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Frekuensia Kolombiana
58 minutes
English subtitles

Frekuensia Kolombiana

FREKUENSIA KOLOMBIANA profiles the grassroots Hip-Hop scene in Colombia, exploring the popularity of all the elements--MCing, breakdancing, graffiti, and DJing--and their relation to the political and class realities of Colombia. Told through interviews of Hip-Hop artists, as well as regular residents of communities in Medellin, Bogota, Cali, and Barranquilla, we see the ways in which Hip-Hop's musical form is shaped specifically by Vallenato--Colombian folk music, as well as the political corruption, poverty, and the suppressed voices of the Colombian masses.

In Colombia, Hip-Hop culture is truly underground with no established industry, no radio stations willing to play Colombian Hip-Hop, and the police actively targeting the outspoken artists. However, out of this exclusion comes the youth programs teaching young people the aesthetic skills of graffiti, breakdancing, and DJing and the crews of Colombian youth practicing rapping in cyphers and on their own recordings.

By exploring groups such as Por Razones de Estado, Camajan Club, Zona Marginal and others, we are able to view the social realities of life in the ghettos of Columbia and that impact on their cultural production. For this generation of young Colombians Hip-Hop is not only about creative expression or resistance, but a spiritual experience that gives them place and meaning in the world. FREKUENSIA KOLOMBIANA explores these different meanings and conveys the true power of Hip-Hop culture to the dispossessed.
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