Hip-hop has become a universal language around the world and inspiring cultures to empower themselves with words that motivate. The Ecuadorian band Los Nin raps blending Spanish with Kichwa, the pre-Columbian language spoken during the Inca Empire.
Los Nin emerged in 2008. Originally from Otavalo, in the northern highlands of Ecuador. Their goal was to revive Kichwa through pop culture. The Kichwa verb “nin” means “to say”. The young vocalists admit they had to re-learn the language of their parents to put it into songs. On stage, they blend languages and native musical instruments such as the Andean flute with more electric sounds.