Hip-Hop Lives on in Venezuela

This short video documents a hip-hop school in the large and overcrowded barrio of La Vega in the hillsides of Caracas, Venezuela. Filmed in the months of July and August in 2010, it features interviews and performances by those involved in the school known as EPATU (Popular School for the Arts and Urban Traditions). The two main performances by the students, which are not translated due to the poetic nature of the lyrics, are summed up below:

In the first performance, 19-year-old Karine sings about the exploitation of women and the violence caused by gender inequality. In the second song, 12-year-old Alejandro performs for his first time in front of hundreds of spectators. The song, which he wrote just weeks after joining the school, is called “The Empire” and discusses the systemic poverty caused by Imperialism. His chorus is a call for others to keep their heads raised and struggle against the inequalities.

It was filmed on an HD flip camera (with the help of the youth) and edited by Lainie Cassel.

Full article on the Hip-Hop Movement is available here: upsidedownworld.org/​main/​venezuela-archives-35/​2953-hip-hop-lives-on-in-venezuela

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