‘Patria Y Vida’ Becomes Anthem For Those Clamoring For A Free Cuba – CBS Miami
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – You’ve seen the signs and heard the shouts of “Patria y Vida,” which means “home and life,” and it has become the siren song for protesters on the island as well as here in South Florida.
It’s a current song released by several Cuban artists earlier this year.
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The song’s title is a nod to the chorus “Patria o Muerte” often uttered by Fidel Castro and sympathizers of the communist regime, but many Cubans say they want to recapture “La Patria” and live to see a free one Cuban.
“Do you know who started what happened in Cuba? Artists, poets, songwriters, writers, actors, musicians, ”said Senator Marco Rubio in a recent speech in the Senate.
“It’s you who started it. The San Isidro Movement. But then (the Cuban government) came after them. And there is a song that came out earlier this year that by the way, if you play in Cuba, you go to jail. The name of the song is Patria y Vida. “
Cuban singer Yotuel can be seen in the song along with other artists, including the group Gente de Zona.
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“When you look at the words, the strength of the words is in all words, in all sentences,” said Yotuel.
“Change not just death for life, but that or for that and.”
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The music video has more than 6 million views on Yotuel’s YouTube page, and the trend is rising.
“The success of ‘Patria y Vida’ is not in the views or on Spotify, but in the 20 year old Cubans taking to the streets and saying ‘Patria y Vida’,” he added.
In the song, the chorus refers to a game of dominoes, a game that ends when neither player has another domino to play.
The game is “trancado” or locked up.
The song says they have been locked up for 60 years, but “ya se acabo” – it’s over.
At Domino Park in Little Havana, there is hope that the song will sound true.
“For me it is like this, we want our country and we want to stay alive,” said Cuba-born Angel Guevara. “We want a free, democratic Cuba. We want to live in a democracy like this. “
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The song also says that the world would know what was going on and it is safe to say that what is happening is exactly what we see now.