Cuba’s rap battle with dissidents – BBC News

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    A rap and reggaeton hit by a group of well-known Cuban musicians has deeply angered the communist-run government.

    The song, which has been viewed more than four million times on YouTube, blasts the dire economic situation on the island.

    The title ‘Patria y Vida’ or ‘Fatherland and Life’ plays on one of Fidel Castro’s favourite revolutionary slogans “Fatherland or Death”.

    Havana has described the artists as mercenaries and released its own pro-revolutionary song in response, albeit with limited success.

    Produced by Will Grant, Colm O’Molloy and Greg Brosnan.

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    Cuba, officially the Republic of Cuba is a country comprising the island of Cuba, as well as Isla de la Juventud and several minor archipelagos.

    Since 1965, the state has been governed by the Communist Party of Cuba. The country was a point of contention during the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States, and a nuclear war nearly broke out during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.

    Culturally, Cuba is considered part of Latin America.

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