Cuba: Singer who sang lyrics calling for free elections during Castro propaganda concert banned indefinitely

During a state-organized propaganda concert this past Thursday in front of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, Robertico Carcasses, singer for the band Interactivo, took the liberty of adding a few lyrics to a song that called for free elections, freedom to access information, and civil rights for all in Cuba. Perhaps the usually servile artist might have gotten away with this act of defiance if it were not for the fact that the concert was being televised live on state-run television to the entire island.

Naturally, it did not take long for Cuba’s repressive apartheid dictatorship to react. According to a DIARIO DE CUBA news report, Carcasses has been banned from performing indefinitely in retaliation for deviating from the official Castro propaganda script.

My translation:

Regime suspends Robertico Carcassés ‘indefinitely’

The musician declined to confirm his official suspension, but promises to explain the situation in an upcoming public announcement.

Sources from the band Interactivo report that musician Robertico Carcasses has been “removed from the music industry” for an indefinite time as a reprisal for his critical comments about the regime during a concert dedicated to the four spies currently serving prison sentences in the United States.

The members of the band stated that he will not be allowed to perform Saturday at Cafe Miramar or on Wednesday at Brecht due to a decision made by authorities.

According to statements made on the band’s Facebook page: “We were all called into a meeting yesterday at the Cuban Institute of Music where we were informed that Roberto has been “removed from the industry” for an indefinite period of time. In other words, he can neither perform solo nor with Interactivo in any State-run venue.”

However, an hour later, the Facebook messages were edited and now they only mention the concert cancellations.

This past Thursday during a concert for the release of four spies imprisoned in the United States, Carcasses called for “freedom of information,” “direct presidential elections,” and “the end of the blockade and self-blockade.”

Two reporters for DIARIO DE CUBA were able to speak to Carcasses this Saturday at noon when the first rumors of his possible suspension by the government became known.

During both calls, the musician declined to confirm or deny that the Cuban Institute of Music had suspended him, but he promised to write an open letter to the public in the next week.

“And that is how they want the people to discuss problems? Not even the one who said it believes that,” commented one fan of Interactivo on their Facebook page. Soon after, dozens of comments in support of the punished musician were posted.