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‘Mexican Geniuses: The Immersive Experience’ includes 300 Paintings by Frida and Diego, but is it real art?

By Sofia Serbin de Skalon 01 October, 2022

The Frida and Diego Immersive Experience offers an all-inclusive trip through the life and legacy of Mexico’s most renowned painters, even their afterlife.

Essential Chico Cesar Playlist

By Russ Slater 30 September, 2022

With Chico Cesar partway through a European tour (dates in the UK, France, Germany and Spain are still to come) we wanted to shine a light on one of Brazilian music’s little-known gems with a selection of some... Read Article

Under The Influence: Cumbiamuffin

By Russ Slater 30 September, 2022

Cumbiamuffin are no strangers to Australia, where their particular cumbia big band sound is well-known on the live circuit, but now the world is catching up. Their debut album, released simultaneously by ourselves, Peace & Rhythm and Hyperopia... Read Article

TIMPANA Takes Us On A Journey Within; New Album ‘Gwandena’ Out Today

By Russ Slater 30 September, 2022

Ale Lanza started working on her new album, Gwandena, five years ago. It’s the first album she has recorded as the chief component of TIMPANA, a Bolivian project interested in musical traditions and spiritual beliefs from across their... Read Article

Rhythm and Poetry: An Interview with Emicida

By Oleno Netto 29 September, 2022

For Someone Who’s Bitten a Dog for Food, I’ve Got Kind of Far… This is the English translation to the evocative title of Emicida’s first album, Pra Quem Já Mordeu Um Cachorro Por Comida, Até Que Eu Cheguei... Read Article


New Colombian Music Vault #10

By Jenna Mackle 29 September, 2022

The vaults have been opened, but only for a moment, as Jenna Mackle smuggles in her essential selections from the land of sabrosura… Romperayo – Asi No Se Puede Muchaches A new release from one of Bogotá’s favourite... Read Article

Saxophonist Suka Figueiredo Wants More Space for Female Horn Players in Brazilian Jazz and Instrumental Music

By Adailton Moura 28 September, 2022

Despite a jazz upbringing, Suka Figueiredo claims that she doesn’t play jazz. At 32 years old, the saxophonist born in Rio de Janeiro believes that she is yet to reach the high degree of knowledge and technical mastery... Read Article

Colombia / Colombian Music Has The Quality To Consume The World: An Interview With Indus’ Oscar Alford Peru / New Sounds of Peru #23 (Homage to José Javier Castro) Colombia / New Music: Bomba Estéreo & Manu Chau Brazil / On The Margins – Brazilian Music Round-Up (Brisa Flow, Iara Rennó, Anvil FX, Sambas do Absurdo, Fantasma do Cerrado and More) Brazil / PREMIÈRE: DJ Tahira Launches New Label With Candomblé Jazz Release by Alabê KetuJazz Brazil / Luedji Luna Captivates at London’s Jazz Café More Music »


REVIEW Bolivian drama ’The Visitor’ movingly explores a fragile father-daughter relationship

By Maly Polotto 28 September, 2022

Humberto has just been released from prison after four years. We do not know (nor will we ever know) the reasons that led him there. His first move after his release is to visit his daughter Aleida, who... Read Article

REVIEW Cinema Restored: ‘The Last Supper’ at the Barbican

By Lia Gomez-Lang 17 September, 2022

As part of the Barbican’s bi-monthly film strand in restoration of global art cinema, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea‘s Cuban classic ‘The Last Supper’ (La últimar cena) will be shown in a rare screening. The 1976 film has proven to... Read Article

Chile / REVIEW ‘My Imaginary Country’: Patricio Guzmán Latest Film Documents Chile’s New Era REVIEW ‘Official Competition’: New Comedy from Argentine Co-Directors Distinguishes Itself With All-Star Cast Brazil / REVIEW Doc Thriller ‘The Territory’ Is A Dire Warning To Humanity Brazil / REVIEW ‘Dry Ground Burning’: A Dystopian Reflection of Brazil’s Contemporary Society Brazil / REVIEW ‘Transamazonia’: The Courage To Be Yourself In The Heart of the Amazon Rainforest Brazil / Walter Salles Pays Tribute To Brazilian Activist Bruno Pereira at UK Symposium For His Work More Film »

