Reggaeton Banned in Cuba as Castro Cracks Down on Music
Replies: 22 - Last Post: Dec 12, 2012 12:13 PM Last Post By: dontomas
Dec 5, 2012 6:02 PM
Dec 5, 2012 7:33 PM
16#14 Im under 30 and i dislike regeaton ;).
I find it silly to ban music just because they have stupid lyrics, as long as the lyrics don't encourage people to do illegal stuff then they can sing what they want imo.
I gotta say i find it puzzling when the dancefloor fills up with dancing women who sing along when that song gets put on, that would never in a million years happen in my country... Guessing its a culture thing.
Buuut chris brown did fill up a big concert with women in my country, while he doesn't have the lyrics he sure does have something else thats considered quite negative among women (and most men).
Dec 6, 2012 5:44 PM
17Almost all the video's coming out of North America re/: black street music is as insulting to women as you can get. It's been going on for decades. I have no idea what country you are talking about but in NA, if you are a black/mulata woman, you are little more than a sex object in popular black music culture.
The sad thing is that the all the losers with their attitudes believe it. My wife constantly has to brush them off while waiting for the bus...etc.
Thankfully, pants-around-your-knees seems to have run its course...At least around here.
Dec 7, 2012 10:13 AM
18greslogo I agree with you and like both genres of music. By the way to those who don't understand lyrics, both timba and regueton have sexist lyrics, but timba is a much more subtle.
I found this documentary if people want more info on the subject:
Animals of Cuban Music / Animales de la Música Cubana is a documentary about Cuban reggaeton and the relationship of reguetoneros cubanos to the government. Starring Gente de Zona, Baby Lores, Charanga Habanera.
Here is a description from Amazon:
ANIMALS OF CUBAN MUSIC takes us inside a thriving music scene in Cuba to explore tensions between defenders of Reggaeton and Cuban Salsa who share their thoughts between live performances.
The mass reggaeton youth movement has managed to unhinge the authorities whose attempts at control simply fuel the phenomenon. Meanwhile, salsa musicians have had to chase collaborations with these new street superstars to stay on-trend. In turn, they've helped them overcome government restrictions on the genre by fusing salsa and reggaeton into an explosive rhythm cocktail no dancer can resist.
Featuring: Gente de Zona, Charanga Habanera, Baby Lores, El Chacal, Bamboleo, Manolito Simonet Y Su Trabuco, Yulien Oviedo, Insurrecto, El Micha. Cameos and interviews: Los Van Van, Mayito Rivera, Roberton, Los Intocables, Mandy Cantero, RDR, Team Cuba, Paulito FG, Jose Luis Cortes
Dec 9, 2012 12:01 AM
Dec 11, 2012 7:51 PM
20El Chacal? Did you not catch this summers scoop of him and Baby Lores having, ehm, making out?
I agree with Greslogo, you guys are old farts. I love reggaeton, though only a few Cuban artists among those I listen to. Cubaton is soooo incredibly alike. Same drum beat on just about every song. Anyway, that's another discussion, what I am wondering when reading the article from Granma is whether it will have an effect on which groups will be allowed to play where? Are they thinking of not having all the big cubaton names play CDLM, Cecilia etc? I don't think so.
If not, then it's just a crackdown on explicit lyrics in reggaeton which won't bother me much or make a difference to anyone, since Cuban reggaeton is already the most self-censored there is. Those guys have to please the state to get anywhere, they're the proporty of the state, the state decides who becomes stars and who don't in Cuba, since they control all booking. If the state don't like you, you don't play.
Dec 12, 2012 5:11 AM
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