Reggaeton, the unofficial soundtrack of post-Fidel era, encapsulates the paradox and ingenuity that is Cuba’s daily life. Though popular, Reggaeton remains in essence an underground movement; banned from state-run media outlets and recording studios, artists lay tracks in basements and promote material through a country-wide system of digital file sharing known as El Paquete. 

Piracy is legal in Cuba and artists make nothing in sales. They tour the countryside on out-of-pocket cash and fueled by the dedication of young fans.

Concerts are reliably packed, brimming with the energy of a new generation.   

The genre's persistence despite all odds is a zeitgeist for this moment in Cuba, on the brink of opening to the U.S. and the world.


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