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Havana hip-hop underground

D’ Yves Billon


Today in Cuba rap music is undoubtfully one very powerful vector of independent freedom of expression, allowed by the state and even sometimes promoted by it. Castro’s regime, although very much questioned in the news by those paying attention to the expression of opinions on the island, has enabled about 600 rap music bands to spring. Compared to its North American neighbour, and despite its domination, Cuban rap is a good means of observation of the various demands of the Cuban society.

Yves Billon also made another film about Cuban music called Cuba Son