Cuba is a destination of head-scratching contradictions and mind-bending experiences. Two different currencies mark local palms out from foreign ones. Eye-wateringly long queues for Wifi cards the only way to access the internet twist through every town and city. Half-century-old cars ferry new, shiny tourists around mysterious, deserted roads. Houses with crumbling facades disguise a thriving hotbed of activity within; smoking, salsa and Spanish spill out the window and snake into the ears of passers-by in the street. Cuba calls all travellers by name and each one who visits will find something different hidden behind its now slowly-melting mask. But also a little insight into why Cuba, to this day, remains my favourite country in the entire world…. Cuban culture is open and warm, so get out there and talk to the people to understand how the country really works. So with an open mind and a little Spanish, I was quickly able to make friends. I smoked real Cuban cigars, drank authentic Cuban rum, conversed in Spanish and snapped the kind of photos I never would have access to had I not taken a chance and got talking to people.
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The signal may have been weak, but the message and influence were strong. Afro-Cubans in Alamar gathered to listen to the few hip-hop stations that they could pick up from America using makeshift antennas. Although hip-hop was created in the U. They fused American hip-hop flavor with a bowl of ajiaco criollo Cuban creole stew to create their own Cuban hip-hop flavor. It was then that Cuban hip-hop was born. Hip-hop has long represented resistance and struggle. The rhythm of hip-hop is undeniable, and the purpose is one of politics, power, and freedom.
Earlier this month, the Trump administration announced new travel restrictions banning passenger and recreational vehicles, including cruise ships and private aircraft, from traveling to Cuba. The ban also eliminates the popular people-to-people educational tours that have allowed US citizens to travel to Cuba under loose terms. This policy further backs legislation introduced in April that tightened the trade embargo and placed a limit on remittances that Americans can send to family members in Cuba. While Americans will still be able to travel to Cuba for family visits, journalism, educational activities, humanitarian projects and various other government approved activities, they will no longer be able to enjoy a five-night Carnival Caribbean cruise from Miami to Havana. While the restrictions were created to target the Cuban government, an important question to ask is: Will the travel restrictions have a more damaging impact on the Cuban government or the Cuban people? The Cuban economy grew 4 percent after democratic ties were renewed under the Obama administration, which helped to promote Cuban entrepreneurship.
Afro-Cubans are Cubans who mostly have West African ancestry. The term Afro-Cuban can also refer to historical or cultural elements in Cuba thought to emanate from this community, and the combining of native African and other cultural elements found in Cuban society such as race , religion , music, language , the arts and class culture. According to a national census which surveyed Although Afro-Cubans can be found throughout Cuba, Eastern Cuba has a higher concentration of Afro-Cubans than other parts of the island and Havana has the largest population of Afro-Cubans of any city in Cuba. Also, immigrants from Jamaica and Haiti have been settling in Cuba, most of whom settle in the eastern part of the island, due to its proximity to their home countries, further contributing to the already high percentage of blacks on that side of the island. The percentage of Afro-Cubans on the island increased after the Cuban revolution led by Fidel Castro due to mass migration from the island of the largely white Cuban professional class. Only a few of them resided in nearby Spanish-speaking country of Dominican Republic and the U. African Countries such as Nigeria , the home of the Yoruba and Igbo cultures, and Equatorial Guinea experienced an influx of ex-slaves from Cuba brought there as indentured servants during the 17th century, and again during the 19th century.