The Hip-Hop Song That’s Driving Cuba’s Unprecedented Protests

NPR (07/13/2021)
  • Cuba’s mass-protests against food and electricity shortages have adopted the hip-hop song ‘Patria y Vida’ as their unofficial anthem.
  • Released earlier this year, the song is a collaboration between Afro-Cuban reggaeton and hip-hop artists in the US and Cuba.
  • Lyrics (translated) including “no more lies”, “my people demand freedom”, and “start building dreams” encapsulate the demands and aspirations of struggling Cubans.
  • Cuban authorities arrested Osorbo, one of the song’s artists, and continue blaming Cuba’s economic crisis on US sanctions.