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Who is Residente
Residente (born René Pérez Joglar; February 23, 1978) is a Puerto Rican rapper, writer, producer and co-founder of
the alternative rap group Calle 13. He has won 25 Grammy awards, the most Grammys ever awarded to a Latin artist.
He studied fine art for 8 years, before launching an independent career as a lyricist, performer and director of
many his own music videos. His lyrics have been lauded by critics and studied by academics at universities around
He is most recognised for his commitment to social justice, championing educational and native rights across Latin
America. In November 2015, Residente received the Nobel Peace Summit Award for his commitment to social awareness
and promoting peace. He has also served as the spokesperson for several UNICEF and Amnesty International campaigns.
Despite his success, Residente has never shied away from speaking his mind. In 2009, his work was notably censored
for 3 years after he called the governor of Puerto Rico a “SOB" for laying off more than 30,000 public employees.
What is Residente
These are not rules, we don’t believe in them. These are the beliefs that we aspire to.
We believe that art should constantly reinvent itself. When art becomes popular it must be abandoned, before
it becomes an obstacle for the creation of new art.
We believe that concepts are the souls of artistic ideas. It is vital for the concept behind each work to be
defined before any creative endeavour begins.
We believe that artists should document their creative process. Artistic growth can only come from
self-reflection and analysis of one's artistic record.
We believe that artists are a reflection of their environment. Art does not exist in
a vacuum, it must express itself in relation to the social circumstances that surround it.
We believe that artists should take risks and defend them through honesty. No criticism can threaten or deter
an honest, radical, artistic stance.
We believe that social art goes hand in hand with social militancy. Artists have the responsibility to speak
out through their work, artists have to power to effect social change.
We believe in conceptual art that is accessible. Art must be ambitious but not pretentious, it must reach as
large an audience as it possibly can.
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West Africa is the westernmost subregion of Africa, spanning across 18 countries,
including Ghana, Niger and Burkina-Faso. It is widely considered the cradle of civilization, since all
human ancestry can be traced back to it.
Africa is a continent of huge paradoxes and Niger is an excellent example.
Despite being one of the largest uranium producers in the world, less than 10% of households have
electricity. In the 2015 elections, votes were counted in many districts by candlelight.
Like in other African countries, its former colonial power, France, still has great economic and
geostrategic interests. In fact, Niger’s top three uranium mines are being exploited by France through
the state nuclear giant, Areva. The Nigerien government itself has, more than once questioned agreements
with Areva, "from which Niger only receives 5% of its national budget."
Poverty, lack of investment in education, poor public health and the interference of ex-colonial powers
have contributed to triggering violence around the area - Niger has not escaped it.
In 2010, in the Islamic Maghreb, Al Qaeda kidnapped seven Areva workers from the Arlit mine and moved
them to neighboring Mali. In 2013, France launched its military intervention in Mali, ostensibly to
"fight terrorism”. As part of this operation, French special forces were sent to protect its uranium
mines in Niger. The conflict forced tens of thousands of people to move from Mali to Nigerian territory.
The most populous West African country we visited was Ghana – home to twenty-five
million citizens. Unbelievably, one-third of the population survives on less than a dollar per day.
Poverty and lack of hygienic conditions make diseases like malaria, dysentery and schistosomiasis common
throughout the territory.
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There is a name that many people in Burkina Faso still remember: Thomas Sankara,
known as the African Che Guevara for his defense of the union of African peoples as a tool to break free
from the interference of the ex-colonial powers.
Sankara became president of the country in 1984 through a military uprising. While he was in power, he
fought against the control that France continued to impose even though Burkina had achieved its formal
independence from Paris in 1960.
He was a defender of women’s rights, something evidenced by his phrase "revolution and women’s
liberation are one." Sankara banned polygamy and female genital mutilation. He fought against the debt
that colonizing countries imposed on Africa and in his famous speech on foreign debt at the Organization
of African Unity summit in Addis Ababa, he proclaimed a unified front against the debt.
Two months after that speech, on October 15, 1987, he was deposed by Blaise Compaoré, who was supported
by France, and killed along with 12 other fellow participants. Campaoré bowed to French interests and
ruled for 27 years until 2014 when, after the resignation of prominent figures of his party and a
popular uprising, he was forced out of office and expelled from the country.