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Young Cuban artists testing the boundaries of dissent

Young Cuban artists testing the boundaries of dissent

With fake-diamond studs lining his lips and ears, and a tattoo carved under his dreadlocks, Omar Sayut is hard to miss. His version of Cuban hip-hop is what you might call hard to miss too. "Down with Raul! Down with Raul!" he chants in a video performance, referring to the president of Cuba, Raul Castro. In another, he portrays himself as Christ, being crucified on a palm tree. They / stole / my / freedom.... They / stole / my / youth. All I want is a raise So the government will stop stealing.... Yo / yo / yo.... No, nothing subtle here. Sayut is part of an increasingly restive young generation of Cubans using music, art and other creative forms to express...

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