Group 6: Hip Hop Feminista Encuentro Live Blog 1

Photo of Elyana Heigham of Taki Amaru’s opening performance of “Rap Kichwa” at the Hip Hop Feminista Encuentro held at the UW Intellectual House, Seattle, Washington. The event occurred on June 3rd 2019.

The event opened with an acknowledgement of the land and introductions of our facilitators Lanessa and Makayla. Gabriela Sinchy Gomez then presented the song “Sombero Blanco” and discussed its theme of taking a sexist song and changing the lyrics to make them empowering to womxn. Gaby mentioned that the feminism she created was for everyone – it was intersectinal. Then, Black Mama, Caye Cayejera and Taki Amaru performed opening songs. Pictured is Taki performing her song “Rap Kichwa”.  During Black Mama and Caye’s performance, Black Mama noted issues with the acoustics in the intellectual house pointing out “if we were huge rockstars this wouldn’t be an issue”. This drew attention to the barriers that the music industry puts up to smaller artists. Not to say that the problem is that the event organizers picked the Intellectual House but rather that less effort was put by the university into the upkeep of the Intellectual House’s technology. Black Mama also noted that the adversity was nothing new for Latinx women. “We always make due” she said.

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