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Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Let’s talk about racism in Colombia

Last week, a classified ad appeared in a Colombian newspaper. It read, in the broken language of pay-per-word ads: A female surgeon doctor with college degree Internship in Clinic Inscription. 25-30 years old, of white skin. Needed, a personal interview Dr. Guarín, next July, 22nd, 10 A.m. Soon every news outlet in the country, as well

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

‘The incredible amount of similarities between Colombia and South Africa’

A small group of Colombians expatriates who have been living for several years in Johannesburg and Cape Town organized the first all-Colombian film festival in South Africa: SUR. The festival’s name translates as ‘south’ in Spanish. According to their organizers,...

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Latin America, the country–through Gabo’s eyes

'... Around the 1940’s, Giovanni Papini declared that Latin America had not provided anything to humanity, not even a saint, as if that was not good enough. He was wrong, because we did have Santa Rosa de...

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

The Shifting, Sonic Geography of Cartagena, Colombia

It had been three years since I’d visited Cartagena, and I was shocked by all the changes. They must have been bubbling under the surface the last time I came, because they seemed so drastic. On my first...

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Debating Afrocolombianidad

Most people outside Colombia know about the country’s African population through the music of groups like Latin Grammy winners Choquibtown, with their references (see here and here) to Chocó, a Colombian state populated by a majority of...

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Negros Cimarrones

By Caitlin Ringwood, Guest Blogger I just returned from a weeklong trip to La Guajira, a department in Colombia located in the northeastern region of the country on the Caribbean coast. La Guajira is home to El...

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Music Fridays

Mos Def is back. Which means I am happy. This for Ski Beats’ new album coming out in September.

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

Afro Colombiano

One of my students (from Colombia) pointed me to these songs of the Colombian hip hop group,  Choquibtown, representing for Colombia’s large, but often marginalized and persecuted, African population. The song, above, is “Somos Pacifico”

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

‘WHERE I COME FROM’

The song “De Donde Vengo Yo” (translated means Where I Come From) by Afro-Colombian hip-hop group, Chocquibtown. They represent for Colombia’s Pacific Coast.