Train 4.000 colombian children in peace building.

Nov 28, 2012

Love, passion of Zaka

"Peace, peace, shouting gangs,
downloading hip hop rhymes in the corners
 and not be heard over the bullets,
bit just pure energy,
cease-fire elements of rap
this is a cry for peace
no more wars
hip hop is sponsoring us
our voices through the speakers sound like carbines.
Caicedo our home
alleys in the nose and corners
pass over bullets bullets
death coming back and forth
join our fine culture
weapons aside
our weapons are the rhymes
join here is the medicine
Red Zone clan operates as mine"
Lyrics of the songs written by Zaka

Victor Ortiz or better known as Zaka, as he prefers, is an MC, cultural promoter and dreamer who for more than five years has been working for the community housed in commune 8 of Medellin.

For Victor's love is passion, respect and understanding. He was born in this city of eternal spring, steep streets, high contrast, which inhabit the love and fear, and that has witnessed our largest reservoir of hope, youth.

Zaka lives in a neighborhood with invisible barriers but prefers not to talk about it and focus on what's good about his community: the cultural effervescence, the passion with which we live, that vital drives to grow and the hope that smells on every corner and look of a child.

He is chairman of the Corporation of Hip Hop Evolution and Art and leader of the Red Crew Territory Strategist 8.9, which brings together ten youth organizations that are part of the Education for Peace project, PAZalobien, of Mi Sangre.

The network is a joint, from art, two areas separated by invisible barriers. Zaka and the other leaders, artists and managers of life, do the impossible to surpass, especially for the little ones that are not afraid to cross a street and go play with their friends.

He is convinced that art can change the world and with hip hop will alienate many young people from violence and drug addiction. "Hip-hop to me is peace, a tool for inner transformation to humans, is freedom of expression and binding"

Victor was born into a loving family. Although in 1999 his father was murdered, by this senseless violence in Colombia that has taken our loved ones, he still lives in his heart "is my angel, I ask him to help me get ahead, to accompany me, protect me and harbors me in its wings"

His mother Luz Dary is a housewife and has given him the best to Victor and his brother, who is being trained as a professional footballer, like many other young people of the San Antonio neighborhood.

Since childhood, with his friends dreamed of becoming a singer, her childhood was to play and study, and although he was not the best for it, showed his skills as an actor, singer and player.

The starkness of the conflict forces him to live bad times: many of his childhood friends has gone down, but he also knows the hip-hop, "a scent that spreads full of dancers, aerosols, a culture with few followers whom they considered insane but there I found a way to vent, have fun and follow a dream that felt frustrated. Thanks to the culture of Hip-hop understood that dreams do not fail, which can be realized if you put heart and fight for them."

Zaka teaches children and young people alternatives to violence, such as music or hip-hop, lyrical effect with more weapons, and most importantly, it demonstrates that there is always an option other than war that love is a choice and friendship, hope.

"My only weapon is the rhymes. I will continue with my story until I forget because you die when you forget. I am proud of who I am: a rapper lifelong fight for your dreams, live in a better world."


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Estefanía Piedrahita

Social Communicator
Medellin, Antioquia Colombia

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