While regime supported musicians like Pablo Milanes and Carlos Varela are busy touring the U.S. and touting “cultural exchange,” the Castro dictatorship continues to impede the travel of non-sanctioned artists. For the Cuban regime, the words “cultural exchange” do not describe a singular process where culture is actually exchanged. To them, it is a two step process: the regime gives the U.S. it’s hand-picked “culture,” and in “exchange,” the U.S. gives it cash and good press.
For bands like Porno para Ricardo, there is no money to be made or propaganda points to be scored by the Castro dictatorship. Therefore, they are neither the regime’s “culture,” nor are they a viable source that provides anything of value in the “exchange.” In fact, the band’s intransigent and vocal stance against the Castro criminal government ends up costing the regime money and political capital.
Porno para Ricardo is not part of the “cultural exchanges” since they do not promote the Castro dictatorship and help it maintain power. For that reason, they are not allowed to tour the world like Milanes and Varela, or like Los Van Van and Buena Fe.
Regime denies the band Porno Para Ricardo travel permits to festival in Prague
The United Islands of Prague festival, the most important festival of its type in the Czech Republic, has denounced that the Cuban rock group Porno Para Ricardo were not able to obtain permission to play in their first European concert, which would have taken place at this festival at the end of June.
“Although the organizers, along with artists, have complied with all the legal requirements needed to travel, the Cuban administration has denied them the permissions necessary to leave the country,” said the spokesperson for the festival, Barbora Subrtova, on Tuesday.
“Nevertheless, the organizers have not given up and have prepared an alternative plan: the leader of the group and its front-man, Gorki Aguila, will be accompanied by Czech musicians,” he added.
“I will not be able to return to the island until democracy comes to the country,” lamented the band leader, who lives exiled in Mexico.
Last year, Havana expelled Aguila from the island, and now is denying Ciro Diaz and Hebert Dominguez permission to leave.