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Viral Music Video 'Patria Y Vida' Sparks Conversation For Change In Cuba

Cuba rapper Yotuel Romero (center) and other Cuban singers in the music video Patria y Vida
Cuba rapper Yotuel Romero (center) and other Cuban singers in the music video Patria y Vida

A music video slamming a Cuban communist slogan has gone viral — and has really got under the Cuban regime’s skin.

“Patria y Vida” or, Homeland and Life, is an intentional flip of the late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro’s mantra “Patria o Muerte," Homeland or Death.

The music video “Patria y Vida”, performed by several Cuban recording artists, has had more than 2 million views on Youtube since its release last week.

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It’s quickly become an anthem denouncing Cuba’s totalitarian communist government and crises like food shortages.

“The video in itself is a result of the continuing frustration amongst young Cubans, of the San Isidro movement that we saw two months ago, of artists and intellectuals demanding more freedom,” said Andy Gomez, former interim director of the Cuban Institute of Cuban and Cuban- American Studies at the University of Miami.

The global impact of "Patria y Vida" has prompted a loud and defensive response unusual even for the Cuban regime.

In a series of tweets, President Miguel Díaz-Canel denounced the videos message insisting the song will never "erase our slogan."

Yotuel Romero, Cuban rapper and lead singer on "Patria y Vida," spoke with El Nuevo Herald last week to explain the song and his frustrations with the Cuban government.

For Romero, to live in 2020 and still hear the slogan "Homeland and Death" is "difficult." In the song, Romero criticizes the government for advertising the island as a tourist paradise while "mothers are crying for their children who've fled the island."

Patria y Vida - Yotuel , Gente de Zona, Decemer Bueno, Maykel Osorbo , El Funky

Julian Quintana is a spring 2020 graduate of Florida International University, where he earned a degree in journalism. Following graduation he continued telling stories through FIU’s media hub, The South Florida Media Network.
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