A new series called Somos Los Prietos (We Are the Black Ones) is in development at Sony Pictures Television Latin America, according to Variety. The show is inspired by the hip-hop band ChocQuibTown and will be a Colombian drama revolving around Afro-Latino youth in Latin America.
The project was announced on Sunday during the American Black Film Festival. The story is set in a town on Colombia’s Pacific Coast called Condoto. Karin Valecillos (El Amparo, Jasmines in Lidice) will act as writer for the show.
The series follows a group of young Afro-Latino friends who struggle with poverty, racism, and trying to dodge being recruited by armed commandos. While navigating the struggles of being an adolescent in Latin America, the friends are also trying to form a band and enter a festival that is hosted by ChocQuibTown. Throughout the series the kids encounter violence, racism, and family issues. The group of friends are trying to figure out themselves and their identities, but have the reality of the world getting in their way.
ChocQuibTown rose to popularity internationally because their music combines various genres. They mix together hip-hop, reggae, pop, and traditional music from the Pacific coast to create songs. The group consists of Carlos “Tostao” Valencia, Gloria “Goyo” Martinez, and Miguel “Slow” Martinez. They are signed to National Records and Sony Music. ChocQuibTown has created 6 studio albums and have been awarded two Latin Grammy Awards for Best Alternative Song and Best Tropical Fusion Album.
“Pa Olvidarte (Remix Official)” is ChocQuibTown’s most viewed music video on YouTube and most streamed song on Spotify. The music video can be viewed below.