Maykel Osorbo

Maykel Osorbo
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Maykel Castillo Pérez, better known as “El Osorbo” or Maykel Obsorbo, is a Cuban protest rapper born in Havana on August 20, 1983. Of humble origins and self-taught training, Obsorbo is along with Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara one of the leaders of San Isidro Movement (MSI) in Cuba and one of the most important faces in the fight that more and more young Cuban activists are waging against the island's regime. 

In 2015, Maykel was imprisoned for his controversial song Por ti Señor, in which he accused Fidel Castro of being responsible for the evils and precarious situation in which the Cuban people found themselves. 'Because of you sir, injustice exists, because of you sir my people feel sad, you were the one who promised things that you did not keep'

On September 25, 2018, after giving a concert at La Madriguera (headquarters of the Hermanos Saiz Association of Havana) in which, along with other artists, he spoke out against Decree 349, Maykel was arrested at his home. In March 2019, he was brought to trial and sentenced to a year and a half in prison (six months more than the prosecutor's request), for the alleged crime of attacking a police officer. Maykel left in December of that same year.

Since that moment, his tireless work as an activist has left him with a string of arrests, police abuse, and harassment by State Security agencies of his friends and family, and he has suffered personally. the mistreatment and attacks by Cuban police officers.

In August 2020 he made the news for sewing his mouth as a sign of protest against the constant harassment and repression to which he was subjected.

On November 18, 2020, he went on a hunger and thirst strike with Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara. inside the headquarters of the San Isidro Movement, when State Security agents cut off their food supply and took the food and money from the neighbor who helped them. The writer also later joined the strike. Katherine Bisquet Rodríguez, Iliana Hernandez, the activist Esteban Rodriguez and the self-employed worker Osmani Pardo.

Alcántara and Obsorbo presented a deteriorating state of health. The main demand of the strikers was the release of Denis Solís, also a member of the San Isidro Movement.

In December 2020 Maykel was part of the collaboration between popular Cuban groups Orishas and Local People who recorded the song oja Pase with him and Funky. 

Obsorbo and Funky have also joined their voices on issues such as “DIAZCARAO” in which he attacks the management of Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel and the entire clique that heads the Cuban government and on “ What are they going to talk to me about?” in which they ask for freedom for Cuba and vindicate their fight for democracy and human rights.

His latest song with Funky, El Aletazo de Alpidio, was released following the events of November 27 in which the Minister of Culture Alpidio Alonso used violence against protesters gathered in front of the Ministry of Culture to demand the release of several artists. and detained activists.

On February 5, 2021, together with Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, after having circumvented the surveillance to which they were subjected in their respective neighborhoods, they arrived at the Havana Capitol to demand the resignation of the Minister of Culture, Alpidio Alonso.

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