Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Rapping in Aymara

My posting of Ukamau y Ke´s Tupak Katari recieved an blogosphere buzz awhile back so here is an article Ben Dangl wrote on the El Alto hip hop scene, for some added context.

Ben Dangl

At 13,000 feet, the hip hop movement in El Alto, Bolivia is probably the highest in the world. The music blends ancient Andean folk styles and new hip hop beats with lyrics about revolution and social change.

As the sun set over the nearby snow capped mountains, I sat down with Abraham Bojorquez, a well known El Alto hip hop artist. We opened up a bag of coca leaves and began to talk about what he calls a new "instrument of struggle."

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