She’s also in a sense the product of the bloody civil war and its aftermath that raged in Guatemala for 36 years and was triggered by the assassination of the democratically elected Jacobo Arbenz in 1954 followed by several subsequent military dictatorships, lackeys of the U.S. and the criminal United Fruit Company. 200’000 people lost their lives, the majority indigenous farmers with Mayan forbearers who were stripped of all their rights as workers and as human beings. Reminding her people of that dark period, Rebeca first became revered for her hip-hop piece «Cumbia de la Memoria». It’s a gripping testimony to her aunt who was kidnapped and never returned home.
Sadly, even after peace was declared in 1996, violence and intimidation continue in the civil and political life of this gorgeous country. Hard to stomach but two women are murdered every day. Fueling Rebeca’s cause and her fight for change in which she got passionately involved through a research project is the almost total absence of women in governmental positions in this misanthropic society. She founded the hip-hop collective «Somos Guerreras» and now deploys her art to reach and empower young women in poor urban and rural areas. Her mediums in addition to music include theater and the spoken word. But her biggest tool of communication and resonance is her artistic self.
Rebeca Lane’s a beautiful exotic woman and a mesmerizing presence. Now for all of you fat cats on this side of the great divide, you don’t have to be a follower of any leftist women’s movement. Just listen and move and be moved by this passionate woman, her beautiful spirit and her fight for a better life. Not just for her people but for women everywhere.