In the wake of George Floyd’s death, an unarmed black man who recently died at the hands of police in Minneapolis, Gloria “Goyo” Martinez has used her platform to demand justice and police accountability. She also took time to address the matter at the 2020 Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC), where she sat down with Billboard’s Leila Cobo.
“The Afro community is very hurt by this situation,” she said during the “Talks with Billboard Latin” event on Wednesday (June 10). “That [George Floyd] video shows how racism has been reactivated in a visible way. There are many people protesting on social media, I have received calls from friends. This is everyone's problem and the Afro community in Colombia feels very bad. It is a subject that people do not want to hear or see because it is too real but it’s time to talk about it.”
Goyo, who recently elaborated her feelings in a thought-provoking open letter for Billboard, forms part of the Latin Grammy-winning Colombian group ChocQuibTown, known for fusing hip-hop with salsa, Latin jazz, and Afro-Latin rhythms. As the vocalist and one of the rappers of the musical trio, Goyo is proudly representing Afro-Latinas at an international level.