At the news of Fidel Castro’s death, singer-songwriter Silvio Rodríguez posted a blog post that said simply, “ETERNAL GLORY FOR FIDEL.” Rodríguez, the artist who is most closely identified with the Cuban Revolution around the world, is one of many who has honored the Revolution and the man who came to power in 1959. Here are seven musical tributes to Fidel Castro varying in style from folk, Afro-Cuban, salsa and rap, and recorded, variously, from the ’60s to this year.
“Un Hombre Que Sueña”
Cuban salsa artists including Arnaldo Rodríguez, Mayito Rivera, Laritza Bacallao, Waldo Mendoza, Lena de la Torre and Dayany Gutiérrez participated in this tribute to Fidel in honor of his 90th birthday earlier this year.
Carlos Puebla, “Y En Eso Llegó Fidel” (“And So Fidel Arrived”)
Political folk singer and political activist Carlos Puebla is best known for his song for Che Guevara, “Hasta Siempre, Comandante.” Among his many Revolutionary songs are several tributes to Fidel.
Baby Lores, “Creo (El Comandante Fidel Castro) (“I Believe” (The Commander Fidel Castro)”
The Cuban rapper, who inked a tattoo of Castro on his shoulder, saluted the late comandante en jefe with this song.
Celina Gonzalez y Reutilio, “Que Viva Fidel” (“Long Live Fidel”)
Renowned folkloric singer Celina Gonzalez reworked her best known song, “Que viva Chango,” a tribute to a santeria deity, to honor Castro.
Silvio Rodriguez, “La Canción del Elejido
One of Rodriguez’s most moving tributes to the Revolution.
Sara Gonzalez, “El Programa de Moncada”
Folk singer Sara Gonzalez wrote this song adapted from words written by Castro.
Carlos Puebla, “Gracias Fidel”