The White House is complete after a week of construction involving over 50 people.
The verdant El Moro
Nestled around a dormant mound of garbage, the people of Moravia descend from the internal migrant recyclers who settled the neighborhood to make a living from the trash
Rancho de los Recicladores
Shanty homes are still scattered atop the trash pile, el Moro, but many have been demolished by the government and local utility companies
The Mobile Studio
Parked in a vacant lot next to the Moravia Cultural Center, a repurposed public bus is being used to record rappers who live in Moravia- a brick shack shantytown built on Medellin's old landfill.
Crouched by a the speaker, La Mara listened to the recording of her song about a friend's recent murder in a feud over rhymes.
Barking "HARDCORE" over a homemade beat, Nacho and his counterpart rap a thrash style of hip-hop known locally as hardcore.
Memo MC's daughter
A few of the artists have young children, this one ate a popsicle and posed while waiting for her papa to record.
Treehorns under thunder storm
During the recording sessions, the bus weathered a heavy storm and had rocks thrown at its back window. Planes flew overhead and the muddy lot the bus was parked in became an impromptu moto-cross course.
We were scouting locations to produce a short music video about Los Alabaos, the Afro-Colombian funeral singers who lead the deceased into death. We were told about Monte Casino, the abandoned compound of Carlos Castaño Gil, progenitor of Colombia’s extreme right paramilitary movement. In its heyday Monte Casino was Gil’s opulent home and military command center. It also housed a cocaine processing lab and a dungeon where enemies were tortured and executed- and reputedly fed to a lion.