MARITIMES SOLIDARITY GROUP AND LOCAL SPONSORS & SUPPORTERS BRING INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED GUATEMALAN HIP HOP ARTIST TO ANTIGONISH

By Jackie McVicar, Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking The Silence Network
First published on Latest Issue, October 26th 2017

The Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network is thrilled to bring renowned Guatemalan rapper and poet Rebeca Lane to Immaculata Auditorium on St. FX campus on Monday, October 30 at 7 pm. All ages are welcome – entry by donation. Rebeca will be joined by special guests who will perform poetry and dance.

Rebeca Lane (Rebeca Eunice Vargas) was born in Guatemala City in 1984, living first hand the final stages of the war and its aftermath in her country. From a young age, she spent time as an active participant at organizations seeking truth and justice. It was then when she realized that women were not really involved in leadership roles within these movements, and became interested in feminism. That led her to become involved in working groups of women through art, specifically theatre, poetry and music. As a poet and rapper, her lyrics deal with her womanhood and imposed heterosexuality as well as colonization and militarization of her native land.

Rebeca has released three albums – her most recent in 2016. “Mestizo Soul” looks at identity, rights, and struggles for justice and peace. Rebeca has toured extensively throughout Europe and the Americas during the past five years – don’t miss her first tour in Canada – you will leave feeling inspired and empowered.

BTS is super excited that Oso Suave will also participate at this performance! Oso Suave is a Guatemalan street dancer that was able to spread his roots in Ottawa and learn Popping by taking classes from various pioneers. Most recently, getting the opportunity to take trips to NYC and LA to get formal training, Oso is always aspiring to keep learning and mastering the dance.

Huge thanks to the sponsors helping make Antigonish events possible: Atlantic Council for International Cooperation, Global Affairs Canada, Public Service Alliance of Canada Atlantic Region, Amnesty International Canada, The Maple League of Universities, Women’s and Gender Studies at St. FX, Development Studies at St. FX, Modern Languages at St. FX. The tour is also supported by Kairos: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, Maritime Conference of the United Church of Canada.


Breaking the Silence (BTS) is a voluntary network of people in the Maritimes who began to organize in 1988 to support the efforts of Guatemalans struggling for political, social, and economic justice.

Breaking the Silence currently has six local committees found in Antigonish, Fredericton, Halifax, Prince Edward Island, North Shore and Toronto. These committees are the heart of BTS in Canada, and each committee works to promote the struggle for social justice in Breaking the Silence currently has six local committees found in Antigonish, Fredericton, Halifax, Prince Edward Island, North Shore and Toronto. These committees are the heart of BTS in Canada, and each committee works to promote the struggle for social justice in Guatemala in different ways. In Antigonish, there are BTS committees both in the community and on campus.  Connect via Facebook at @BTSAntigonishGuate

 


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