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(en) Rebeca Lane: Anarchist and feminist rap from Guatemala By ANA (pt) [machine translation]

Date Wed, 13 Jun 2018 09:20:18 +0300


Violence and women are key themes in the rhymes of Guatemalan ragdoll Rebeca Lane, who is in Europe presenting her latest album, ' Obsidiana '. After his visit to Germany and Austria, he visits Spain this month. ---- by Judit Alonso ---- Rebeca Lane started singing in 2012 and has already released five albums: Canto, Poesía Poemía, Dulce Muerte, Mestiza Alma and Obsidiana . Nevertheless, his artistic career began earlier. "It was a natural step, I was already doing poetry that started to have more musicality, like hip hop, then I started rapping," he explained in an interview with Deutsche Welle because of his European tour that took him to several countries, including the Germany. ---- This is the fourth visit to the German country. "Since the first time I came there were plenty of people who knew my music in feminist and queer circles." The first time was in 2016. In 2017 the singer visited Germany on two occasions and this year has been here again. Although it has already ascended to several scenarios of cities like Berlin and Frankfurt, in each new trip new cities are incorporated to the German script. One contributing factor is that "a label, Flofish, has already released two of my albums in Germany," he said.

Roots that mark letters

Lane conducted sociology studies at the University of San Carlos of Guatemala, during which he conducted research on urban cultures, including hip hop. "The social sciences are also to transform reality," he said. The studies, as well as his native ancestry by his mother, marked his musical career. "Being aware of having indigenous ancestry is a path that came through music," he explained, recalling that it is a process of understanding "our cultural heritage" and "rebuilding the roots, of looking back ". "In the Guatemalan case this ancestry is denied which names the European ancestors but not the previous ones," he lamented, stressing that "the family has lost its language." And is that "the fact of being indigenous implies that your living conditions are lower than the rest."

The situation of indigenous peoples in Guatemala has been criticized at the international level. Only a couple of weeks ago, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, called the "failure of the State of Guatemala" the persistent and historic situation of discrimination against the indigenous population, a descendant of Mayan culture . "There are racist state policies criminalizing indigenous peoples," she said, recalling the killing of several community leaders last May due to their "resistance to megaprojects."

The discontent with the country's political situation, which has recently experienced a wave of demonstrations calling for the resignation of its president, Jimmy Morales, is also evident in the artist's rhymes. In the song ' Reina del Caos ', which deals with her experience as a feminist and anarchist, she denounces a country where social mobilization is criminalized. "If you have made many marches to go. Jimmy Morales only had three months in office when the cases of corruption came out, "he recalled.

Rhymes with commitment

Lane criticism that to make art and have spaces of promotion in Guatemala one should not talk about political reality and historical memory. An aspect that is reflected in ' Missing ', a song dedicated to his aunt, guerrilla and poet Rebeca Eunice Vargas Braghiroli, who is among the 45,000 people registered as missing by the Guatemalan army at the end of the Civil War in 1981. In America Central to hip hop culture reports the realities of societies, "he said.

Machismo, discrimination against women and violence are a recurring theme in his discography; is reflected in themes like ' This body is mine ' or ' Ni encerradas ni con miedo ', which collect personal experiences: for three years the rapper maintained a relationship with a man who mistreated her physically and psychologically. "It marked my life as a woman," he recalled in speaking of this experience.

Nonetheless, "hip hop, as a tool for expressing emotions, has allowed me to empower myself and to empathize with other women," he said. "The songs had their power, I did not think about the effect that would have," he assured. For this reason, I am now "more aware of what I write." Thus, in one of the songs of his last album, ' Siempre viva ', narrates the "types of violence that, through social networks, is exercised against women. It's a real kind of violence that scares you, "he added, lamenting what feminist websites have been forced to close after threats of assault or rape.

Likewise, their demands cross borders with the holding of empowerment workshops for women and musical collaborations with other artists in the region. Among them is the work with the Argentinean Vaioflow, with which he has carried out the theme ' Candles and Balas '. Centered on repression, the song documents two cases that shook public opinion last year in both countries: the tragedy of Guatemala 's Hogar Virgen da Asunción[orphanage], in which 40 youths were burned to death by a fire to protest against aggression physical and sexual suffering, and the death of Santiago Maldonado after the repression of the Mapuche communities in Argentina.

Source: http://www.dw.com/es/rebeca-lane-rap-anarquista-y-feminista-desde-guatemala/a-44071788

Translation> Sol de Abril
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