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ARRABIO At BNB Bowl NYC May 18, 2013

Check out ARRABIO at the 2013 Black n Blue Bowl in NYC.

Arrabio’s Solidarity Rock Canadian Tour (Time Off)

by Sam

23 days are such a short time when you are with your friends and everyone is trying to please you.

During our stance in Canada we had some free time to go and see places that we just had a pretty far idea how awesome should them be, once again our friends took care of everything and we had the best adventures ever….

And of course even during shows we were living an endless party…

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Arrabio’s Solidrity Rock Canadian Tour. (Abstract)

First delivery

By Sam

After months of planning, weeks of rush and days of stress on October 3rd, 2012, for the first time in history, a Cuban rock band flew outside the country to get involved in the adventure of touring in a foreign land.

For 23 days Arrabio,  a Cuban translator and myself traveled Canada getting in touch the state of art of international punk movement , having parties,  meeting old friends, knowing new ones, visiting the most amazing landscapes we ever have read about or saw on TV and, of course, the band performed 10 amazing shows with Canadian and Americans Bands, members were interviewed and participated in oral panel about DIY punk in Cuba….

For the musicians the tour was the opportunity for prove themselves as artists taking their music to a public very different from the one they are used to in Cuba, also the chance to fulfill one of the dreams of a generation, been on stage with Agnostic Front.

For me was the unique experience of seeing life with a new perspective thru my cam lens.

I’ll be uploading posts with sets of photos trying to give an idea thru images and few words of how the tour was for all of us.

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Tour Cuban Crew:

Daimel Cuervo (Bass and vocals in Arrabio)

Douglas Bravo (Guitar and back vocals in Arrabio)

William Garcia (Guitar in Arrabio)

Leodan Rodriguez (Drums in Arrabio)

Fernando Perera (Translator)

Samuel Reina (Photographer)


Dear Solidarity Rock friends, fans and supporters.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, ARRABIO were not able to secure their visas in order to leave Cuba and travel to Canada in time to make our scheduled tour opening show in Toronto this evening. Unfortunately, we have had to cancel our Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina and Saskatoon shows. Our understanding is that there is a chance they will finally receive the visas Monday or Tuesday, so that’s what we’re waiting for. We have rescheduled their flights to reflect this and are planning on going ahead with the Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver area shows, and making up as many dates as possible on the prairies, to end the tour in Winnipeg.

This being the first time a Cuban punk band has been this close to leaving Cuba to tour, we feel like it’s especially important to believe in the possibility that it will all just work itself out, and prepare for the best time possible. We will release a revised itinerary and further information in the coming days.

Stay tuned, and in the meantime, download ARRABIO’s Full Length Album at

Solidarity Rock                                         


ARRABIO hail from Trinidad, Cuba, the jewel of the nation’s Caribbean coast. The band has distilled its unique sound, carving their own spot in the international hardcore community after years in isolation. Whereas it was once illegal in Cuba to play or listen to rock n roll,

ARRABIO hail from Trinidad, Cuba, the jewel of the nation’s Caribbean coast. The band has distilled its unique sound, carving their own spot in the international hardcore community after years in isolation. Whereas it was once illegal in Cuba to play or listen to rock n roll, this 4-piece has been at the forefront of creating a DIY rock n roll revolution in Cuba, a country hungry for something new. The band includes members of the original punk rock bands that first formed in the centre of the country in the mid 90’s; including guitarist William Garcia, who is the co-founder of Solidarity Rock, an initative which works to create cultural exchange with Cuban and foreign rock bands. Through Solidarity Rock, ARRABIO has toured Cuba four times with bands from across Western Canada and the United States.

ARRABIO has been witness to many rock n roll firsts, including the first Canadian and American bands to tour their country. Now, they will become the first Cuban rock band to tour outside of Cuba, in support of their new album “Hecho En Trinidad”. The album was recorded in Trinidad, Cuba by Canadian recording engineer Jesse Gander.

ARRABIO are a fan favorite all across Cuba, known for their guitar driven live shows, engaging lyrics, and a burning intensity rarely seen on stage. ARRABIO are about to bring their voices to the world. A moment in Cuban history is coming soon to a dark room near you.

Listen to ARRABIO from Trinidad, Cuba. - Justicia y Pan

Here’s another track from Trinidad, Cuba’s ARRABIO off their forthcoming album “Hecho En Trinidad.”Recorded by Jesse Gander at Solidarity Studios in Trinidad, Cuba, July 2012.

Justicia y Pan

Tantos años han pasado
Una generación que no deja de sangrar
Necedad sin olvido
Un pueblo entero que no deja de soñar

Hoy seguimos esperando
Lo mismo que años atrás
Libertad para mi pueblo
Justicia y pan

Aún recuerdo allí sentados
En el parque central
Con algunos de mis amigos
Que hoy ya no están

Se han marchado a otros lados
Se cansaron de esperar
Lo que tanto añoramos
Justicia y pan

Y aquí seguimos soñando
Día a día
Y aquí seguimos
Con los ojos abiertos
Cada día.

Listen to ARRABIO from Trinidad, Cuba.

Here’s another track from Trinidad, Cuba’s ARRABIO off their forthcoming album “Hecho En Trinidad.”Recorded by Jesse Gander at Solidarity Studios in Trinidad, Cuba, July 2012.


