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Friday, February 19, 2016

Faces Of Afro-South Americans (video & commens)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases a 2012 YouTube video entitled "Faces Of Afro-South Americans". Selected comments from that video's discussion thread are included in this post.

The content of this post is presented for sociocultural and folkloric purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to all those who work to keep Afro-South American heritage alive & flourishing. Thanks to all those who are quoted in this post and thanks to AfroPrideTV, the publisher of this video on YouTube.

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SHOWCASE VIDEO: Faces of Afro-South Americans



AfroPrideTV, Published on Mar 30, 2012

The African Dispora: South America
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Here are selected comments from this video's discussion thread.
I've assigned numbers to these comments for referencing purposes only. These comments are given in relative chronological order with the oldest dated comment given first. However, these comments may not be in consecutive order. I've assigned numbers for referencing purposes only.

2012
1. EhnaRivekan
"Great video. It accurately portrays the diversity of South America."

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2. faqu529
"Great video and a beautiful song from Susana Baca."

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3. 15clon
"I'm a very proud Afro peruvian, and all or most of the songs they used for this video were Afro Peruvian!
Viva el Perú!"

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4. slytheron
"I'm an African and I extend my arms out, always ready to embrace all my brothers in the diaspora. Karibuni Nyumbani."

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5. nam b
"Most of South Americans, don't want to recognize their black ancestries, because of what European show them about Africa. European are still mad that we get out independence and still see Africa like there backyard. In fact Africa along with Asia have the highest growth in the world. it's a beautiful place, so is South America!!!! We are both continent of the South, let trade and boost our cooperation, culturally and economically for a better future. One love!! (No a European diss either)"

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6. AfroPrideTV
[In response to question "Why wasn't Panama featured in this video?]
"+chsn09 I know Panama is culturally and historically South American however I already have Panama in the Afro-Central Americans video. I could have easily added in Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Trinidad, Tobago and other islands located in South Caribbean America and South America however I wanted to focus on 12 countries and also French Guiana (France)."

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7. tanarvis tennant
"When I mention Afro Bolivians to other people they laugh at me. Some people can't stand the fact we that we exist."

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2013

8. Alan King
"+AfroPrideTV Great video! can you list the names of the songs and the artists? Please.. Love the music!"

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9. AfroPrideTV
"+Alan King I only rember the first song "Maria Lando" sung by Afro-Peruvian singer Susana Baca."

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10. vatonj609
"+Alan King Lorenzo... these songs are from a CD called "The Soul of Black Peru" all the songs played are from that album...."

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11. AClarionCallMinistry
"Thank you for posting this video, this was a beautiful trip around South America to visit my brothers and sisters and cousins. One thing I see we all have in common, we all love to dance and we gravitate toward music and poetry. I can already see what will happen on our day of Jubilee."

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12. AfroPrideTV
"+barbara vire I was born in America and Brazil has more blacks than America believe it or not. Many black Americans are too dumb to realize there are black folks in other countries outside of Africa. They know that there's living in Jamaica, Haiti, Canada the Bahamas and maybe the Virgin Islands. Black Americans see a foreign black person speaking, French, Spanish, German, Russian, Portuguese etc some how it's a shock to them, SMH."
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"SMH" = shake my head in exasperation, disdain, amazement etc.

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13. 1ohcomeon1
"Alot of ppl in North America do not know because of the media. It's not their fault. And when they do find out that there are black ppl everywhere else, they so more researches on it. Everyone knows that N America is a crazy place and yes they want to see us dumb but we do rise above it. I'm glad to have a mother that taught me well."

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14. YoungSimba
"+AfroPrideTV It's sad and very true. Only few are aware (from those that I have spoken to). It is not general knowledge. Imagine if people of African descent in North America knew this....it would change the world."

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15. sophisticado100
"+AfroPrideTV Some of the reason why many blacks don't know about afro latinos is due to latin media only showing the lightest brightest and the whitest. Latin America is years behind the U.S. in dealing with race. The heavy mixture allows for the powers to be to insist that racial problems don't exist and everyone is the same but funny how that's never reflected in television nor economics."

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16. Rae Neumann
"Its not like these countries promote their Black citizens...that's why many people are surprised. Some countries will say we don't have blacks .we are all the same, my question if this true, why do you treat the Blacks less than the rest"

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17. PRECIUZ739
"Black people are all over the world and not all American black people find it hard to believe this. A lot of latin people other than black do not want to admit that blacks come from their countries. And being Peruvian,Chilean and any other latin based nationality is just that A NATIONALITY it is NOT a RACE it is just where you were born. If you're BLACK YOU'RE BLACK NO MATTER WHERE YOU WHERE BORN that's your RACE."

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18. Charles Dixon
"+PRECIUZ739 Bless you sister for speaking this truth. Maybe it is time to start a global campaign where black people from different cultures correspond regularly so that they will know first hand that people like them exist in other places and how they are living, all around the world. Is it not time the parents of the planet step forward and save us all."

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19. Jermie “Chand” Sheonarain
"Guyanese over here. the only country in South America that speaks English. and we consider ourselves West Indian not Latino. much love to Guyana and all the other South American countries. real talk"

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20. HispagnolaKInG509 [2014]
"+Jermie Sheonarain im haitian and i do speak french at home but i dont consider my self latino or west indian .... But antillais !! Thats the name we use for french contries and i do consider brithish guyanese as my ppl !! All the "caribbean " are unified,,and we are brothers man ,,btw the girl of french and brithish guayana are super hot man haha je niaise ,mais honnêtement la elles sont super belle !!"

