Persecution against independent musicians on the island has increased, specifically against rappers who make protest music.
Right now in the Eastern city of Bayamo, rapper Angel Yunier Remon Arzuaga ‘El Critico’, member of The Unwanted Children, has been imprisoned for more than 4 months, while in Havana State Security agents offend and beat members of El Primario y Julito. All these dissident musicians – from the world of rap, rock or of any genre – are censured on all State media outlets.
In this second edition of #PassItOn, audio-visual series which captures the story of Cubans with free minds, we echo the situation of dissident rapper Rodolfo Ramirez “El Primario”, of Havana. El Primario is a member of the hip-hop duo El Primario y Julito. Both have been censured and harassed by the Cuban dictatorship and on July 21st 2013 Rodolfo was brutally beat at El Malecon under the orders of State Security. El Primario’s crime? His free and uncensored rap. In Cuba, there is a movement of young people who make protest music: