Cuba: Freemuse calls for the release of imprisoned artists

28 August 2015

The Cuban graffiti artist and activist Danilo Maldonado Machado, best known as El Sexto, who has been arbitrarily imprisoned for eight months in the Valle Grande prison, located west of Havana, has initiated a hunger strike, according to El Nuevo Harald and various other sources. El Sexto was arrested on …

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Cuba: Rapper sentenced to one year in prison

4 February 2015

On 28 January 2015, the rapper El Dkano (real name: Maikel Castillo Perez) was sentenced to a year in prison in Havana. It is generally believed he was targeted for having used music to express his dissenting political opinions. El Dkano was sentenced under a charge known as ‘peligrosidad predelictiva’ …

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Cuba/Netherlands: Film about the underground music scene

1 July 2008

  The documentary film ‘¡Cuba RebelióN!’ is an unusual and very outspoken portrait of the Cuban underground music scene. It’s about the punk-rock and metal musicians rebelling against the bureaucracy and imposed conformity of the Castro regime. By Kristina Funkeson, Freemuse The film gives an historical overview of music in …

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Mario Masvidal: Music censorship in Cuba

9 January 2007

Dr. Mario Masvidal has hosted a weekly radio show for 12 years, and published various articles and essays on Cuban media and music during the last seven years. In this interview he speaks about the present situation concerning music censorship in Cuba – as it appeared by the end of …

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