Cuba bans reggaeton from airwaves
The Cultural Ministry’s music institute will levy severe sanctions or ban musicians including reggaeton artists whose lyrics are deemed sexually explicit or demeaning to women, the Communist Party paper said in a story posted Tuesday.
“Neither vulgarity nor mediocrity will be able to tarnish the richness of Cuban music,” , institute chief Orlando Vistel Columbie said. “Obviously, people can listen to what they want privately. But, that freedom doesn’t include the right to reproduce and disseminate that music.”
A throbbing blend of reggae, hip-hop, and Latin music, reggaeton grew out of Puerto Rico and has taken root throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, the United States and Europe. The genre is known for its often racy lyrics and the sexually suggestive dance moves that it has inspired.
Vistel said the music misrepresents “the inherent sensuality of Cuban women” and portrays them as “grotesque sexual objects.”
“I can assure you that traditional Cuban music has nothing to do with elitist codes nor is outdated,” Vistel said, defending musical forms such as salsa, son as well as rumba and Cuban jazz. “With a professional movement, we encompass the most varied styles and modes of conducting sound, with a wonderful choral movement, with orchestras and soloists class, with carriers of traditions that preserve and transmit traditional values.”