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Photo by Tom Pablo, South America Semester.

Hip hop in El Alto

Bolivia is a country rich with artists and musicians. You drive through the streets of cities like La Paz or Cochabamba and you’ll see beautiful pieces of art spray painted on sides of buildings. On any old night in restaurants or even random parking lots you’ll hear groups of musicians jamming with their charangos and sikus.
Here in El Alto we were beyond lucky to meet with internationally renowned Bolivian hip hop artist Nina Uma. Not only did she share her politically charged rap songs with us but also gave our students a fascinating lesson on topics ranging from Bolivian politics to the influence of transnational corporations like McDonalds and Coca Cola.