Karel García, from the Cuban Trova, comes to Puebla in solidarity concert

In times of exacerbated individualism, can a song awaken the spirit of solidaritymove people to do something for those who are having a hard time…?

Karel Garcia, Cuban composer and performerfrom the third generation of the Nueva Trova, thinks so and has also proven it.

It is part of the Art vs Boqueo project whose objective is to offer their music to contribute to the annulment of the “unjust, illegal and inhumane blockade” that has been maintained for more than six decades by the United States on the Caribbean Island.

For this purpose, he undertook a “Latin American tour of solidarity with Cuba” through which medicines and medical supplies are collected to alleviate the deficiencies that the blockade and the covid pandemic exacerbated.

Karel García is in Mexico as part of that tour and it will be presented in concert in the city of Puebla on September 24, at the Teatro de la Ciudad, as it has already been done in cities such as Morelia, Celaya, León, Querétaro and Ciudad Victoria.

The origin of the project

Karel García explains in an interview for The Citizen Mexico that the origin of the project Art vs Blocking “it is a personal idea of ​​many” emerged during the pandemicwhen the conditions of the blockade were tightened, mainly in medicines.

He says that in those circumstances it occurred to them to propose their art and get as much help as possible to get medical suppliesmainly.

The 51-year-old singer-songwriter, born in Havanapoints out that despite the attacks of the system, solidarity is an expression of humanity that remains in force, contrary to the dominant ideas that emphasize the success of the individual over the collective interest.

He highlights that in the project they work so that the song encourages the good things of each person: “We do not confront anyonewe are making a song that unites, that generates community and brotherhood.”

Laziness invades the author’s song

From your point of view, trova and music in general currently suffer from a decline in quality due to the lack of a market and an audience like the one the founders of that movement had.

He describes this current mood of creators as “a well of laziness” that makes them think: “why do I do this if it doesn’t go anywhere, if nobody hears this…”. It is a defeatist mentality; It is the moment that the author’s song lives not only in Cuba, but on the planet, he stressed.

But Karel García is not a pessimist, so he stated that we must continue working, “believing in the sensitivity of the people; with poetry -which is the tool we have at hand- and respecting the brain of others, the ear of others with the highest possible quality and the greatest dedication and sincerity when composing, when making songs”.

The Cuban singer-songwriter elaborated on this point and locates his own creative work as a blend of Cuban and Latin rhythms, with a definitive emphasis “on the lyrics, which are based, supported by poetry, metaphor”, to tell stories in a genre that he likes to call “thought-dance music”.

And that is what the concert that he will offer at the Theater of the City, in Puebla capital, on September 24 starting at 6 pm.

The blockade hides the positive things in Cuba

The presentation, as already noted, is part of the “Latin American tour of solidarity with Cuba”in turn an expression of the project Art vs. Blockade, which is headed by Karl Garcia, who highlights the inclusive nature and binding spirit of this initiative

He reported that Sectors from universities such as UNAM, UAM and Tec de Monterrey have joined Art vs. Blockade and that this collaboration contributes to contact with young people who, although they may not be aware of the blockade and the struggle of more than 60 years between Cuba and the United States, can identify with a creative exercise – the song, in this case – that speaks of the everyday , which criticizes everyday life and raises the idea of ​​making things better.

Karel Garcia admits that “the rights” in the world have done a “commendable job” so that the positive things that happen in Cuba are ignored, such as having produced five types of vaccine against covid-19.

As the owners of the media impose their version of reality, youth is away from what really happens “That is why we want this story to be known, the reality of the Cuban people and that Cuba has been very supportive of many countries and that they return that to us and support us now is very satisfying.”

Donate medicine, listen to music and show solidarity

Art vs blocking has already gained ground. Karel García tells that a first donation of medicines for more than 32 thousand dollars is about to be sent to his country, as a result of his concerts in Morelia and Ciudad Victoria, as well as Querétaro, Celaya, León and Mexico City.

Any medicine that is not expired is welcome, says Garcia: “antibiotics are the priority, but if they can’t donate amoxixilin and they can take acetylsalicylic acid, it’s very good”.

Donations can be taken the same day of the concert at the City Theatrenext September 24 at 6:00 p.m., or in Zumaya, bookstore and cultural center, on Calle 3 sur 710, or at the University Cultural Complex, of the BUAP, in Via Atlixcayotl 2299.

Photo: José Gutmat/ facebook

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Karel García, from the Cuban Trova, comes to Puebla in solidarity concert