Cuban singer says sanctioned for bold lyrics

September 16, 2013 • Entertainment

People attend a concert as part of events marking the 15th anniversary of the U.S. arrest of five Cuban agents in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. A Cuban singer’s unusually bold lyrics at the nationally televised concert are the talk of Havana. Robertico Carcasses performed at the concert, singing of his wish for more freedom of information, direct presidential elections and an end to a “self-blockade” in Cuba. (AP Photo/Cubadebate, Ismael Francisco)

HAVANA (AP) — A well-known Cuban singer said Monday he has been punished for going off message at a nationally televised concert last week, when he called for direct presidential elections and more freedom of information.

In a note published on the Facebook page of his jazz-fusion combo, Interactivo, Robertico Carcasses said he was summoned by the Culture Ministry the following day and told he was barred indefinitely from performing at state-run music venues.

“That is, by being opportunistic I had hurt myself Login to read more

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