Magazine article New Internationalist

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Magazine article New Internationalist

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Focus on Colombia

Somos pacifico!

Esme McAvoy meets Choc Quib Town, a rap trio putting Colombia's Pacific on the (music) map. The Chocó is a dense jungle region hugging Colombia's Pacific coast where over 80 per cent of the population is of African descent - a legacy from the days of slavery. Difficult to access, with little infrastructure, it is one of the poorest regions in the country. Yet its people are rightly proud of their African roots with its distinct music and culture. 'The music of the Colombian Pacific - musica Pacifico - has a mystical connection with Africa. It's very spiritual in some ways,' says group member Tostao. Their uplifting song 'Somos Pacifico' (We are Pacific peoples) has become a unifying anthem for Afro-Colombians across the country.

Half truths and lies

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