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The dark side of Cuban Hip Hop.
The plan of the US Agency for International Development was seeking the same purposes as the frustrated ZunZuneo network and its Latin American travellers contractors: to enlist youth to promote a movement against the Cuban government, “no matter putting in danger those it had recruited “says an investigation by the news agency Associated Press (AP).
The documents obtained by the AP show that for more than two years, USAID secretly infiltrated the Hip Hop movement on the island and recruited several rap musicians without their consent for this subversive purpose.
The terms for explaining the operation were also repeated: “break the information blockade” and create a network of young people who seek a “social change”.
The AP is scathing in its assessment: “But the operation was executed with little professionalism and failed miserably.”
“Any claim that our work is secret or hidden is simply false,” said USAID in a statement Wednesday.
The revelations have taken up space in major US and European media, reports PL.
The program again manipulated people who were unaware of being part of a subversive project of USAID, and the AP considers that it ended up hurting the active Hip Hop community on the island.
Other analysts weigh up that some of its members were turned into instruments against national stability, so ended up leaving the country, or failing to present their shows with lyrics that offended the authorities.
In this new anti-Cuban monster also reiterated the name of its executors: The program was conceived and designed in documents involving the firm Creative Associates International of Washington DC, who paid millions of dollars to various contractors to undermine the government of Cuba with this and other programs.
This new unveiling again reveals the use by US ruling circles of different costumes in its persistent aggression against Cuba, now with more subtle but equally subversive, illegal and dangerous ways.
This is the same modus operandi used recently against the governments of Ukraine and Venezuela, with the use of methods of unconventional warfare printed in Training Circular 18-01 of the US Army, which was recently referred to by Cuban President Raul Castro.
Once again, the enemies are aiming at our youth.
Music with subversive messages
This time the contractor was the Serbian citizen Rajko Bozic and his project was inspired by a series of protest concerts and an annual music festival called Exit, which were part of the student movement in his country and contributed overthrow of former President Slobodan Milosevic in 2000.
In Cuba, the mission of the contractors was to recruit dozens of musicians for projects disguised as cultural, but was actually intended to give visibility to these artists and encourage their fans to defy the Government of the Island, AP adds.
Bozic, the USAID agent in this case, quickly focused on Los Aldeanos, a hip hop group, says AP that was “frustrated by official pressure and highly respected by the Cuban youth for its hard and direct lyrics.”
Of course there was funding, and Creative Associates used a front company in Panama and a bank in Liechtenstein to hide the traces of shipments of cash to Cuba, where hundreds of thousands of dollars went to fund a TV program with the hip hop group, which was distributed on DVD.
AP notes that when Juanes, the Colombian rock star, announced that he would give a concert in the heart of Havana in September 2009, the managers of Creative Associates held a strategy meeting for two days to see how to convince the famed musician to let them act in their presentation. This never happened, but Juanes publicly thanked the band after their concert and took a picture with them.
The contractor Xavier Utset, who ran the program for Creative Associates from his office in Costa Rica, told his colleagues that they were concerned after the leader of the band’s computer was seized, fearing it had compromising information.
According to research by AP, the USAID contractors also tried to get involved in the Exit concert with other prominent artists, and Creative paid $ 15,000 to fund a new local music festival with the secret aim of sowing ” new ideas in the minds of the festival organizers” and persuade them to send their audience “high-impact messages,” says a report quoted by AP.
Bozic was arrested on arrival in Havana with computer equipment, like a memory unit containing potentially incriminating information, which generated anxiety among the contractors.
AP adds that according to the documents, the producer and presenter Adrian Monzón was the only Cuban on the island known to have worked in the program of infiltration of hip hop for Creative. State Security agents interrogated Monzón and it is known that he told those in charge of USAID that the Cuban authorities were concerned about Bozic and suspected he had ties to the CIA.
Four months later, the group left Cuba on its first trip outside the Island to perform at the Exit music festival in Serbia. They received leadership training in order to ‘focus them a little better on their role as agents of social mobilization,” wrote Utset, a veteran in “these initiatives in Cuba.” However, they ended up moving to Tampa, Florida, and now their lyrics are less radical, says AP in the extensive report in which worked its correspondents in Washington, Belgrade, Miami and Havana.
Monzón, whose code name in the reports of Utset was Amish-, was arrested again on returning to Havana in April 2011 and his computer and a memory unit were confiscated. When they were returned, he found that the names of two Creative managers were in a document. He now lives in Miami and works at a Papa John’s.
The “cultural promoter,” Serbian Bozic is working on projects in Tunisia, the Ukraine, Lebanon and Zimbabwe.
Xavier Utset, the organizer of ZunZuneo, the traveling recruiters and the hip hop festivals-all against Cuba, does not now work in Creative, he is in the US federal agency that he spawned: USAID.
By Juventud Rebelde