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Colombia: Ten rappers murdered for criticizing the system

22 November 2012

Ten rappers have been murdered in the last two years in the Colombian city Medellín. Their “crime”: that they volunteered to help getting young people away from paramilitary groups and drug gangs. 14 rappers have gone underground, and even more fear for their lives, reported the Danish newspaper Arbejderen. An article …

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Colombia: Rappers fighting for peace

10 January 2012

  This is the story about young hip-hoppers spreading a message of hope and peace while living within an armed conflict. 27-year old Jeihhco and his friends are using microphones, record players and education to change the everyday life in their neighborhood. Medellín in Colombia is known as one of …

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Colombia: Young hip-hop singer killed

1 September 2009

The 20-year-old singer Pacheco of the hip hop group C4 was shot by gunmen in August 2009 Pacheco (full name: Enrique Pacheco Hector Marmolejo) was murdered as he was on his way home at one o’clock in the afternoon, a block from the College Eduardo Santos in the western district …

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Colombia: Bellavista Social Club

20 October 2008

Bellavista Social Club es un grupo de rap quienes a través de sus canciones denuncian la situación en la que se encuentran los barrios mas desfavorecidos de la ciudad de Medellín y Colombia.   En este video Don Vito y Medina narran como días después del encarcelamiento del grupo Pasajeros …

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Colombia: Bellavista Social Club

20 October 2008

Colombian rappers and protest musicians Don Vito and Medina speak about their personal experiences of music censorship in Cobacabana. In this video interview they focus on how they have been threatened and persecuted because of the songs on the album ‘Road to Neighbour- hood’ (‘Camino al Barrio’).     Wimpy …

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Pasajeros

8 October 2008

  Vídeo con los raperos colombianos Don Vito y David Medina, integrantes del grupo Bellavista Social Club, donde exponen sus experiencias de persecución y atropellos cometidos por las fuerzas de seguridad del estado colombiano contra sus compañeros el grupo Los Pasajeros. En este vídeo Vito y Medina narran como son …

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Colombia: Pasajeros

8 October 2008

  Colombian rappers and protest musicians Don Vito and Medina speak about their personal experiences of music censorship in Cobacabana. In this interview they focus on what happened to their colleagues in the band Pasajeros. The interviews were recorded in May 2007.   The band Pasajeros was formed in 1991 …

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Colombia: FARC ideologue and musician reportedly killed

13 March 2008

UPDATE – 2015 In 2008, Freemuse reported – as seen below – that the Colombian rebel musician Julian Conrado had been assassinated. We have since received information indicating that he is alive and participating in the peace negotiations between FARC and the Colombian government in Havana, Cuba. See for instance this …

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Colombia: ‘Prohibited ballads’ banned on air, popular live

5 December 2006

The accordion-laced, hard-driving songs about Colombia’s underworld are called ‘corridos prohibidos’ – prohibited ballads – because established radio networks ban them from the air. The Washington Post describes why they have become so popular “In a country with Marxist rebels, death squads, cocaine traffickers and all manner of corrupt politicians, …

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