(Yandel (L) and Wisin of the reggaeton duo Wisin y Yandel perform at the 10th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images))

Cuba cracks down on Reggaeton music

Cuba may be known famously for its Salsa and Timba music but the island is cracking down on the growing popularity of a slightly more pulsating beat.

A top government official for the country told Granma, a state-run newspaper in Cuba, that musicians whose songs refer explicitly to sexual acts or objectifying women will be banned from TV and radio.

In an interview with the paper Orlando Vistel, the director of the Cuban Music Institute, explained that the government will take licenses away from musicians that “violate ethics” rules during concerts, adding that “severe sanctions” will be administered to officials who allow such groups to perform.

“Neither vulgarity nor mediocrity will be able to tarnish the richness of Cuban music,” Vistel said in an interview posted online by the Communist Party paper. “People can listen to what they want privately. But, that freedom doesn’t include the right to reproduce and disseminate that music.”

The Reggaeton movement was made largely popular in the U.S. and Latin American by artists like Wisin Y Yandel and Daddy Yankee, and like Rap and Hip Hop has faced controversy for its sexually-explicit lyrics.

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The popularity of Reggaeton spread to Cuba bringing “cubatón,” a fusion of Cuban percussion and Reggaeton, that made local stars like Osmani Garcia household names. Fame will soon become infamy should the Cuban government formulate new laws censoring music that can be played in public places.

“With a professional movement, we encompass the most varied styles and modes of conducting sound, with a wonderful choral movement, with orchestras and soloists class, with carriers of traditions that preserve and transmit traditional values.”

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