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Mexicans rappers transform Cervantes' works into hip hop

Mexicans rappers transform Cervantes' works into hip hop

Posted by PanamericanWorld on July 04, 2016

Three Mexican rappers will represent their country in a competition where participants adapt literary works from Miguel de Cervantes into rap.

The "Cervantes in Rap" competition, part of the Almagro International Festival of Classical Theater Foundation in Spain and the International Cervantes Festival in Mexico, marks the four hundredth anniversary of the author's death and puts to test the competitors creativity and knowledge of the Spanish writer's work.

Competition organizer and program director for the International Cervantes Festival, Marcela Diez, told Efe, "The idea is to bring a younger audience closer to the writer."

"He's the real character here, the father of Spanish literature," she added.

The tournament classifying rounds brought together over 80 rappers of all ages from across Mexico who sent a minute-long video clip of their creations.

Eight finalists were selected in all, seven by a panel of three judges, two specialized in rap and the other a scholar of Cervantes' literature. The eighth contender was chosen by popular vote.

The eight competitors participated, last Friday, in the following round in Center of Spanish Culture (Spain), where they evoked scenes and characters from Cervantes' work.

"My Mom named me Alfredo Martinez and Hip-Hop re-baptized me as Danger, now everyone knows me as Danger, apart from my Mom" the winner of first place in Friday's round told Efe.

"When I saw that we were going to rap in a homage to Cervantes, I found it really interesting. I think it's a way to bring rap to other parts of society," he added.

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