After being successful with the Orishas group, Yotuel Romero He decided to move on. Half alone, since his songs, alongside artists like Beatrice Luengo -his wife-, Original Elías or Omar Montes are authentic successes that transcend the urban movement itself, of which he is considered a true leader. With the multi-faceted artist, we talked, without filters, about everything: music, television, love and, of course, politics, since, thanks to his songs and his activism, he became the voice of the Cuban people outside the country.
what matters Lambo in Varadero?It is an ode to prosperity. East Single It is a metaphor for the desire that all Cubans have to dream from the island. Shout from the rooftops that we want a free Cuba. Lambo in Varadero It’s free Cuba.
Precisely, reading the comments of the video clip, the word that comes up the most is freedom.People need to think that what comes after this hell we’ve been through is something beautiful, because you can’t fall any lower, you can’t be more destroyed. What he touches is the end of the dictatorship and that Cuba is reborn. From this destruction will be reborn a beautiful island, this pearl of the Caribbean will shine again and be reborn like the Phoenix, as the song says.
“‘Patria y vida’ is my masterpiece. It completely changed my life. Not only me, but also all Cubans around the world”
Do you think that end is near?We are not near the end, but near the beginning.
They also say that after homeland and life, it’s a new anthem. What do you need to create them?For a long time I made songs that connect a lot with the Cuban people. Now the internet makes the songs much more direct, but the historic moment that Cuba is living is also important. Lambo in Varadero there homeland and life These are songs that have deeply penetrated the feelings of Cubans and made them change.
“I arrived in this country in 2000 doing what was done in Cuba, and they asked me: ‘what is this?’ And now everybody’s making this music”
Is your career a before and after since homeland and life?It’s my masterpiece. Of course, it completely changed my life. Not only to me, but also to all Cubans around the world. I feel that with homeland and life we managed to create a song that would become the motto of the future Cuba, of what Cubans would like to have in their future Cuba: homeland and life.
Do you feel like a reference for the Cuban people?No. I hate leadership, so I just feel like one of the others. I try to cooperate with what I can and what I have, which is my music and my impact.
What powerful weapon music, isn’t it? You know it well.It is. For me, music is power.
“‘Contando moles’, by Don Patricio, which is a bad copy of Orishas, it’s the same thing we used to do, but badly done”
And you use it like that?Sure. I use this musical power for and for all those who cannot do it, I speak for those who cannot. My music reflects what I feel, but also what many people feel. All artists are able to capture sensibilities that we transform into songs. This is why artists transcend so much. If you look closely, they don’t just make films about the lives of actors, for example, but about the lives of thousands of artists such as musicians, painters…
Long live the urban genre, of which you are a reference?What are you going to tell me, who arrived in this country in 2000 doing what was done in Cuba, and they asked me: ‘what is this?’ And now everyone is making this music. I believe the Orishas were visionaries, we were 20 years ahead of the music. count the molesby Don Patricio, which is a bad copy of Orishas, it’s the same thing we used to do, but badly done.
“Many ‘realities’ call me, but it is important to know how to choose. In this job, the most difficult thing is not to say yes, but to say no”
Do you think a lot of people have jumped on the bandwagon?Sure. Listen, C. Tangana, whom I really like, told me that he lived our music and sucked many Orishas. I love that artists of his stature have been influenced for my music For me, it’s a blessing.
Actor, composer, producer, model… Do you have anything left to do?You missed one: cook! (Laughs). I’m a jack-of-all-trades and a graduate of nothing (laughs). I like the fact of betting on life, of creating, of not being afraid and of launching.
“When I appeared on television in Spain, twenty years ago, I was the only black person there was”
Along with the chef, he refers to ‘MasterChef Celebrity’. Have you been tempted by other TV shows?They call me a lot realities, but it is important to know how to choose. In this job, the most difficult thing is not to say yes, but to say no. Because they tempt you! But since money has never moved me, I have the ability to choose and do what I truly love. Sometimes they don’t pay me anything, but that’s what I like.
It has a lot to do with some of his collaborations, where he supports emerging artists.You must be human. There are a lot of artists who believe in things, and I can understand that, but I’m from the street, from the city. Many people tell me that I speak with confidence… (He thinks) My security is God.
“I felt more racism in Cuba than in Spain, because racism is not where you feel it, but where it hurts the most”
You and Beatriz Luengo are one of the most respected and successful artistic couples. What is your secret?Admiration is the axis of magic. Apart from taste, love, passion and all that must be, admiration is what lasts a lifetime. The secret of a couple that lasts a long time is that they admire each other.
Do you think that, in your case, the general public now puts a face on the artist? Or at least now more than before?When I appeared on television in Spain twenty years ago, I was the only black person there. I swear I go anywhere in this country and they recognize me, because when you’re a fly in a glass of milk it’s very easy to say, ‘this is where it’s going’ (laughs).
Singer and actor. Cuba. 45 years old.
A voluntary Cuban expatriate who lives between Miami and Madrid, he began his career as a musician at a very young age in the Caribbean country. His first band was Menace. Later, he was the leader of the urban music group Orishas, with whom he released five albums. Alone, he released ‘Patria y vida’, converted into an anthem and winner of a Latin Grammy for the best song of 2021. On television, he is known for ‘Un Paso Adelante’ and ‘MasterChef’.
And in this Spain have you experienced an episode of racism?Certainly not. I felt more racism in Cuba than in Spain, because racism is not where you feel it, but where it hurts you the most. And feeling the racism in my country, with my people, with my blacks, is what hurts the most. Not here. Here, in 2000, I sometimes had a promotion with One step forward in towns where they had never seen a black man. But I got them! When I came on the show, the first thing they told me was to see how my character worked. And it exploded! Then, I realized that not only did it help me, but also that all my people, Latinos, blacks, mestizos…, had a leading role. It was a victory for me, it was my step forward.