AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

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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 visit to Colombia’s Atlantic coast, I was on a mission to hear of Afro-Colombian sounds produced and consumed

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.