African Roots in Perú


Today in our show, we will continue with our journey throughout South America. As we intent, this is a podcast about Blackness in the Americas. We will share a little bit of history, music, culture and more. 

Our guess for today is Afro-Peru. Let’s beginning.  

Today in our show, we will talk about Afro-Peruvians who are citizens of Peru.  Peru is a beautiful county located in South America. The official name is Republica del Peru. It shares borders with Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia and Chile.

The first Africans arrived with the conquistadors in 1521, mostly as slaves. Between 1529 and 1537, when Francisco Pizarro was granted permits to import 363 slaves to colonial Peru, a large group of Africans were imported to do labor for public construction, building bridges and road systems. They also fought alongside the conquistadors as soldiers and worked as personal servants. 

Over the course of the slave trade, approximately 95,000 slaves were brought into Peru, with the last group arriving in 1850. 

Often slaves were initially transported to Cuba and Hispaniola, from where traders brought them to Panama and the Viceroyalty of Peru. Planters and others also purchased slaves in Cartagena, Colombia or Veracruz, Mexico, at trade fairs, and they returned to Peru with the new slaves imported by the slave ships. 

As a result of the “New laws” of 1548 and the influence of the denunciation of the abuses against Native Americans by Friar Bartolomé de las Casas, slaves gradually replaced natives at the encomiendas.

Today what’s the reflection of Afro-Peruvians? 

The following data is coming from the World Bank and it says:

Half of Afro-Peruvians have been insulted at least once on the streets whereas four of every 10 have felt discriminated against in their workplace or in shops or other public spaces.

These data is part of the Center for Afro Peruvians Studies and Promotion, a non-profit organization in Peru, which reports that despite some progress, Afro-Peruvians continue to be invisible to the government as well as much of society.

The country’s international image is tied mainly to its Inca heritage, to Machu Picchu and to the indigenous population. It is an image that ignores the diversity and complexity of the human geography of Peru, especially Afro-Peruvians.

If this population is mentioned at all, it is only in reference to music or sports figures. This is something which many Afro-Peruvians believe only reinforces stereotypes.

An afro-Peruvian women told in a Video “Proudly Afro Peruvians” that she doesn’t dance, doesn’t cook and doesn’t play any musical instrument, and people kept saying to her “how could you be black?” You are a fake!” 

Racism and exclusion isn’t new for afro-descendants but Afro-Peruvians are also statistics. They live mainly in urban areas, and according to a survey, 70% of Afro-Peruvians who became ill in the past year did not seek medical attention due to the lack of access and perceived discrimination. Of that group, 27.7 % suffered from chronic health problems,”

The last time a racial variable was included in the census to identify the number of Afro-Peruvians was in 1940. Currently, efforts are being made to include this group in national statistics.

This discrimination is not only a question of racism, but also of real consequences in the lives of many people who are excluded from society and who cannot exercise their most basic rights.

The Ombudsman’s Office reported that – compared with the rest of the population – Afro-Peruvians fall behind in areas such as health, education and employment opportunities. A clear example of this reality occurs in the City of Piura (1,000 kilometers north of Lima), where 26% of Afro-Peruvian children are not enrolled in schools.

Peru is making efforts to remedy this situation. In November of 2013, the Ministry of Culture and the Ombudsman’s Office conducted the first national survey specifically targeting Afro-Peruvian households.

It was hoped that this survey provided detailed information that could serve as a baseline for the 2017 National Census, which included questions to validate ethnic and racial information throughout the country.

Well people there you have it. Afro-Peruvians

For more information follow the links:


LUNDU Organization

World Bank Data

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African Roots in Chile


Today in our show, we will continue talking about Blackness in the Americas. Our guess is Chile. Afro-Chileans have been historically excluded and this episode we honor those solders and their African ancestry. We share a little bit of history, music, culture and more. Listen more in our Podcast.

Relevant link and information:


Kuriche Chile 

Afro Pedea/ AfroChilean 

Afro Chilean Blog Spanish 

Afro Chileans 

Politics Afro-Chileans

Afro Chilenos los invisibles de la Nation

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African Roots in Paraguay

Afro-Paraguayan Kamba Kokue

Today in our program, we continue talking about Blackness in the Americas. Our guess is Paraguay. We share a little bit of history, music, culture and more of Paraguay and Afro-Paraguayan.  Let’s beginning. Listen more in our Podcast.

