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Cuba is not a springboard for vulgar music expressions, says broadcast media executive
Published on December 14, 2012 Email To Friend    Print Version

HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The president of the Cuban Radio and Television Institute (ICRT), Danilo Sirio Lopez said that his institution will fight the spread of music with vulgar, rude, coarse expressions, which undermine or insult the feminine image.

The executive reported on the weaknesses of Cuban radio and TV programming to deputies gathered at Havana’s Convention Center.

The promotion of interpreters and songwriters who contribute to such incorrect attitudes distorts the musical preferences of the people and therefore, the ICRT and the Cuban Music Institute must promote the best of the national repertoire by giving space to the music talent existing in the country, said the executive.

The statements by the government official is in tune with the country’s music policy and against current trends in certain music genres that promote music marked by lyrics loaded with vulgar words and insulting messages towards women, which reveal lack of artistic culture and values.

In a recent interview with Granma newspaper, the president of the Cuban Music Institute, Orlando Vistel Columbie, described such lyrics as aggressive, obscene and sexually explicit; those songs depict the Cuban women as sexual objects, and they are accompanied by gestures that make them even more grotesque, he said.

Asked if this had to do particularly with the genre known as Reggaeton, Columbie explained that the vulgar and mediocre expressions appear in other music genres as well, and that it is not a matter of focusing on a specific genre, though the phenomenon is especially expressed in reggaeton tunes.

The ICRT report to the parliamentarians also revealed lack of programs designed for the youths and adolescents, problems in the production of dramatized shows, the bad design of some shows and the urgent need for programs involving critique and debate.

The coverage of sports events was considered as significant, though an increase of spaces covering a varied array of sports disciplines is in consideration.

As to the news programming, the deputies called for more professionalism, including investigative journalism, the rapid broadcast of the news, bearing in mind the current technological development, and the need to better mirror Cuban reality.

The parliamentarians called for a re-evaluation of the time assigned to local TV stations in the provinces and the possibility to increase environment-oriented and scientific programs.
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