“Eso es lo que quiero, en cada tema una propuesta / prefiero los matices y el color de la protesta.”

Sara Hebe
castellano (Trelew y Buenos Aires, Argentina)
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Rap – a way to dance with words.

 

guest author La bruja21 met Sara Hebe in Buenos Aires, Argentina this fall (local time). Read the protocol:

 

>>> The first time I saw Sara Hebe was at a club concert in Buenos Aires and I loved what I heard: a strong voice and a powerful stage performance underlined by visuals, and supported by rapper La Negrah Liyah and bass guitarist and producer Ramiro Jota. I enjoyed a night dancing on various rhythms and beats. Dancing to Sara Hebe is an invitation to bounce, to jump, to raise the fists, to cumbia-shake hips and butts, to rock and to groove. You hear a lambada sample, you hear that catchy reggae tune, some melodic songs, many bouncing rap rhythms and last but not least you hear furious rhymes tearing along drum beats, keyboard and bass guitars. The next day I bought her two albums and with that I got my catchy, fierce and rocking Buenos Aires soundtrack for the coming months.

 

Some weeks later I met Sara Hebe for the interview at the autonomous left wing Buenos Aires community radio FM La Tribu. She is connected to that project since she weekly freestyled the news live on air in 2009. Sara Hebe found her first audiences at solidarity concerts against evictions, through mobilizations against social repression and police brutality, in campaigns for workers´ rights and movements for the resistance of the exploitation of natural resources for capitalist profit. Obviously, one thing she enjoys the most about making music is “to give opinions”. But when I address her as a political activist she rejects that label because of the risk to make a business out of radical political aesthetics. In order to not fall into that trap, as a person who besides her political commitment aims at being a successful artist, she sticks to the identity of a poet that accompanies the struggles by mobilization.

 

Sara was in her twenties when she abandoned law studies for theatre and dance and from there moved on to hip hop. She was seeking a way to express herself and she found it in rap, as “a way to dance with words”. What she brings with her is rage, rock, theatre, dancing and murga culture. And she creates profoundly poetical lyrics. The lines break before they turn into slogans. It’s all metaphors and hints to deeper thoughts, much stream of consciousness and associations, a variety of relations between narrator and author. You rarely hear references to hip hop history or other hip hop artist. The songs offer observations and examinations of the society and of personal experiences, “about the effects of capitalism that cause suffering, about the human immorality”. It’s about giving opinions and accusations and some pieces evoke the impression of sharing personal stories, for example when expressing how personal experiences form desire and identity and lead to gendered solidarity: “to the man who might like me, because of a man I am not gonna touch any man anymore, to all the women who like me, give me your hands”.

 

Asking Sara Hebe what she thinks about the growing hip hop trend in Argentina, she first points to Venezuela, Chile and Colombia, were the hip hop culture is a means of social transformation and popular education. She names El Tortu y Asterisco as artists who moves that tradition forward in Argentina. Chatting about social change, Sara Hebe states the need and obligation to be a feminist in these days. She is as happy to see many women at mics nowadays in Argentina, as she is happy to see women as presidents. This is not about hip hop, it’s about the society. One threat to emancipation: the many men who don’t understand that successful women aren’t exceptional but normal. Sara describes her own style of expression as crazy. She says that the messages aren’t pronounced as clear as in the rhymes of other feminist rappers. But differing styles can without any doubt share an attitude of consciousness and solidarity. Sara Hebe concludes that the society needs more women that perceive feminism as “radical social transformation in order to confront the tremendous everyday violence“.

 

The media’s attention increases in 2012 with the release of her second album Puentera. Argentinian newspaper Página 12 points to her strong social critique and calls her “the most notable Argentine rapper of the millennium and one of the most fundamental young artists of our times”. This quote is until now constantly recycled by other journalist. In 2013 an article in the same newspaper introduces her as the “rapper who mobilizes the biggest audiences” and points out to “girls with girls in the first row of the shows”. And another interview in 2015, that could have resulted as a crawling homestory is, by the interviewed Sara Hebe and Flor Linyera, turned into a talk about politics: “The couple doesn’t want to talk about love, they prefer to accuse capitalism“.

 

Sara’s discography starts in 2009 with her first album La Hija del Loco. The title refers to her nickname in her Patagonian hometown Trelew. She describes it as the purest rap-centred album she has made until now. It was produced in a soundsystem type of collaboration with friends who contributed the beats and recorded instrumental parts. The second album, Puentera released in 2012, gives more space to the fusion of styles and genres. Its production consolidated the trio that Sara Hebe forms together with Ramiro Jota y La Negrah Liyah. As the first two, the brand new third album Colectivo Vacío (2015) is produced independently, without the frame of a label and at their own cost and risk. It is promoted as an “unconventional rap album” including electronic punk, cumbia-rap and Brazilian drums.

