The international success of the song “Patria y Vida” has been cited by the world’s major press media, such as the BBC, which has dedicated a special report to the topic on its YouTube account.
As can be read in the description of the video, the English media alludes to the reaction of the Cuban regime to the musical proposal of Yotuel, Gente de Zona, Descemer Bueno, Maykel Osorbo and El Funky.
“The rap and reggaeton of a group of renowned Cuban musicians have infuriated the communist government deeply. The song, which has been viewed more than four million times on YouTube, criticizes the island’s dire economic situation, ”the BBC published in its Spanish version.
Major press reports that the song “plays with one of Fidel Castro’s favorite revolutionary slogans” Patria o Muerte “, which it has used in most of his endless speeches since declaring” the socialist nature of the Cuban revolution “in 1961.
Havana described the performers as mercenaries and in response released its own pro-revolutionary song, albeit with limited success, the BBC continues, referring to the criticized Raúl Torres theme.
The digital media report contains the passages most critical in “Homeland and Life” that describe the dire situation on the island for more than years.
In turn, he cites official media outlets, such as the National Television Newscast, in which journalist Lázaro Manuel Alonso tries to disprove the phrase that today is a spontaneous slogan for Cubans inside and outside the Greater Antilles.
According to Alonso, “the video resurrected as the hymn of rebellion refers directly to the heart of our youth. They named him Patria y Vida, a phrase that is not current, in fact Fidel said it on December 23, 1999 ”.
Certainly, Patria y Vida is an anthem of all Cubans who want change in the island, which has been subject to the Castro regime since January 1, 1959.
The song has shaken the dictatorship to the point of applying reverse psychology, as even senior leaders of the nation and President Miguel Díaz Canel himself used “Homeland and Life” in their social media hashtags.
The BBC, for its part, cites statements by Alexander Delgado of the duo Gente de Zona when referring to Cuba’s lack of freedom of expression, saying that a position had to be taken and “it was our turn”.