Banning of Cuban musician for criticizing regime hits mainstream American media
The news regarding the banning of Cuban musician Roberto Carcasses for criticizing the Castro dictatorship during a propaganda concert broadcast live on state-run television has made it to a mainstream music publication here in the United States.
Robertico Carcassés Sanctioned in Cuba Over Critical Song Lyrics: Report
The Cuban pianist and bandleader Robertico Carcassés improvised lyrics calling for "direct presidential elections," "freedom of information" and "the end of the embargo and the auto-embargo" during a televised concert in front of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana on Thursday (Sept. 12) marking the anniversary of the arrest in Miami of the Cuban intelligence agents known as the Cuban Five.
Cuban officials Friday suspended Carcassés from performing on the island "indefinitely," according to a report in the exile website Diario de Cuba.
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Now let us all collectively hold our breath and wait for Jay-Z and Beyonce to stand up and defend a fellow musician from the island they love so much. Or how about Pete Seeger or Jackson Brown? Surely these champions of freedom will not sit silently while a fellow musician from their beloved Cuba is punished for singing a few critical lyrics.