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Rolling Stone Picks Cuba-inspired ‘Patria y Vida’ Among 50 Best Songs of the Year

Artistas cubanos se congregan para enviar aliento a sus compatriotas en la isla: "Hay que seguir presionando"

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Patria y Vida, the anthem of those who want political change in Cuba, is one of the best 50 songs of 2021, according to the annual ranking made by Rolling Stone, which also includes tracks by Rauw Alejandro, Maluma, Aventura, Tainy, Bad Bunny and Julieta Venegas.

The song, which is interpreted by Yotuel Romero, Descemer Bueno, Maykel Osorbo, Eliécer “El Funky” Márquez and the duo Gente de Zona, is placed in the 30th position.

The single turns the slogan of the Cuban revolution “Patria o muerte” and accompanied the protests in favor of changes on the Caribbean island. The song also has two Latin Grammy Awards.

The piece highlights “the danger of making dissident art in Cuba, especially after Osorbo was jailed, where he has been held since May,” the Rolling Stone noted. In its ranking of the year’s highlights, the publication includes other Latin artists such as Rauw Alejandro, who is in position 8 thanks to Todo De Ti, a song that, with its sounds that refer to the “new wave” of the ’80s and escape from the mainstream in Latin music, “unexpectedly became a huge worldwide hit.”

At position 22 appears Lo Siento BB:/, by Tainy along with Bad Bunny and Julieta Venegas, “a cleverly unexpected collaboration that is bold and forward-looking without losing its tender and painful center,” the publication noted.

Rumba (Puro Oro Anthem), that “ode” to Colombian Maluma’s “rumba loca,” placed 33rd, while in the 35th spot are bachata group Aventura and Puerto Rican Bad Bunny with Volví, a track that left many dreaming of “a second part of the collaboration,” as the publication said.

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