(Prensa Latina) Havana, Cuba- Today there are more than a thousand rap groups in Cuba, 200 out of which are in the capital. Hermanos Saiz Association National President, Alpidio Alonso Diaz, commented that the music genre, which started 10 years ago in the world’s great cities, has rapidly established itself in Cuba and continues to draw new followers, mainly among the youth. Diaz noted that an International Rap Festival takes place each year and in the last edition 64 bands from different provinces and a dozen foreign groups participated. He added that a rap promotion agency was created and a rap recording label is being planned, along with a magazine called “Movement.” Another project will be the promotion of festivals in the western and eastern regions of Cuba.
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.