Consider this: you arrive in a new city, a different country, a different part of the world. You attempt to understand it in a few days, write about it, condense it. You want to build a bridge and cross it at the same time, though culture and history can keep you apart. You want to enjoy the heath, the tropics. But you also want to be lucid about the plight of its people.
Picós are at the heart of an ongoing debate in Colombia. Critics allege that champeta is misogynistic and promotes promiscuity, especially among the young and impressionable.
The City of Women, on the outskirts of Turbaco, Colombia, is designed by women for women, an answer to the decades of civil war that have left women vulnerable to violence, sexual assault, and forced displacement.
Gabo's literature is populated by ghosts that he did not invent but that haunted the city in which he was born and accompanied him through his ancestral memories and the mysticism proper to the cultural identity of the Colombian Caribbean.
The picó is the musical symbol of Colombia´s Caribbean coast. A powerful sound system consisting of a console, amplifiers and a vinyl collection, it is where entire barrio congregates to dance to champeta.