Paraguay is a beautiful country. It’s located in South America. The official name is Republica del Paraguay.  It shares borders with Argentina, Brazil, and Bolivia.  

Spanish conquistadores colonized Paraguay in 1524. The capital city is Asuncion. People speak Spanish and Guarani. Paraguay overthrew the local Spanish administration in May 14, 1811. Paraguay’s first dictator was José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia who ruled Paraguay from 1814 until his death in 1840, with very little outside contact or influence. 

Now, let’s talk about Afro-Paraguayos. As we have been talking about African descendants in the Americas, we continue thinking under that idea that very few people will name a country like Paraguay as a country with African descendants. This is something that we are trying to uncover. We want to tell you the other side of the story. 


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African Roots in Uruguay


Today in our show, we continue talking about Blackness in the Americas. Our guess is Uruguay. We share a little bit of history, music, culture and more of Uruguay and Afro-Uruguayan.  Let’s beginning. Listen more in our Podcast.  

Once again welcome to Afrosaya, the Afro-Latino Podcast. I’m Alex Gutierrez. 

Today in our show, we continue talking about Afro-Latinos and we are looking at Afro-Uruguayos.

Uruguay is a beautiful country. It’s located in South America. The official name is the Oriental Republic of the Uruguay or Republica Oriental del Uruguay. It shares borders with Argentina, Brazil, Rio de la Plata, and the Atlantic Ocean.


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African Roots in Argentina

The Afro-Argentines

Host: Hello everyone welcome to AFROSAYA the Afro-Latino Podcast. Today in our show, we will start talking about what we intended from the beginning of this podcast, Blackness in the Americas. We will start talking about Afro-Latinos and a little bit of history, music, culture and more. Today we will start with ARGENTINA and the Afro-Argentines

Let’s beginning.

Once again welcome to Afrosaya, the Afro-Latino Podcast. I’m Alex Gutierrez. Today in our show, we will start with Argentina. This beautiful country is located in South America. The official name is República del Argentina and it shares borders with Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil and Uruguay.  Continue reading

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It’s Official, AfroSaya is in AudioBoom

Hello AfroSaya Podcast listener,

We are beyond excited to announce our new home for our podcast!!!

We like changes and we like to feel in movement, this year, we are moving to AudioBoom Podcast for our weekly AFROSAYA Podcast. This season, we’re featuring The Afro-Latino Podcast.

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You’ll still find our previous episodes in Spanish and in English. We just changed our home, but nothing else, we promise. We are committed to continue working with the same passion and dedication.

If you can’t find us for whatever reason, please feel free to email us at we will be happy to hear from you. Also if you want to listen to our first or second season of Somos Afrobolivianos Podcast, email us we will share the audios directly with you.

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Edición Especial Somos Afroboliviano

Para cerrar el mes de septiembre, el mes donde celebramos la historia, cultura e identidad del pueblo Afroboliviano, compartimos el ultimo audio de podcast titulado Edición Especial Somos Afrobolivianos.

En este episodio hacemos un breve resumen sobre lo conversado en los anteriores cuatro episodios y compartimos música Saya Afro compuesta por afrobolivianos y organizaciones culturales Afros de Bolivia.

Los programas no hubieran sido posible sin la participación de Maria Tereza Zabala, presidenta de la organización Union Afro de la ciudad de Santa Cruz y Pedro Rey, investigador académico Afroboliviano.

No solo somos Saya, Conoce a la Generación de Académicos Afrobolivianos

Marite Zabala, Presidenta de la Organizacion “Union Afro”, se une al debate sobre representatividad

Reconocemos que una nos quedan temas pendiente, y como lo mencionamos en el programa episodio 50, esperamos regresar en un proximo especial abordando temas de salud, justicia, economía, desarrollo, etc.

Este es nuestro humilde aporte desde AfroSaya y esperamos nos continúen escuchando en el podcast.

National Day of Afro-Bolivian People



The Plurinational Legislative Assembly has sanctioned the following Law:

Afro-Bolivian Day

Law No. 200

Article 1.-

Declared on September 23 “National Day of the Afro-Bolivian People and Culture”, in order to reaffirm the identity and culture of African descendants in Bolivia. During the “National Day of the Afro-Bolivian People and Culture”, cultural events will be held to promote the richness of the African ancestry culture and its contributions to the development of society and culture of the Plurinational State of Bolivia.

