Monday, August 07, 2006

Singer-songwriter Silvio Rodríguez rejects transition in Cuba

Radio Cadena Agramonte

Cuban singer-songwriter Silvio Rodríguez. Havana, Aug 5. - Singer-songwriter Silvio Rodríguez rejected today a transition to capitalism in Cuba and said that he would give Commander-in-Chief Fidel Castro more than his music, but his own person.

Before an audience that included Cuban and foreign reporters gathered at the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), for the release of his CD “Érase que se era”, the minstrel noted that if he liked transition he would be in the other side and not in Cuba. I’m still in this side and I will continue because I don’t care about that transition, Rodríguez highlighted.

About the people who are happy for the Cuban President's illness these days and speak about a transition in Cuba, he affirmed that they, and the media that incite them, are vulgar people.

It is possible that many of those who stand there in clownish behaviour are paid to do so; it is a kitsch encouragement of something that is undesirable, added the Cuban singer-songwriter.

When questioned about what he would give Fidel on his 80th birthday, Rodriguez said that aside from his music, he would give him his own person.

In addition, the artist pointed out that when he wrote El Necio he was thinking on Fidel Castro and when the leader of the Revolution listened to it, he identified himself with it.

Silvio also remembered that the score “El Mayor”, dedicated to Major General Ignacio Agramonte in his 100th anniversary, is another of his songs that Fidel likes much.

(AIN/Foto: Marcelino Vázquez).

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