Calle 13 Vibes Shake Havana

Habana, Mar 24 (Prensa Latina) More than 200,00 Cubans, according to preliminary figures, vibrated on Tuesday to the music of Puerto Rican Calle 13 duo, in a single concert that reaffirmed the boys” leadership in that urban style in Latin America.

The band, with frontmen Rene Perez (Residente) and Eduardo Cabra (Visitante), vented all its energy and made all people at the Jose Marti Anti-Imperialist Tribune move at the rhythm of its music.

Supported by Cuban singer songwriter Kelvis Ochoa, the musicians encouraged the audience, mostly youths, to sing and dance.

Let us show to the world that Cuba is alive and kicking, said Residente, the leading vocalist, after opening with the song called “No Hay Nadie Como Tu” (There’s No One Like You).

Havana’s malecon (sea drive) surrounding areas were overcrowded with people dancing and singing the songs the band was playing. “We are going to talk about some taboo subjects today,” said Perez radiating all his energy.

After he sang his “Cumbia de Los Aburridos,” he took a break to receive the 2010 Cubadisco Internacional Award for his album “Los de Atras Vienen Conmigo” (Those behind Are with Me), granted by the Cuban Music Institute, due to their social commitment and contributions to spread the regional music.

The vocalist raised the bar, singing Pal Norte, a song that won him the 2007 Latin Grammy, together with Cuban Orishas band, and was dedicated to all immigrants in the world.

One of the most applauded segments was when Residente sang “Querido FBI” (Beloved FBI), composed to honor his compatriot Filiberto Ojeda Rios, a pro-independence leader assassinated by FBI agents in 2005.

I wish my homeland would be free someday, he said. This song goes straight to the building behind me, he said in a clear reference to the US Interest Section in Cuba.

Latin America has to be united, said Residente. We have to build a huge bridge.

Residente established a great connection with the audience, using phrases as “Cubita linda (pretty Cuba), sing,” and held posters that demanded Puerto Rico’s independence.

The show, which they called a crazy people’s party, concluded with the song called “La Perla” (The Pearl), which was recorded as a duet with Panamanian Ruben Blades and won them a Grammy in 2009.

This is our music, the combination of Cuba and Calle 13, they asserted before saying goodbye. – Cuba travel

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