A Conflict? Genocide and Resistance in Guatemala: Rebeca Lane

Meet artivist Rebeca Lane

Come to a free concert featuring one of the boldest voices of Latin American hip-hop, during an evening of lively music and conversation.

At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, Guatemalan rapper Rebeca Lane will perform at the Bovard Auditorium for a Visions and Voices signature event co-sponsored by the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research and El Centro Chicano.

Lane was born in 1984, just after Guatemala’s long civil war had reached a genocidal boiling point.

Born into a family of activists who lost loved ones at the hands of the state, Lane is now a feminist activist, poet and rapper with a rising international profile.

Lane’s performance coincides with the Center’s Sept. 11-14 international conference on the Guatemala genocide.

Set to reggae, dancehall, cumbia, hip-hop and R&B rhythms, Lane’s music is mellow and infectious, but also defiant and socially conscious. Her lyrics address head-on the lasting injustices that stem from the military’s slaughter of its own people in the early 1980s. Lane’s activist-minded art also takes on a host of other inequities, from the colonization and militarization of her native land to discrimination based on sexual orientation to femicide in Latin America.

Lane is the founder of Somos Guerreras, an organization for women towards a less sexist hip-hop culture. She also teaches workshops and organizes meetings and festivals for women.

Though the concert is free and open to the public, registration is required.

Media coverage of Rebeca Lane:

The Guardian

Huffington Post

BBC

Vice

Al Jazeera Plus