 

La Hija del Loco (2009):

1. Entrada

2. Histórika

3. Cuestión de Cuna

4. El que mejor ría

5. Eco Sistema

6. En voz baja

7. Jeni

8. La falta

9. Tuve que quemar

10. La nueva ley

11. No corresponde

12. Desesperada

13. Son palabras

14. Salida

 

 

Puentera (2012):

1. Esa Mierda

2. Un Cambio

3. Lujo Popular

4. El Plan con Sergio Sandoval

5. Otra Vez (cruzar)

6. Vuelvo a Boedo

7. Interlúdico

8. Normal

9. Triple Nac con Asia y Lola Dolores

10. Los Rastas de mi Barrio

11. Sufre Nena con Arena La Rosa

12. Moron

13. Autro No hay Mas

14. Asado de Fa (bonus track)

 

 

Colectivo Vacío (2015):

1.  El Juego de La Luna

2. No Puedo

3. Pucha

4. Cacho

5. Kevin

6. Patria de Patrullas

7. El Pedido

8. Los Golpes

9. Interluci2

10. La vida No con Dr. Wald

11. Ho!

12. Nunca digas nunca

13. Sigo Girando con Negrah Liyah

14. La Cura con Tortu aka Don Miguel

15. Por Favor

16. Vagaboom

 

 

Patria de Patrullas (2015):

 

 

(features Venenoso Flow) VDP (2015):

youtube.com/watch?v=W257kVDLJaA

 

Ho! (2015):

youtube.com/watch?v=m9vXZjjKcX8

 

Sara features young rappers from poor urban neighbourhoods rise up against the police brutality and ‘happy trigger murders’ (gatillo fácil) of teenagers in their barrios:

(features Marcos & Brian) Gatillo (2014):

youtube.com/watch?v=_LINFs47mZQ#t=60

 

Normal (2014):

youtube.com/watch?v=BILPo5Mrr14

 

Nunca digas nunca (2014):

youtube.com/watch?v=H7pl0Rqkorw

 

Esa mierda (2013):

youtube.com/watch?v=6uaXtiRoHpg

 

Intro Tierra (2013):

 

 

(features Asia y Lola) Triple Nac (2013):

youtube.com/watch?v=Mbww9uRYI9k

 

Asado de Fa (2012):

youtube.com/watch?v=ebyeOKkEEf4

 

Otra Vez (2012):

youtube.com/watch?v=-ojjDjkNlzw

 

Jeni (2009):

youtube.com/watch?v=9y3qD28kEaY

 

Desesperada (2009):

youtube.com/watch?v=BNWUk5JapkU

 

 

 

freestyles, live & else:

 

Sara Hebe rapping the weekly news at FM La Tribu, a community radio in Buenos Aires:

marencoche.wordpress.com/category/columnas/sara-hebe

 

Live at Radio Güemes in solidarity with the strike of LEAR workers (2014):

youtube.com/watch?v=1z8BdmkPyNI

 

Lujo popular (2014):

youtube.com/watch?v=zWfIh0pul64

 

Esa mierda (2013):

youtube.com/watch?v=PSdNEJjUBCM

 

Asado de Fa (2012):

youtube.com/watch?v=UAoXdiMYi7E

 

El que mejor ría (2010):

youtube.com/watch?v=8ZDBCV_jKKE

 

 

Argentinian newspaper Página 12 about Sara’s first album release in 2010:

pagina12.com.ar/diario/suplementos/las12/13-5549-2010-03-01.html

 

Página 12 about her second album release in 2012 calling her “a fundamental artist of our times”:

pagina12.com.ar/diario/suplementos/no/12-6050-2012-08-16.html

 

A Página 12 portrait focussing on the contents of Saras rhymes (2013):

pagina12.com.ar/diario/suplementos/soy/1-3088-2013-09-08.htm

 

“100% attitude”… Argentinian NaN Magazine portrays Sara Hebe, Karen Pastrana y Miss Bolivia as political and conscious musicians who mash up rap and folclore (2013):

http://issuu.com/revistanan2011/docs/nan_12_todo_alta#

 

“My words aren’t very positive”… Interview in lapulseada.com.ar online magazine 2013:

lapulseada.com.ar/site/?p=7230

 

Article in Chilean online magazine panico.cl promoting a mini tour through Chile 2014:

paniko.cl/2014/03/sara-hebe-argentina-guerrilla-rap 



 

Argentinian online magazine Com.Pose about Saras Cumbia Rap in 2014: “For me it was not that hard because I benefit from other women’s struggles in hip hop”:

composerevista.com/2014/04/la-cumbia-rap-de-sara-hebe/ 



 

Interview with Sara y Flor Linyera de Kumbia Queers in Página 12 newspaper (2015) in which they prefer to talk about politics than about love:

pagina12.com.ar/diario/suplementos/soy/1-3809-2015-01-28.html

 

“With fire in every word”, Interview in Argentinia online magazine nosdigital.com.ar en 2015:

nosdigital.com.ar/2015/03/sara-hebe/ 



 

Radio: 
Interview in “Rimas Rebeldes”, a radio programme featuring Latin American conscious rap, about her participation in the 5th International Hip Hop Summit in Caracas, Venezuela. (Radio Gráfica, Buenos Aires) (2010): rimasrebeldes.com.ar/2011/03/programa-del-30-10-10-con-sara-hebe.html