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Colombia - preserving Afro-Colombian Culture through song

Scenes from a rehearsal session with Colombia’s Cantadora Network, a network of singers using traditional Afro-Colombian music to preserve their culture and promote peace. Supported by a UN Women programme, the Cantadoras have engaged young people in the port city of Tumaco, Colombia where decades of armed conflict have torn apart communities, and peace is still a long journey.


Tumaco is a major producer of coca leaves, and a hub for drug trafficking. Decades of armed conflict and violence triggered by the drug trade has torn apart families and communities. As part of UN Women’s “Women Peacebuilders Programme”, funded by the Government of Norway, UN Women supports the CANAPAVI Foundation that’s strengthening the capacities of women cantadoras to highlight and preserve their role as peacebuilders through traditional Afro-Colombian music.


Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown


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Taken on April 5, 2018