The neighborhood character and hip-hop was formed catapulted the world

"I was born in the Santa Rosa de Lima, in the town of Santa Fe, down the neighborhood Los Laches, above Las Cruces". 'And you why I say it so accurately? -. "It Is anyone there knows that neighborhood."

Hence comes Diana Avella, out of nowhere, the complete anonymity. So way into a hostile world, hip-hop, that speaks of rights and injustices, but gave little space to women, at least in its origins.

In that place of brick and shantytowns on Sunday the plan was to go see the dead turn, after social cleansing, he spent happy childhood of this woman, so it sounds weird. "I always saw the circle of people and the 'man' covered with a sheet. It was part of the landscape. It was what could be done in the nineties ".

His inspiration comes from living with his maternal grandparents while his mother worked as a machinist in a laundry and studying in a tiny school of nuns who worshiped the Virgin of Guadalupe.


Times rebusque

A pleasant life amidst insecurity; full of phrases for the life of the old matron: 'poor but clean'; 'Honesty above all'; 'You can never let someone go home without him something to eat, that is sin. "

Those words resounded painful the day with just nine years said goodbye to his grandmother, after a relentless struggle to get medicines and having to see it as a vegetable. A third type cancer consumed in less than a year. "I always said it was migraine, until the whole family 'made cow' for an examination and was discovered the disease."

That changed his life. At age 10 he knew what it was to make money on their own. "We went to live in Suba Rincón and that the situation was serious. We had to go out and sell things on the street because we did absolutely nothing. "

It was a difficult neighborhood, surrounded by bunkers where swarmed the 'zorreros', but it was on those streets where, from the hand of a cassette ethnicity and drops Rap in 1996, Diana approached as ever this genre that came out of the agony of the days in Las Cruces, a neighborhood of contrasts that inspired a thousand letters. "I remember my uncle scolded us. He said that this was music genres. "

But there was nothing to do. The letters ran through his veins and his evenings were to listen United Clandestino, where a station transmitting outstanding international artists in this genre.

While all this was happening in his life also he attended his studies in public school, always the best, outstanding, woodcock. "My mom always told me: all you have is the study. That no one is going to remove ".

Therefore, in the silence of his room, Diana alternated their hours of reading with writing the lyrics of their songs.


Diana Avella is 29 years old, a son and has given his life to hip-hop. That has allowed him to travel around the world.

At age 14 he dared, for the first time to face a producer and ask him to read his creations, but hearing what he said he felt like a wall being elevated in his face. "Rap is not for women, is for men. If you want to sing, I would play in the chorus. " A total disappointment. That and the economic situation away from their dream for a while. "I had ten thousand jobs: I sold empanadas, worked with a bouncy inflatable my uncle, washed my head in a barber shop, telephone booths administré".


Almost abandoning his dream, he found a light in a Christian church. He met a young man who days before had been singing in a festival. "He invited me to one of their meetings and there I met a Venezuelan producer, Jairo Peñaranda. He loved what he did. "

A son, many trips

And so, with the look of hip-hop to his feet, he began to make their way to fight prejudice and to confront their own colleagues when he felt the slightest discrimination message. "If a 'man' told me it came from a hot area, I would answer: 'If I tell you where I'm coming'. Then I was sorry, but played well. "

Soon they began touring the cities of Bogota; first group and then as a solo artist, a challenge that many gave up for lost. All this was followed by festivals and concerts, but also the beginning of his career in the University District, suspended road when his son was born. "Dad came chimbo, as the vast majority of 'manes'. Infidelity I decided to leave and not last a lifetime in deception. "


And when he thought all was lost, with her child in the womb, he achieved his first concert in Medellin. "With four months pregnant I threw myself to the floor, I turned, I danced. I arrived superanimada to Bogota. It was a success in my life. "


Finally everyone knew who was Diana Avella, but not only the singer, but social activist, which gave the fight to uphold the rights of women, by requiring those who contracted it but also brought his son was no travel, care was non-negotiable. "When they called me to concerts, the first thing he said was: 'What already bought the ticket to my baby?' Sensible people understand that a mother should not leave her family."

For those thoughts, his lyrics are full of political and social dramas which has witnessed.

That also led her to work with the District to learn about the lives of women in public schools, in neighborhoods away from Bogotá.

Their struggle has been so relentless that managed to get a single with five songs which sold 500 copies. "Only ten singers of hip-hop. No one else supported me. I bought the rest sociologists, historians, people of other cultural mainstream. Incredible, they liked the letters because they spoke of war, peace, social injustice. They bought up in Berlin. "

That was not all. Diana has already traveled the world providing her eloquent songs. Africa, Beirut, Lebanon, Germany, Spain, Panama and even Mexico, where for the first time a woman was opening for two of the most important groups in hip-hop in that country; and in all of them, his son was his companion.

How? Saving every penny to get their creations, selling single in social networks, opening a path space dominated by men.

Today not only is content with his success, but leads a project in Idartes in Bogota women began to take seriously their skills for gender: Women's Collective Hip-Hop. In 2007 alone, 200 of them dared to talk about it.

Diana always pauses to launch a voice of protest by mothers who succumb to a head and abandon their children, mistreatment and rape against women, forced displacement, by the reality of a country that difficult to reconcile. "How ironic. Even in family police stations one sees how revictimizan women. Tease your orders, they do not listen, humiliate and ultimately achieve a guy turn them a monthly payment of 50,000 pesos ".

There is another theme in his songs: family breakdown, which for her is the starting point of many problems. "I was poor, but my family has been the mainstay of my life. When will realize that part of life is to recover. This world has to react. "

Lacks done many things in life. For now, he is finishing his Bachelor in Spanish Language and finish 'The memory of resistance', a musical production in which inspired all that in the end made her who is the eternal days that left the hands of his mother lacerated so many clothes washing; tales of her grandmother, a waif on the streets of an immense city; the cries of dozens of young victims of violence and, of course, the victory of a war in which those voices that told him were defeated again and again: that hip-hop is not for you.