Article 2.-

The Ministry of Cultures, within the framework of its competences, shall prioritize and execute the specific tasks of studying, researching and promoting the culture of the Afro-Bolivian people, as well as the recovery of ancestral knowledge, historical facts and emblematic places. .

Article 3.-

The Ministry of Development Planning and the National Institute of Statistics (INE in Spanish), will develop the necessary policies to include the Afro-Bolivian self-identification variable, in the census ballot and periodic surveys, to implement and protect the rights of the Afro-Bolivian people .

Refer to the Executive Body, for constitutional purposes. It is given in the Session Room of the Plurinational Legislative Assembly, on the seventeenth day of the month of November of the year two thousand and eleven.

Government Palace of the city of La Paz, on the fourteenth day of the month of December of two thousand and eleven years.

Official Gazette of Bolivia.

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WordCamp Sacramento 2018

WordCamp 2018!!!

It is that time of the year again! Since 2015, every year in Sacramento, Ca., Word Press users and web developers meet. This is my third year and I feel like Junior (Intermediate) and I start thinking that next year I will be senior, but would that be for me? I am sure that every time that WordCamp meets, there is something new for me to learn. So, I am planning to attend next year. I hope I can prepare myself and become more expert in one area so next year I can become a speaker.So, WordCamp Sac this year was hosted at the beautiful Sacramento Convention Center in the heart of California’s Capital City. The Convention Center sits just steps from the California State Capital, historic attractions, and amazing restaurants, as well as mere blocks from the brand new Golden 1 Center and K Street Mall. This place is much bigger and beautiful for big events like this one. However, my first WordCamp was at California State University, Sacramento and it was pretty homie. I miss that place!A huge thank to the organizers and volunteers who made possible that WordCamp Sacramento continues as a community-organized event and to everyone who literally spent time and energy to support WordPress in our greater Sacramento region. Now, for me the WC Sac 2018 was interesting and these are my three take away:
  1. Gutenberg is the new WordPress editor and although I have started using it, I realized that I don’t like it. I rather be with the classic style of editing and posting. The Gutenberg sets up the posting page as bloques and I had a hard time adding pictures and text. However, it is just a mood of comfort and practicality. In the future, I will spend some time learning and eventually when it will be the default for WP users, I will activate it back and use it.
  2. The WordPress Media Library is an important component of my WP experience but I haven’t paid much attention to the “Alt Text” section. After WC Sac 2018, I learned that it is goof for search engine. So I will stat adding text and details
  3. Although I don’t offer coursers online, I am planning to share and prepare some tutorials and some coursers in the future. The session and information in it were helpful.
Finally, the Happiness Bar is one of my favorite places to hangout. The WordCamp Happiness Bar is basically FREE help for your website. The Happiness Bar is staffed with volunteer WordPress users, designers, and developers who are offering their experience and expertise to help you. So what might they be able to help you with?
  • Plugin advice
  • Theme advice
  • CSS help
  • HTML help
  • Code issues
  • Security advice
I always learn something in a more individual and personalize level. This year, I fixed something that required CSS knowledge and I was glad to find the right person to help me. Like myself, many other people were able to get help and I am so happy for this place. Now, the only things I hope it can change for next year is the temperature inside the convention. In Sacramento the weekend of Sept. 15th and 16th was fantastic. We had the most beautiful weather. It didn’t pass 73F and I think the Air Conditioner (AC) should NOT be used, but guess what? It WAS! The rooms where very uncomfortable and cold. I asked two awesome volunteers to change the level of air or if they could turn it off, as I said, the weather was super nice and we could have save some energy, too. However, I felt that my voice wasn’t heard, so I am making public my observation and I hope that spaces like this huge facilities can be adjusted easier.In other words, I think that the sessions are always good for everyone. We all come from different levels of expertise and Word Press has to offer a lot. I hope to see you next year and if you have some other experience to share, please let me know. Don’t forget to check out my Facebook page at AfroSaya, Twitter @afrosaya and email me to 
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Ep 46: Somos Afrobolivianos Edición Especial

En este episodio hablamos sobre la presencia Africana en Bolivia desde la mirada de los milenios. Hablamos con Maria Tereza Zabala presidenta de la organización Union Afro en Santa Cruz, Bolivia.