“Patria y Vida”, the hymn to freedom that fueled a new Cuban revolution this summer, will now become a feature documentary.
Presented by Exile Content Studio in partnership with singer-songwriters Beatriz Luengo and Yotuel Romero, the documentary “will explore how the song – its title is a repudiation of the 1950s Cuban Revolution slogan” Patria o Muerte “- sparked a movement that the Cuban government has tried to suppress and to study how music has been a catalyst for social change throughout modern history, ”the statement read.
“When we see the impact our song has had on the people of Cuba and around the world, we feel privileged to be able to use our platform to tell the story of Cuba and give voice to a community that is often oppressed.” , said Luengo and Romero. “We hope to see changes in the future and we are delighted to collaborate with Exile to continue to raise awareness and fight for the people of Cuba; continue to use our voice in a meaningful way.
The news comes just after “Patria y Vida” won the award for best urban song and coveted song of the year at the 2021 Latin Grammy Awards on November 18.
The song was originally written by Romero (formerly of hip-hop group Orishas), Beatriz Luengo, Alexander Delgado and Randy Malcom (from Gente de Zona) and Descemer Bueno, and features Cuban voices from the island, Maykel Osorbo and rapper El Froussard.
“I felt we had to show both realities: those of us who live outside Cuba and those who are still on the island, who live there on the streets,” Romero said previously. Billboard.
The track, released independently on Romero’s Chancleta Records in February, has become the anthem of anti-government protests in Cuba. His mobilizing power was a factor in the arrests of El Funky and Osorbo; the latter has been behind bars in Cuba since May, when he fled the Cuban police with the help of demonstrators. Osorbo is the first Cuban political prisoner to win two Latin Grammys.
“At Exile, we believe in creating content to inspire Latin Americans to take action to create social change in the world,” said Daniel Eilemberg, president of content at Exile. “We are especially thrilled to have the opportunity to join forces with Bea and Yotuel to produce a documentary on the enormous power of their song to galvanize activism to protest the appalling conditions and restrictive political policies in Cuba. and the government responsible for it. “