kev Nish sat, he realized he wasn't even registered to vote. He'd spent the whole of his youth focused on music with his band, not paying attention to candidates or messages. So that night, he registered.

"I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm fairly late," said the rapper for Far East Movement. "Once I did get involved through music, you know, I was able to learn."

It's the point of Rock the Vote, which for 21 years has rallied to engage young people in the political process through pop culture, entertainment and music. The Rock the Vote bus still tours today, and it will head to Tampa Bay for the Republican National Convention, stopping Tuesday at Saint Leo University for a concert with Far East Movement, then Ybor City's Amphitheatre for a dance party with DJ Steve Aoki.

For more on Far East Movement and Rock the Vote, click here for Stephanie Hayes' story.

[Last modified: Friday, August 24, 2012 12:24pm]


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