Mass Appeal; Exploring Cuban Hip-Hop

Katie Millbauer of the Seattle Weekly reports that despite its relative economic upswing, there are new waves of social and economic problems in Cuba spurred by increased tourism. The rise of hip-hop in the country over the past decade reflects this. Herrera estimates that there are currently around 800 rap groups in Cuba, and the hip-hop festisval has been held every August for nine consecutive years—first solely amongst Alamar’s seaside grid of dilapidated high-rise apartment buildings, then spreading to venues in other parts of Havana. Read more.

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