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The Puños Arriba (Raised Fists) awards, which recognize the best productions in Cuban rap, were presented under the shadow of clandestinity. The 6th edition went almost unnoticed, with no promotion whatsoever outside the trade. The event took place in a private locale in the Santa Fe area, west of Havana, and only guests attended.

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Underground Fists

The Puños Arriba (Raised Fists) awards, which recognize the best productions in Cuban rap, were presented under the shadow of clandestinity. The 6th edition went almost unnoticed, with no promotion whatsoever outside the trade. The event took place in a private locale in the Santa Fe area, west of Havana, and only guests attended.

‘We would have liked to raise our fists in a place which corresponded with the magnitude and the impact that this event once had’, said Soandry del Río, head of the organizing committee, ‘but the Government left us no choice.’

In spite of the little dissemination given to the competition’s announcement, more than thirty records were entered.

The biggest prizewinners in this edition were Maykel Osokbo & El Funky, with their record Lo más duro, which received the swIntro, Featuring and Love Song awards.

Papagoza received awards in the Documentary, Social Content and Record of the Year categories for his album Egbó.

Nuestro, by Sekuo Umoja, obtained the Audiovisual and Recording prizes, while Antes que te lo prohíban, by Kamankola, received awards for Design and Experimental Hip Hop.

In the Spoken Word category, the award went to África for his record Tres puntos suspensivos. In Lyrical Skill, Carlitos P and P won for Blue flow. Mandy, with his Caminos contrarios, took the prize in the New Artist category.

Mentions went to Carlitos P and P in Featuring, Papagoza in Spoken Word and Con100cia in Social Content.

Since the 5th edition, in December 2013, the pro-government Agencia Cubana del Rap withdrew its co-sponsorship of the event. In response, musicians and activists of the Cuban rap movement carried out a demonstration in front of the offices of the Cuban Music Institute on December 10 of the same year.

In a statement made after that incident, which was also signed by the independent record company Matraka, the organizing committee stated that Puños Arriba would no longer be ‘an independent event’, but ‘the only completely independent national festival.’

 

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