Friday, January 02, 2009

East of Havana

East of Havana


East of Havana is a blunt, unflinching close-up on the lives of three young rappers compelled to address their generation’s future from the confines of a Cuban ghetto. Soandry, Magyori, and Mikki are the defacto leaders of Cuba’s rebellious underground hip hop movement. Possessing the undeniable talent and charisma of pop icons, these fearless performers push self-expression to its sharpest, riskiest, and most triumphant point.


What does it mean to be Cuban?” Soandry is a member of Hermanos De Causa, one of Cuba's most respected underground hip hop bands. He breaks down this simple, yet convoluted question. The pages are a walk inside the mind of a young Cuban looking back in time, in order to understand his future. Along the way, we are introduced to rap collective, “El Cartel”, early party spots, scraps of poetry, graffiti, conversations on contemporary history, and pioneering characters central to Cuba's intellectual hip hop scene.


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