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21. HispagnolaKInG509 [2014]
"+Jermie Sheonarain yeahhh bro !!"

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22. Ewucanbeer [2014]
"Belize also speaks English."

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23. Jermie “Chand” Sheonarain [2014]
"+Ewucanbeer The Belizeans are Central American not South American"

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24. Ewucanbeer [2014]
"+Jermie Sheonarain you are very correct, but central Amerrica is not a continent."

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25. Jermie “Chand” Sheonarain [2014]
"+Ewucanbeer i know that Central America is not a continent but neither is the Caribbean but that still doesnt change things. Central America and the West Indies are there own location. its not just only North and South America. its not a black and white issue so to speak"

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26. AClarionCallMinistry
"Let's have a family reunion."

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27. anto walk
"gracias (thank you) for this video as a jamaican cuban i feel so so uplifted to see all these people from all over south america. This is an issue that means so much to me."

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28. ZIGGY RAS TAFARI
"this is beautiful!!! i didnt know alot of this!!! im from north america!!! i lov my africans from everywhere!!! very great vid!! i willl share this!"

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29. palmares77
"I am an American of African descent and it is both exhilirating and sad to see how wide ranging we are geographically due to the African Slave Trade. Exhilirating because WE ARE SO BEAUTIFUL AND DIVERSE. Sad because WE DON'T KNOW ABOUT EACH OTHER."

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30. ikranesha15
"lovely video, people find it hard to believe im south american because im black........Proud guyanese!!!"

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31. Adamloveslife
"Great songs and love the pictures! I like how you were able to choreographed this piece. I like the historical connection. It seems like you put a lot of thought into this. Unfortunately, there is a lot of ignorance in the world everywhere. I appreciate the post and thank you for the great music!!"

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32. jcmarti845
"well latin music has its roots in africa, and yes there are milllion and million decents of african inlatin america and they dont feel African"

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33. Nelissa Hepburn
"Thanks for putting Afro-Guyanese some people forget we are south Americans too.Beautiful video."

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34. AfroPrideTV
"+Nelissa Hepburn You're welcome. There are people who don't consider Guyana part of South America, LOL."

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35. Ray Bedoya
"proud to be afro-ecuadorian! we just call it ecuadorian tho. shout out to all my south american people's. Amor Latino!"

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36. mjrcanis
"The Faces of Afro-South Americans was compiled well. It was VERY FRESHING to see the positivity of the black people in South America. I just LOVEEEEEE the music in this acknowledgement of the million of Africans brought to the Americas; which became a intricate part of the societies there and around the rest of the world.

Can anyone give me the list of songs and the artists in this video, and I would love to get a list of other similar artists as well.

Thanks and God Bless!!!"

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37. coquiangel
"Thank you for this video.
Do you plan on doing more videos?"

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38. AfroPrideTV [2014]
"Yes. I just uploaded a Afro-Paraguayan video. Check it out Black Beauty of Paraguay - The forgotten people"

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39. Cosmic Negus Othniel
"14:12 No matter where we are in the world or the hardship we are always singing and dancing and playing that drum. We will rise up to the heavens."

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40. Anastasia Beaverhausen [2015]
"so true!!!! We sing and dance through our pain..."

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2014

41. mikal fernando
"Bon dia people. Proud Afro Brazilian. The largest african population in the world! Nice video irmao"

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42. jim d [2015]
"No it's Nigeria after Nigeria it's Brazil"

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43. jurugirl
"Great video i'm also an Afro South American from Suriname here we speak dutch not a Latin language. I'm happy to see my country Suriname in yr video. Most people know the Latin South Americans. But they mostly forgets the French, English and Dutch speaken ones. Africa still live here. We also have Maroons, their ancestors were the people who flee from the Slavery and form militairy groups against the Dutch reign. 1760 the Dutch sign a peace treaty with them.So we still speak some African language."

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44. Jerry Booker
"I love it,melanated people,stand up!!!"

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45. ToFester
"Much love to all of my African people who can be found all over the world."

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46. sammie smith
"Lovely photos my brothers and sisters in South America."

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2015

47. Kai T
"I am Afro South America and I enjoyed this a lot!"

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48. LADYAQUARIAN42
"I enjoyed this.....it's nice to see that many African descendants are holding on to their culture and some lanuages...here we have lost so much through slavery, that the vast majority of our history has been erased........(from the USA....Thanks!"

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49. thenightspot
"proud to be afro latino my ppl regardless of borders are beautiful"

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50. Anita McKenzie
"Happy to see the beauty of African South Americans acknowledged as part of the global African diaspora family :-)"

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51. Deja Keith
"What is this song called?"

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52. Vogel Rocker [2016]
"+Deja Keith Lando music or afro-peruano music , :D"

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2016

53. Jay Young
"This was an experience well worth watching. Thank you. I was glad to see the Afro Argentinians represented in this video. There seems to be some difficulty I've noticed from some acquaintances of mine who are Argentinians of European descent in acknowledging their Afro Argentinia counterparts. In fact, many would almost have you believe there was no such thing as the Afro Argentinian."

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54. Maria Tamayo
"A lot of these music that I recognize is Afro Peruvian excellent video but you forgot to mention Eva Ayllon she is a great singer!"

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55. Cris Maracana
"I must have seen this video a thousand times and I never get enough of this. Although I was born here in the USA my family background is afro brazilian, colombian, cuban and Martiniquais from Martinique. All the music and the images reminds me of my visits to relatives in those countries....Valeu y muchas gracias for posting this AfroPride TV"

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