Rapper El Osorbo begins a hunger and thirst strike in a Cuban jail
Cuban rapper Maykel Osorbo, “El Osorbo”, who has been imprisoned in Cuba since last May and is nominated for the Latin Grammy Awards along with the other artists of the song “Patria y Vida”, started a hunger and thirst strike, they reported. Miami media.
Another rapper and participant in “Patria y Vida”, Eliecer Márquez Duany, known as “El Funky”, confirmed this Wednesday to Radio Televisión Martí that “El Osorbo” is “planted to ask for his freedom.”
“We know his way of thinking and his way of acting and if he did that it is because he is doing it for real,” stressed “El Funky”.
Previously Anamely Ramos, artistic curator and partner of “El Osorbo”, had reported on Facebook that the rapper had started a hunger and thirst strike, according to other inmates of the Kilo 5 and a half prison in Pinar del Río.
“They have taken care of him all this time and when they shouted Patria y Vida when they found out about the Latin Grammy nomination, they felt that their hope resurfaced beyond the imprisoned body, “ the activist wrote.
According to Ramos, he was able to learn from other inmates that “El Osorbo” is in a punishment cell since an audio message he recorded in prison was released on the networks.
In that message, the artist and activist had denounced the low possibility of having a fair trial.
“I am a political prisoner, yes, I am a prisoner of conscience, yes, and I am imprisoned in Cuba for a song that inspired a people,” stressed the member of the San Isidro Movement in that audio.
As a protest, Ramos invited his followers to place in their profile photos of the networks an image with the rapper’s face accompanied by a message of why they want him released.
“It can be simple, the important thing is that it is sincere. The important thing is that the dictatorship knows that we want it ALIVE and FREE,” he said.
Cuban singer Yotuel Romero, another artist from “Patria y Vida”, launched a campaign this month on social networks to get rappers El Osorbo and El Funky to attend the Latin Grammy awards gala.
“Patria y Vida”, the “anthem” of the protests that broke out in Cuba on July 11, is nominated in two categories: best song and best urban song.
The other artists on the project are Alexander Delgado and Randy Malcolm, members of the duo Gente de Zona, and Descemer Bueno.
The song calls for changes in Cuba and in its chorus, it tells the regime: “It’s over.”
You end his message on Instagram with a request: “Help me my people with this hashtag #maykelyfunkylatingrammy if among all free Cubans we help each other ???? Another rooster ?? would sing ???”.
The gala of the Latin Grammy, awards granted by the Latin Recording Academy, will be held on November 18 in Las Vegas.