Puños Arriba Awards Ceremony Shut Down

6 Apr

[Gracias a Emetrece Productions…English below]

El sábado pasado, en el Teatro Rivera en la ciudad de La Habana se realizó la ceremonia de premiación Puños Arriba, producido localmente por el grupo Matraka. Contó con espectáculos de Anónimo Consejo, Silvito el Libre, Cuentas Claras, Raudel de Escuadrón Patriota, Soldier Squad, Maikel Xtremo, y muchos más. Pero antes que pudieran entregar los últimos premios y las presentaciones de clausura se mandó a parar el show. La única justificación ofrecida al público del evento fue que se tenía que parar el espectáculo por “presiones.” Quedaban las entregas para las categorías ‘disco mas popular’ y ‘disco del año’ – sus recipientes eran Los Aldeanos. El cierre climático del evento programado con una presentación de ‘El rap es guerra’ por Los Aldeanos feat. Papá Humbertico, El Discípulo y Anderson – nunca se dejó llegar a realizar.

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Puños Arriba 2009 the first national Cuban hip-hop awards ceremony produced locally by Matraka, took place last Saturday at the Rivera Theater in Havana. The show included performances by Anónimo Consejo, Silvito el Libre, Cuentas Claras, Raudel de Escuadrón Patriota, Soldier Squad, Maikel Xtremo and many more. However, before the show’s final appearances and with awards pending to be distributed, the entire event was shut down. The only justification given to the audiences was that the event had to stop due to “pressure.” The awards left to be announced included Most Popular CD and Album of the Year, both of which were intended for Los Aldeanos. The climactic ending of the show programmed to include a performance by Los Aldeanos featuring Papá Humbertico El Discípulo and Anderson of their song ‘El rap es guerra’ (Rap is War) was unfortunately never realized.

Premios ”Puños Arriba” (Las Premiaciones del Rap Cubano/Cuban Rap Awards)
Ganadores/Winners:
Canción Beef – “Koniek de Maikel Xtremo feat. El Aldeano
Canción Social – Cuba Escuchame de El Aldeano feat. Danay
Canción al Amor – Princesa Africana de Papá Humbertico
Disco más Popular – Dr Jekill y Mr Hyde
Mejor Featuring – “Y yo lo se” de Maikel Xtremo
Mejor Beat – Yimi Koncalze
Mejor Intro – El Atropello (Los Aldeanos)
Mejor Grabación – Miseria Humana de El Aldeanos (ingeniería: Papá Humbertico)
Mejor Video Clip – “El rap es Guerra” de Papá Humbertico
Mejor ‘Making of’ – Maikel Xtremo
Mejor Cover CD – Yimi Konclaze
Album del Año – El Atropello de Los Aldeanos

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2 Responses to “Puños Arriba Awards Ceremony Shut Down”

  1. J April 7, 2009 at 8:51 pm #

    Who would have a problem with it?

  2. Project Bassline April 9, 2009 at 8:53 am #

    Good question…
    Here’s what I know: Cuba actually has a national rap agency, but this awards ceremony was done independent of that. This was for Cuba’s underground scene…a scene that includes artists who are openly critical of the Cuban government. (I know one artist in particular, El B from the group Los Aldeanos, won the national Red Bull freestyle battle in Cuba 2 years in a row, but was denied permission to leave Cuba to compete in the international final.)

    It’s still unclear why this awards ceremony was shut down. Someone from Cuba has communicated: “The producers of the event only told us they had to stop the event due to ‘pressures’ leaving unclear if these were institutional, govt, theatre, etc. But the ambiguity of the word describes the reality of what is known.”

    Yes, it sounds a bit cryptic, but I suppose that’s a reflection of the fact that it was written from inside Cuba.

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