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Cuba: Forbids punk-rock band from touring in Europe

10 June 2011

  Authorities in Cuba forbids three members of Porno Para Ricardo from performing at the United Islands music festival in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, on 25 June 2011 It would have been their first concert performance in Europe. But although the Czech organisers as well as the Cuban …

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Cuba: Rock singer Gorki Águila again harassed by authorities

1 December 2010

Cuban punk-rock singer Gorki Águila and the members of his band Porno Para Ricardo were arrested on 26 November 2010, and released ten hours later, reported the group’s manager, Laura García Freyre, in a press relase which was published on Facebook. According to her report, guitarist Ciro Diaz, bass-player Hebert …

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Gorki Luis

1 December 2010

Cuba: Rock singer Gorki Águila again harassed by authorities Cuban singer Gorki Águila and the members of his band were arrested on 26 November 2010, and released ten hours later, reported the group’s manager 01 December 2010 Human Rights for Musicians – Impressions & Descriptions: Gorki Aguila Testimonial by Gorki …

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Cuba: Censored rap group thrives on YouTube

19 May 2010

The songs of the Cuban rap group Los Aldeanos are considered ‘too critical’ by Cuba’s authorities and therefore they have been banned on Cuban radio stations and cannot be sold in the shops. According to an article published by Reuters, YouTube has instead become their channel for expressing themselves.   …

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Cuba: Rapper momentarily taken into custody

30 September 2009

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 …

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Cuba: Musician Gorki Aguila released

30 August 2008

After receiving a fine for civil disobedience, punk-rock singer and musician Gorki Águila could walk out of the court room as a free man. The court dismissed a more serious ‘social dangerousness’ charge that could have sent him to prison for four years. On 29 August, following a two-hour hearing …

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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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Cuba/USA: Music Freedom Day sparks emotional debates on Cuban blogs

6 March 2008

Music Freedom Day, 3 March 2008, fuelled interesting and revealing debates on past and present accounts of censorship in Cuba. The increasingly popular ‘blogger-universe’ hosts the emotional and political exchange of opinions on the history of music censorship on the Caribbean island.By Martin Buch Larsen, Freemuse Within a few hours, …

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