Nakury – VIA

During the last few years a new wave of female rappers has emerged in Central America, using hip-hop as a force for social change. One of them is Nakury; born Natasha Campos, she first came into contact with hip-hop culture at the age of 13 through graffiti, alongside names like Mush, Sneak and PSK. As an activist, MC and social commentator, Nakury writes rhymes on social, philosophical themes to spread her message of inclusivity. Drawing from her experiences growing up in an environment of domestic violence, her desire to write about resilience and change distinguishes her from many of her peers. Her 2017 album ‘VIA’ is a 16-track project which she described “as the road, as the present, the now”, and features collaborations with artists such as Rebecca Lane, Barzo, Kumary Sawyers, YOGI beatbox, Nacho Páez, and Guadalupe Urbina. Nakury explains that she sees ‘VIA’ as an “introspective adventure that shows life as a way that gives you knowledge and spiritual power to face individual or collective situations”. Over a refreshing mixture of boombap, breakbeat and trap, she delivers lyrics that encourage a return to the roots and love of nature; Nakury speaks of protest and female empowerment, and sees hip-hop as a tool to approach women’s communities rather than an ends in itself, so that the voices of resistance can find an amplifier in her music.

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Rebeca Lane – Obsidiana

In the midst of territorial conflicts, making protest music in Central America can be a dangerous game, but Guatemalan sociologist, poet, actress, rapper and activist Rebeca Lane has stood strong against oppression as a passionate supporter of women’s rights and the preservation of Latin American heritage and natural resources. In the Mayan worldview, Obsidian – the precious stone that gives its name to her most recent album – represents the protective energy that helps to cut the negative and unveil mysteries. It is a stone used for healing, but also for war. This new album blends powerful rhythms and traditional instruments with powerful lyrics and the essence of boom-bap.

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