This Colombian Hip-Hop Artist Is Fueling a Green Resistance
He’s getting back to his roots. Luis “AKA” Ramírez draws on his gritty background in Medellín’s Comuna 13, one of the country’s most violent neighborhoods — but turns to gardening as a form of radical resistance, OZY reports. While performing politically charged music with group Hip-Hop Agrario, the 32-year-old also runs a collective that turns sites of tragedy into green spaces to memorialize victims and educate youngsters.
How bad is the violence? Comuna 13’s homicide rate jumped from 34 per 100,000 in 2017 to 65 in 2018, while observers say the killings are discussed less openly today.