According to an international investigation, Gabriel Abaroa, former president emeritus and executive director of the group that awards the music prizes, ‘would have been bribed with one million dollars to recognize the work as Song of the Year.’
Regarding an article published in the Granma newspaper, ‘such monetary delivery to Abaroa would be channeled through several offshore companies located in the British Virgin Islands’ and, with it, they intended to legitimize the content of Patria y Vida, whose invoice ‘disrupts essences, deceives in an unhealthy way, manipulates consciences and tries to split Cuban people up.’
Other publications and analysts, such as the Mexican Bendito coraje website, refer that ‘the journalistic investigation known as the Pandora Papers discovered payments from Atlas Network, the company behind the financing and promotion in social networks of the Patria y Vida song.’
The ceremony scheduled for November 18 will boost the song as part of the total politicization of an artistic event subordinated to the interests of the ultra-right in Miami and the US government, which incite ‘discouragement, discord and bloodshed among Cubans,’ the website referred.
Rapper Yotuel Romero, singer and composer Descemer Bueno, and the Gente de Zona group joined Maykel Osorbo to launch the piece, which serves as an instrument for the ongoing fourth-generation war, managed and financed from the cultural sphere that misrepresents the truth of the Cuban Revolution.