Cuba: Rapper momentarily taken into custody


30 September 2009


Rapper momentarily taken into custody

Singer and rapper El Aldeano (real name: Aldo Roberto Rodríguez Baquero), member of the popular Cuban rap group Los Aldeanos, was detained at 11:00 AM on 28 September 2009. He was released later the same day.

The group quickly published the following statement on the group’s MySpace profile:

Statement from La Aldea regarding the arrest of AL2 (Los Aldeanos)
At this time, La Aldea is confirming that AL2 was arrested this morning in his home, as many web news reports and emails have circulated. Aldo was momentarily taken into custody and had personal effects, such as his home computer, confiscated. He was released later this afternoon. Any misunderstandings arising from this arrest in regards to his property are being formally addressed.

On behalf of AL2 and La Aldea, we are thankful for the international support and appreciate your immediate concerns. We insist that all news feeds, media outlets, blogs, emails, interest sites, etc be RESPONSIBLE in the communication of such events, and DESIST from any sensationalism taking into consideration the fragility of the situation.

We do not condone any reports outside of this avenue. La Aldea is the primary source regarding any news concerning Los Aldeanos.

We will follow up with further information as appropriate.

Thank you,
Emetrece // La Aldea

Criticism of Cuban regime
In the song ‘Es Solo Un Sueno’ (It’s Only a Dream), Aldo and his band rap about a day in which they can live without the Castro regime’s political, social and economic repression.

Mauricio Claver-Carone wrote on
“That’s their dream. They condemn the island’s tourism apartheid, where Cubans are denied access to areas and privileges reserved for foreign tourists, and the censorship and humiliation they are subjugated to by the regime.”

Dubbed as ‘underground rappers’ and a ‘hip-hop sensation’, Los Aldeanos was formed in Havana in 2003.

            El Aldeano

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