March 17, 2006

Charlize Theron loves Cuban Hip Hop

Here's a cool documentary called "East of Havana" that might be worth checking out. From comes the scoop:

"East of Havana" details the life of three aspiring rappers in Cuba. The story also shows how the artists handle poverty and attempt to rise amidst a heavily politicized music industry. Theron put her own money up to finance Havana

From the South by Southwestt (SxSW) festival here is the synopsis:

East of Havana is an unflinching close-up on the lives and friendship of three young rappers compelled to address their generation's future from the confines of a Cuban ghetto. Soandry, Magyori, and Mikki possess the undeniable talent and charisma of pop icons; but within Cuba's fearless and rebellious undergound movement, they are also the defacto leaders, creating music whose cross-pollination of early American rap and Latin influences brings self-expression to its sharpest, riskiest, and most triumphant point.

From what I've personally heard, Fidel Castro's government has a department specifically to monitor Hip Hop music and to set up concerts for Cuban artists. Here's the catch, you can't talk shit about Castro's revolution.

So much for free speech, huh?

Stay tuned for this documentary, I know when I get my hands on it I'll probably drop a quick review.

Props to Charlize Theron (one of the sexiest women on the planet) for funding this documentary on Hip Hop.

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