After a wait of more than half a century, the day for the Cuban exile residents of Miami's Little Havana to dance in the streets has arrived.
Cuban-American artist Pitbull foreshadowed the news of Fidel Castro's death in 2006 with his song "Ya Se Acabo" ("It's Over Now," and Miami Cuban salsero Willy Chirino built a career performing danceable songs that scourged Castro and his regime. After her arrival in Miami in 1993, Albita Rodriguez was moved by her rough assimilation into the exile community to write one of the best Cuban anthems ever.
Artists in Cuba, like rock group Porno Para Ricardo, risked jail to criticize Castro. Other Cuban artists, like Los Van Van, talked about the regime in more cryptic terms. Listen below.
Pitbull, "Ya Se Acabo"
Willy Chirino, "Nuestro Dia (Ya Viene Llegando)"
Maykel Osorbo, "Por ti Señor"
Porno Para Ricardo, "Comandante"
Los Van Van, "Que Le Den Candela"
Albita, "Que Culpa Tengo Yo"