This past Saturday, Cuba’s dictatorship decided to stage a concert in Havana’s “Anti-Imperialist Plaza,” which was promoted as a “concert for the homeland.” Hastily throwing together some pro-dictatorship musical artists, actors, and writers, the Cuban regime hoped the concert would help the dictatorship garner support from the very people it oppresses.
In an obvious attempt to capitalize on the success of recent concerts by the delicate flower Juanes, and the moronic cretins Calle 13, Silvio Rodriguez was given orders to headline the concert and along with other musical guests, orders were also issued for poets and actors to recite letters, passages, and poems extolling the virtues of their oppressor and the machine that represses them that the regime euphemistically refers to as the “revolution.” All of this in the hopes that the Cuban people would walk away from the event reciting quotes from their dictator, and feeling proud to be members of the largest slave population in modern history.
I am sure that on paper, this all seemed like a good idea to the slave masters: give the slaves some entertainment and tell them how lucky they are to be slaves of the Castro family. The only problem, though, was that according to this AP article, not very many slaves showed up for the shindig.
HAVANA — A surprisingly small crowd sweated and sang along to performances by Cuban rock, folk and salsa stars Saturday, at what the communist government billed as a politically important “concert for the homeland.”
Organizers had said the show would be headlined by Cuba’s most famous folk singer, Silvio Rodriguez. But instead the pro-Castro government activist made fans wait for an hour in unrelenting afternoon sun before he took the stage, read a letter defending the single-party communist system — and then left without performing.
“If this government is so bad, where has such a good people come from?” he asked.
Immediately after the 63-year-old Rodriguez’s appearance were performances by top artists from the “Nueva Trova” movement, a genre that mixes folk music and pro-Castro politics. But many in the already sparse crowd drifted away, missing later performances by other musicians and poetry recited by Cuban film stars.
So the question we should all be asking is: If a dictatorial regime holds a concert and no one shows up, do the singers, the instruments, and the speakers make any noise?