Documentary: Ukamau Y Ke! — Indigenous Hip-Hop From South America


Watch a doc­u­ment­ary made before his death : WE ARE ALL WAR­RI­ORS 

After 5 years of his sud­den death Abra­ham Bojór­quez, part of the group Ukamau y Ke!, will be the centre of a new Doc­u­ment­ary por­tray­ing his life and the Hip-Hop move­ment in Bolivia.

The Aymaran poet
In each of his songs, Abra­ham proudly referred to his roots, he was the son of migrants peas­ants. “We have to be proud of our iden­tity that is what we are “.  Abra­ham’s life was not easy as his lyr­ics tell:

” Without fath­er without moth­er / this life saw me grow up fath­er­less moth­er­less / he caught the hip hop / I grew in this neigh­bour­hood / this is my stage / where all the war­ri­ors sur­vive daily / where evil seems to be stronger than the real­ity / and you know / as many as you want to escape grab some alco­hol and lose con­trol / pass the effect everything gets worse. ”

Abra­ham also recoun­ted his exper­i­ence as an immig­rant . When he was 11 he emig­rated to Sao Paulo , Brazil. He worked in sew­ing factor­ies and learned hip hop in the Brazili­an favelas.

” I have a job / they keep selling me / the Amer­ic­an dream and the European / Many already want to go from here / oth­ers pass and oth­ers die / by step­ping in Yan­kee land . ”
Upon return­ing to Bolivia , the first thing he did was to share Abra­ham hip hop with his cous­ins ​​and then with friends, he decided to cre­ate Ukamau y ké , say­ing he iden­ti­fies him­self with the name mean­ing ” That’s and what!?”

Upcom­ing Doc­u­ment­ary by Pro­ducto­tra:

TEAS­ER DOC­U­MENT­AL UKAMAUYKE from Pro­ducto­tra on Vimeo.


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Gata Malandra

Gata Malandra

Edit­or / Research­er at No Bounds
Gata is a music and arts lov­er, stud­ied anthro­po­logy, art man­age­ment and media pro­duc­tion ded­ic­at­ing most of her time to cre­at­ive pro­jects pro­duced by No Bounds.
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Gata is a music and arts lover, studied anthropology, art management and media production dedicating most of her time to creative projects produced by No Bounds.

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