08 October 2008

Colombian rappers and protest musicians Don Vito and Medina speak about their personal experiences of music censorship in Cobacabana.

In this interview they focus on what happened to their colleagues in the band Pasajeros. The interviews were recorded in May 2007. 

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The band Pasajeros was formed in 1991 in Medellin which is the second largest town in Colombia. Three members of the band — Leonardo Rúa, Hernán Rúa and Roland Higuita — were imprisoned in June 2004, accused of promoting terrorism. They were released after six months, and soon after went into exile in Europe.

The lyrics of Pasajero’s songs reflect on human rights issues, conflicts and incidents that have occured in the Colombian society. Their music contains influences from the Andean rhythms and elements of jazz, rock and blues.

Pasajeros’ home page (in Spanish language):

MySpace profile of Leonardo Rua, singer in Pasajeros:

The video clip is produced by Barrio Bajo for Freemuse. It contains archive footage of the two local television stations of Medellin, Tele Antioquia and Tele Medellin, and music by Pasajeros and BSC (Bellavista Social Club). It was recorded in May 2007. Interview by Juan Fernando Lopez and assisting post-editing by Freemuse 

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