Photo: La Modelo Prison
Inmates of Colombia’s La Modelo Prison presented in Bogota three discs - two hip-hop and one of Christian Evangelical music - recorded behind bars as part of a social reintegration program.
At a concert they performed in the chapel of the correction facility before cellmates and their families, the Abarco, Reincidentes and Pasos de Guerrero bands unveiled their CDs, recorded and produced in a sound studio they assembled piece by piece.
With the lyrics of “Basta, Me Siento Muerto en Vida” (Enough, I Feel Dead in Life), Abarco and his club of followers relate the drama of an innocent inmate waving his arm up and down and calling out “May God on high end this torment.”
“Abarco,” leader of the like-named rapper band who says he is a “musician by profession,” told Efe in a statement that the possibility of “bringing street art inside the jail is a total relief among so many dead hours.”
“We represent what is true…we make music with meaning because we are prisoners in body but not in soul,” said Carbonero of the hip-hop trio Reincidentes, who thanked prison officials for supporting the project.
The driving force behind the project at La Modelo, Jairo Sanchez, added in a statement to Efe that “the idea is to take this pioneering project to the country’s other penitentiaries as a good social reintegration program based on music,” because “these guys are what matter most of all.”
Though hip-hop and Christian music have been the pioneering styles due to the urban origin of many inmates and the flourishing of faith in the cellblocks, the INPEC national prison institute will promote the talent of other musical groups at La Modelo.