The street cumbia band

The street cumbia band

“Mompós has some great musicians, are you from Mompós?”

“Look at me,” I say, lifting my facemask, “really?”

His companions laugh at the lead musician. It’s in the costeño nature to laugh and tease. 

“Sure, he may have a costeño accent, but he’s not momposino,” said another. 

It’s a break in my day. I heard the street cumbia band doing the rounds in the neighbourhood and so I decided to walk the dog, give

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What Would David Graeber Think?

There’s a lot of Bullsh*t Jobs out there and I’ve had my fair share. 

In the year 1930, John Maynard Keynes predicted that, by century’s end, technology would have advanced sufficiently that countries like Great Britain or the United States would have achieved a 15-hour work week. There’s every reason to believe he was right. In technological terms, we are quite capable of this. And yet it didn’t happen. Instead, technology has been marshaled, if anything, to figure out ways to make us all work more. In order to achieve this, jobs have had to

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Show your Support for the Colombia Calling podcast

And so, we did it. Some of you asked after “merch” and after checking around the web, I found just the place to produce and send out Tshirts, Hoodies and mugs emblazoned with the Colombia Calling logo.

Just in time for Christmas too!

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Who are Colombia’s Gente de Bien?

Who are Colombia’s Gente de Bien

  1. Hardworking, honourable, respectful, faithful, exemplary citizens. 
  2. The right surname, the right school, the right country club, entitled citizens.

Like most people, I watched the events of the 10th of September 2020 unfolding in Bogotá in horror and outrage as spontaneous protests – sparked by the killing of an unarmed father of two, Javier Ordoñez at the hands of the police – across the Colombian capital descended into violence and mayhem. Javier Ordoñez was the victim of police brutality, there is

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