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Cuba Removes Artists Such as Celia Cruz and Gloria Estefan From the Blacklist

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The latest from Yoani Sánchez’s blog in The Huffington Post

From now on Celia Cruz, Bebo Valdes and Willy Chirino can be heard on the radio in Cuba. For decades more than fifty artists critical of the regime have been censored from television and radio programming. But this week several foreign media, such as the BBC, have leaked that the so-called “black list” has been set aside.

An inventory of prohibited names was never made public, nor has the list’s elimination been officially announced. The information has come to light through several workers in broadcasting, although no national listener has yet heard the cry of “Sugar!” — launched by the Queen of Son — emerge from their radio.

In addition to the already deceased Celia Cruz, many other artists have been banned for years and years. Among them are the bolero singer Olga Guillot, the saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera, and pianist…

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