Cuban Rapper El B 'Starts Over' After USAID Controversy on New Single
Rapper El B of Cuban duo Los Aldeanos made international headlines in late 2014 when the Associated Press published a report alleging the group’s involvement in a U.S. government plot to spark a dissident youth movement on the island.
Now, just after the U.S. Embassy opened in Havana, symbolizing a new era in U.S.-Cuba relations, El B is back with a tough, contemplative and ultimately motivational new single that urges listeners to “turn your life around” and “start over.” “Comienza de Nuevo” is the first track from El B’s upcoming album, Luz, due at the end of the year. He’ll present the single at Miami’s Blackbird Ordinary bar.
El B left Cuba for South Florida last year. The USAID controversy topped off a series of troublesome events for the rapper, including being disqualified from a Red Bull rap competition when he could not get an exit visa to leave Cuba in time to attend.
"'Comienza de nuevo' invites us to find within ourselves the strength to keep on going faced with the difficult moments we experience,” reads the description of the video on YouTube, which was posted yesterday (Aug. 20). “It proposes starting again before when dealing with any negative situation that life deals us.”
Los Aldeanos, known as leaders of the Cuban rap scene, have recorded over 20 albums. Luz will be El B’s sixth record as a solo artist.