Cuba Has Banned Reggaeton

Categories: La Habana
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Raul Castro is your grumpy old neighbor who's always yelling at you to "turn that crap down."

The Castro administration has banned "vulgar and banal" music with a direct eye towards reggaeton.

"Neither vulgarity or mediocrity may dent the richness of Cuban music," Cuban Institute of Music president Orlando Vistel Columbié told the state-owned press.

Vistel in particularly takes issue with the "aggressive, sexually explicit, obscene" reggaeton lyrics that portray Cuban women as "grotesque sexual objects."

Though, Vistel clarified that he's not only concerned with reggaeton, but considers the party genre a particular menace.

According to the Guardian, reggaeton musicians could be struck from official lists, which would make it harder for them to find work. Radio and television stations are also being pressured to stop playing the genre. Recordings are being removed from the country's official music catalogues. Any institution that promotes reggaeton could be hit with sanctions.

Most ominously, Vistel promised a new law soon that would directly spell out what kind of music can be played in public.

It may be hard to defend a genre like reggaeton, but its even harder to defend censorship.

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53 comments
moalta
moalta

Reggaeton has not been banned in Cuba ... mentira!  Yes, it has been publicly criticized but it is NOT banned.  And my neighbours, when I am living in Camaguey, seem to enjoy it a lot .. much to my dismay.

jdomar
jdomar topcommenter

He has the right idea, but the wrong way in going about implementing it.

QuizGuy66
QuizGuy66

@UnblinkingEar first they came for the reggaeton and I said nothing... #slipperyslope

DCpierson
DCpierson

@UnblinkingEar It's cool that they got Raul Castro to replace Michael Scott.

Manny Washington
Manny Washington

i cant wait till him his brother, and all there cronies are gone!!! waiting for the day that cubas free !!!! the castro brothers and there family have turned that island into there own click, they could give a rats ass about the people, !!! son unos hijos de puta !!!!!

hcapiro
hcapiro

IT IS AMAZING WHAT SOME LEFTIST PEOPLE WILL SAY TO EXCUSE THECASTROFASCISTS AND THEIR CENSORHIP! IF IT WAS IN THE BAD OLD U.S.A. THEY BESCREAMING! SOUND LIKE AN OLD SONG TO ME COMING FROM THE CASTROFASCISTS! PUNINTENDED!N.Y. TIMES: Where Cubans Can Meet the Beatles at Last - ByDAMIEN CAVEMaybe so, but Cuba’s revolutionaries were not sure what to makeof it when it first came out. Though today the bonds between counterculture rockand leftist politics are well established, back then, Cuban authorities — atleast some of them — saw anything in English as American and practicallytreasonous. The Beatles, along with long hair, bell-bottom jeans andhomosexuality, were all seen as cause for alarm or arrest at a time when greenfatigues were a statement of great importance. Cuba in the ’60s andearly ’70s, says Mr. Vilar, a trained musicologist, “was a very serious place.”Indeed, many Cubans still recall having to sneak a listen to whateverBeatles album they could find in the wake of the Cuban missile crisis and theAmerican trade embargo. Festivals like Woodstock and even smaller rock concertshardly ever occurred — all of which helps explain the appeal of the YellowSubmarine. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/08/world/americas/08havana.html

ponch613
ponch613

@brye04 I can’t believe you said that!

lexxluthaa
lexxluthaa

@KRGMOM and u lived to tell about it....u have a testimony lol

pchirino72
pchirino72

amazing that is why we left that country.. 

tiabia
tiabia

Can this upgrade Cuba's S&P? RT @metroadlib the whole world should follow suit. RT @070180 Cuba Has Banned Reggaeton http://t.co/ircmV3C9

Minh Kha
Minh Kha

Communism at its best!! lol!!

Ferny Prego
Ferny Prego

Can't wait until the day where Cubans and all those affected by communist dictators can do whatever the hell they want to do with their lives.

Andrew Creech
Andrew Creech

Wait a minute....does the Cuban Kevin Bacon move there, fall in love with the Mayor's daughter and spread the joy of dance with the young people? Love it, hate it, either way, making any music illegal is not a principle I align with.

Jose Pena
Jose Pena

Best thing to happen since Castro took over

Kzm Ufc
Kzm Ufc

YES!!! That will actually prevent "loud music shootings".

Tony Castaneira
Tony Castaneira

Wait. Where is Sean Penn, Oliver Stone & Michael Moore to tell us how progressive this is?

Phillip Cardona
Phillip Cardona

Decadent music with talentless individuals hiding behind as artists, of course it should be ban. It has no message or self worth and generally created negative images and degrades society. Not to mention, it's incredibly misogynistic. I agree.

andresdavid
andresdavid

@wicho @andresdavid @MiamiNewTimes Jaja ;)

natxox
natxox

@wicho La pena es que sea otra mentira más de la gusanera @andresdavid @miaminewtimes

writergirlfl
writergirlfl

@MiamiNewTimes hahaha that's kind of awesome actually.

BuckyKatt
BuckyKatt

@QuizGuy66 @UnblinkingEar It's hard to take seriously a country that just legalized the VCR few yrs ago.

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