lyrics of hip-hop artist Jennifer Aguilera
Silva (Mapuche) urge indigenous people to take pride
in their heritage and to fight for autonomy. Performing as JAAS,
Aguilera raps in Spanish and Mapudungun. She produces music with
La Calle Records, an independent label in Santiago, Chile. Newen/Life
Force is her debut music video. She was raised in and lives
in San Joaquin, a municipality in the metropolitan area of Santiago,
Screened by NMAI
- "Native Tongues Hip-Hop's Global Indigenous Movement.
A Roundtable Curated by Cristina Verán, with Darryl "DLT"
Thompson, Litefoot, Grant Leigh Saunders, Mohammed Yunus Rafiq,
and JAAS." Chapter 28 in Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics
of Hip Hop. Edited by Jeff Chang. New York: BasicCivitas,
Image credit: Jennifer
Aguilera Silva - courtesy of Base Producciones; Newen/Life-Force
- courtesy of Base Producciones