Key Change: as relations between Cuba and the USA become more harmonious, we meet the musicians at the forefront of the nation’s capitalist revolution
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What will Cuba’s new revolution mean for its people? We explore a country on the cusp of great political change through one of its greatest exports: music. But can Cuba sing to a new capitalist tune?
“My generation, since we started having social awareness, we started to realise that things were wrong”, says dissident Cuban rapper, Barbaro El Urbano Vargas. Lyrics describing police abuse, domestic violence and racism come thick and fast from the ardent young rapper, and as a result have shut him out on the cold side of Cuba’s socialist regime. But Vargas is relentless in looking towards a new Cuban future: “Our parent’s generation have now started to realise things that are wrong”, he explains. He is not alone; this report reveals the pivotal role music has played throughout Cuba’s isolation. From state endorsed legend Silvio Rodriguez waving the socialist flag to a new generation of passionate and embittered underground artists, and even evidence of US government funding. What will Cuba’s more open new age sound like?
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On this special episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin highlights BTS’ eight day trip to Havana, Cuba, starting with a historical look at the tensions between the US and Cuba that have led the two countries to the negotiating table to normalize relations. Abby then discusses the major areas of contention when it comes to these negotiations and where they currently stand. BTS producer, Cody Snell, then speaks with members of the largest delegation of peace activists to visit Cuba since the normalized relations announcement, highlighting the role of grassroots diplomacy. BTS than talks to average Cubans both in Havana and in Miami about their views on the state of US-Cuban relations. BTS wraps up the show with an interview with Kenia Serrano, a high ranking Cuban parliament member and President of The Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples, about everything from internet access to the crackdown on free speech in the country.
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