Arts & Books

The Complexity At Remembering Chile’s Dictatorship at the Heart of Nona Fernandez’s ‘Space Invaders’

By Hanno Jewell 18 August, 2022

The epigraph, “I am at the mercy of this dream: I know it’s just a dream, but I can’t escape it” really sets the tone for Nona Fernandez’s 80 page long novella Space Invaders, which is sensitively translated... Read Article

‘The River Called Me Back’: An Interview with Carolina Caycedo, the Colombian Artist Defending the Rights of Nature

By Sofia Serbin de Skalon 05 August, 2022

“You can feel yourself inside the river.” Irene Aritsitizábal tells me, as I look up into an enormous piece of patterned silk curling like a serpent from the high ceiling. The light catches the material, highlighting its earthy... Read Article

Argentina / “Clothes are amazing and they connect you with people.”: In conversation with Clara Pinto, the Argentine designer creating experimental textiles Brazil / Creating Ethical Clothing For All Body Types: A Conversation With Brazilian Fashion Designer Joao Maraschin Alia Trabucco Zerán’s ‘When Women Kill: Four Crimes Retold’ Addresses The Suppression of Female Rage Argentina / Chile / Mexico / 5 Must-Read Books by Latin American Women Ecuador / Mónica Ojeda’s ‘Jawbone’: The Outrageous, Dangerous and Disgusting World of Girls Grappling with Suppression Brazil / Sebastião Salgado’s Amazonia: An Ode To Life More Arts & Books »

Social & Environmental

Landmark Climate Change Lawsuit Moves Forward as German Judges Arrive in Peru

By Aliyah Elfar, GlacierHub 08 September, 2022

A historic climate change lawsuit,Luciano Lliuya v. RWE AG, is ramping up again. Indigenous Peruvian farmer Saúl Luciano Lliuya is suing German energy company RWE AG for the costs of preventing the glacial Lake Palcacocha from flooding his... Read Article

Building Self-Sufficient Communities in Rio’s Favelas

By Rosie Thornton 12 August, 2022

The favela community of Vale Encantado in Rio de Janeiro are using a biosystem for sewage treatment and solar panels to make their neighbourhood economically and environmentally self-sufficient, while facing down a long-term threat of eviction. Nestled in... Read Article

Brazil / Colombia / Guatemala / Mexico / Mining: The Fightback Against Companies Exploiting the Pandemic Venezuela / Venezuela: gold mining fuels malaria epidemic Colombia / Colombia: ‘I Resist, Therefore I Exist’ Exhibition at Bogotá’s Centre for Memory, Peace & Reconciliation Guatemala / Guatemala: water defenders’ 10-year resistance Ecuador / Ecuador: Intag Stands Up To Mining Brazil / Another Brazil is Possible More Environmental Articles » More Society and Politics »

¿Qué Más?

‘Women Resisting Violence’ Podcast Gives Voice to Projects Offering Hope In Fight Against Gender-Based Violence

By Jessica Wax-Edwards 08 March, 2022

Latin America has the highest rates of gender-based violence in the world. And as we have seen globally, the COVID-19 pandemic has only worsened the situation. Six countries in the region (Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, El Salvador and... Read Article

La Linea, London’s Premier Latin Music Festival, Returns After Two Year Absence

By Russ Slater 25 February, 2022

With La Linea returning to the London live music scene it does feel like things may finally be resuming some form of normality. Cancelled in 2020 right after the pandemic struck, La Linea has had to wait for... Read Article

Colombia / ICYMI, globalfestNYC & NPR Music Collab Knocks It Out Of The Park Brazil / Indigenous Groups Accuse Brazil’s Bolsonaro of Genocide, Call on the ICC to Investigate Guyana / Oil Production or Carbon Neutrality? Why Not Both, Guyana Says Guatemala / ‘So Many Have Gone’: Storms and Drought Drive Guatemalans to the US Border Argentina / New Book ‘On the Track of Dirty Gold’ Follows Stories of Environmental Resistance. Honduras / How Climate Change and Gang Violence Intersect in Honduras More News »

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Sounds and Colours began its life in 2010. Back then it was a simple blog looking at underground culture in South America. Since then it has become one of the world's #1 sources for information on the topic, printing specialist books as well as maintaining this website, with collaborators based around the world. Find out more about Sounds and Colours here.

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