This event took place at WOLA on September 11, 2014
The Washington Office on Latin America, Global Rights, and the National Association of Displaced Afro-Colombians (AFRODES) are pleased to host
Jhon Harrinson Palacios Sánchez
Director and Vocalist
Lino Agualimpia Murillo
Rapper and Percussionist
Dilma Luz Mosquera Rodríguez
Jeffrey Scott Guerra
Ángela María Olguín
Jahir Córdoba Escobar
Senior Associate for the Andes, WOLA
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Washington Office on Latin America
1666 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20009
Explosión Negra (Black Explosion) interprets fusions of urban music ranging from hip hop and reggae to dance hall and raggamurphy, mixing it with traditional Afro-Colombian Pacific coast and African cultural rhythms, including the currulao, chirimía, alabao, pastillo, and jota. The group has worked with this type of fusion for five years, seeking to recover their ancestral afrodescendant culture and combine it with modern urban rhythms. Their work offers a way to combat racism, violence, and exclusion in their societies as well, offering alternatives to conflict for young men and women along Colombia’s Pacfic coast.
The group will present their work and explain how it has been influenced by their experience being displaced by the conflict. They will outline how the music has offered a sustainable way to survive in the city and present a sample of their work, as well as how it can continue to engage Colombia’s youth.
Click here to view a music video of Explosión Negra’s Dolor y Sufrimiento.