Havana, Cuba – “Songs do not change the world, but could make it better,” Cuban folk
singer Silvio Rodriguez, one of the top exponents of Cuban music, stated.
The author of “El Necio” and Ojalá” replied some questions by some of the five
Cubans imprisoned in the US for espionage and their families, and his comments
were published in the local newspaper Juventud Rebelde.
Rodriguez said he was “surprised” by Antonio Guerrero –one of the five prisoners
– question: “what did you feel when you learned your songs were also tools for
the struggle and resistance in the prisons of the empire?“”The motivation for the songs usually are away from such transcendental scenes,
such important and hair-raising situations for everyone, as that reality our
five comrades, brothers, are living,” the author of “Amada” stated.
“Actually, most times one makes them like daydreaming; and suddenly, one sees
them as children. Sometimes they even take backpacks, grab rifles and go who
knows where, to fight extraordinarily.”
“These things other people pass through, which come to you through them, teach
you that, indeed, songs can not change the workd, but contribute to make it
better,” he concluded.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.