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Rapper Maykel Osorbo and Visual Artist Luis Manuel Otéro Arbitrarily Detained In Cuba

For a couple of months now, I have been trying to interview a rapper from Cuba. His name is Maykel Osorbo. This is a collaborative interview with Freemuse, a non-profit organisation that advocates for and defends freedom of artistic expression worldwide.

The reason why this interview is coming along slowly is because Maykel is constantly being arbitrarily detained by Cuban authorities. We can only deduct that he is being detained for his music, lyrics and activism.

According to Freemuse, Cuba is one of the top 10 countries that detain artists in 2019. More on the repression of Maykel Osorbo and his friend and visual artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara can be read on Freemuse’s webpage.

“Both Otero Alcántara and Osorbo are active members of Movimiento San Isidro – the collective of artists that fight for freedom of artistic expression and demonstrate against Decree 349 which came into effect on 7 December 2018 and continues to curb independent artists’ expression in Cuba. “

– from this article on freemuse.org

For those of you that understand Cuban Spanish you can listen to Maykel himself speaking below about the incident and what is happening to him in his own country.

Cover photo taken from Facebook

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Ethiopian Musician And Activist Killed Sparking Deadly Protests

According to some sources up to 52 people have died in recent protests in Ethiopia. The protesters stormed the streets of capital city Addis Ababa in the wake of the killing of a popular musician and activist, one Hachalu Hundessa.

Hundessa has been known to write politically driven songs that criticize the Ethiopian government, an act for which he received numerous death threats and had to flee to the United States. Later he decided to move back home to be with his people, unafraid of the oppression he could face. Tragically, this oppression eventually took his life for as some sources say the local police believe his murder was a targeted attack.

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Public Enemy Recruits Nas, Rapsody, Black Thought And More For A Rendition Of ‘Fight The Power’

The opening acapella performance on the new rendition of Fight The Power is an original piece created by 12 year old Keedron Bryant. Young Bryant wrote the song I Just Wanna Live in the wake of the murder of George Floyd and it quickly gained serious traction (former president Obama, among others, shared the video clip).

Then the legendary beat drops and Chuck D storms onto the screen with his megaphone, followed by younger rappers that all stand on a common stage built and shaped by Public Enemy.

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