Category: Culture

Next on the Endangered Species List: Your Hometown Newspaper

Next on the Endangered Species List: Your Hometown Newspaper

Written by Benjamin Dangl June 22, 2009 While reporting on various political events from Latin America in recent months I followed news from my hometown of Burlington, Vermont through the website of my weekly local paper, Seven Days. I kept track of Burlington politics online from La Paz when Bolivia passed its new constitution, watched…

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Teatro Trono: Youth Street Theater in Bolivia

Teatro Trono: Youth Street Theater in Bolivia

By Benjamin Dangl Wednesday, 06 June 2007 Source:¬†NACLA Teenage actors parade barefoot onstage, jumping and pounding drums. Others walk in with notebooks and briefcases overflowing with papers. Each actor spouts fragmented political speeches. The play depicts revolts and counter-revolts throughout Bolivian history, ending with a dramatic exchange between a mother and the ghost of her…

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Rapping in Aymara: Bolivian Hip Hop as an Instrument of Struggle

Rapping in Aymara: Bolivian Hip Hop as an Instrument of Struggle

By Benjamin Dangl Tuesday, 12 September 2006 At 13,000 feet,¬†the hip hop movement in El Alto, Bolivia is probably the highest in the world. The music blends ancient Andean folk styles and new hip hop beats with lyrics about revolution and social change. As the sun set over the nearby snow capped mountains, I sat…

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