Son mis calles
Es mi gente
Orgullo de ser y estar

Sus olores
Sus colores
Orgullo de ser y estar

Orgullo de ser de Trinidad
Orgullo de vivir en Trinidad
Hard core Hecho en Trinidad

El odio desatado en estas calles
Por la hipocresía de la sociedad
No es nada comparado
Con lo que sentimos
Caminando esta ciudad

El pueblo resiste en TRINIDAD

LISTEN to Trinidad, Cuba’s ARRABIO.
New song - NO LAW!

ARRABIO are our friends from Trinidad and Sancti Spiritus, Cuba that have been with us on our many journeys. This summer, we brought Vancouver recording engineer Jesse Gander of the Hive Creative Labs to Trinidad to make some records. This is the first listen of ARRABIO’s song No Law, from their forthcoming Album “Hecho En Trinidad”, recorded at the Solidarity Studios in Trinidad, Cuba, July 2012.

Much, much more coming soon.


No Law can destroy what we create
No Law can stop what we have done
No Law can keep our brother down
No Law can take you from us

Because we are stronger
than anger, hate and pain.

No hay ley
Que pueda detenernos
Que pueda hacernos caer
Estamos juntos en esto
No hay nada que puedan hacer

Porque somos más de uno
Y es que somos más que mas
Pensando diferente
No nos podrán callar

Cause we are stronger
and bigger than ever
stronger and bigger than you.

Con mi voz y con tus manos
Los podemos detener
No hay ninguna ley mi hermano
Que nos haga retroceder

Solidarity Rock banger - Round 2!

Last night was really great. The Fucking Lottery played for a small, but very enthusiastic crowd, NN, The Fight and the Lad Mags kicked a whole lot of ass as well.

Tonight, the show continues. We’ve got some pretty amazing bands coming together to help bring our friends in ARRABIO to Canada this fall. This is more than a show to me, this is what the words SOLIDARITY ROCK actually mean. Edmonton is a hell of a crazy place sometimes. It’s more than truck nuts and stab vests, it’s a place where ideas come alive and where people know each other and give a fuck. I have been working on this Solidarity Rock project with a lot of amazing people over the past 5 years, and it means a lot to see the enthusiasm people carry with them for it. Everything we’re doing this weekend is to change the world in a small way. For ARRABIO, this is the chance of a lifetime. Just as it was for the members of 7and7is, SLATES, Kids on Fire, Hangloose, the Vicious Cycles, Uh Oh and the Previous Tenants when they got the chance to tour Cuba. The members of ARRABIO are with us at every turn while we’re down there, and this is our chance to give that back. They’ll be crashing on our floors, playing in the places we go see or play shows and seeing how life is on the DIY level across Canada.

This weekend, we have the chance to make some huge things come to pass, and I hope everyone can make it out tonight so we can show our friends the best time possible.

Here’s the line up. Doors will open around 4, bands will start after.

MORALS (10:00 - 10:45)
THE GET DOWN (9:15 - 9:45)
FALKLANDS (8:30 - 9:00)
SKIN (7:45-8:15)
THE WEEKEND KIDS (7:00-7:30)
LOU WREATH (6:15-6:45)
FREE ELLIOTT (5:30-6:00)

Plus James Stewart of SLATES is going to be playing some solo acousticy jams at some point in the evening.

See you there.

Bring ARRABIO to Canada!


Solidarity Rock is an Edmonton based group and a reflection of the good things that happen in our city. For almost 5 years, individual musicians, bands and artists have taken it upon themselves to help support and develop a independent rock music community in central Cuba. Solidarity Rock has reached out from our city, connecting great people across Canada, Cuba and the US in our cultural exchange and lead the first five (soon to be six) independent rock tours through Cuba.

Trinidad, Cuba’s ARRABIO have
been our constant companions, guides and friends through our many experiences. Now, we’re coming together as a community and as individuals to repay the favour. Solidarity Rock is currently working on visa applications and logistics to enable ARRABIO to be the first Cuban rock band to tour outside of Cuba. This is only possible with the generous and impressive support Edmonton and other cities and scenes have shown. This show is one of the first stages in our big push to bring ARRABIO to Canada, and a darkly lit room near you. Come see some awesome bands, a photo show, and all your friends.

Set times will change, for sure. But here’s an idea of what’s happening when.

FRIDAY - August 17
Doors @ 6:30

THE FUCKING LOTTERY (10:00 - 10:45)
NN (9:15 - 9:45)
THE FIGHT (8:30 - 9:00)
THE LAD MAGS (7:45-8:15)

SATURDAY - August 18
Doors @ 4:00
MORALS (10:00 - 10:45)
THE GET DOWN (9:15 - 9:45)
FALKLANDS (8:30 - 9:00)
SKIN (7:45-8:15)
THE WEEKEND KIDS (7:00-7:30)
LOU WREATH (6:15-6:45)
FREE ELLIOTT (5:30-6:00)

Without a doubt, this will be the party of the summer. Come on out! Bring your friends!

In addition to some of the best bands in Edmonton, we’re bringing you our photography exhibit, featuring the works of SANDY PHIMESTER (Edmonton), AARON BOCANEGRA (Los Angeles), SAMUEL REINA CALVO (Sancti Spiritus), DREW MCINTOSH (Edmonton) and BRYAN KULBA (Edmonton). This photography exhibit features 50 images collected over the first 5 independent rock tours in Cuba. The collection has been shown in Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver and is currently traveling around Cuba showing in galleries and public spaces.

The weekend is sponsored by the good folks at Steamwhistle, and both days are AA/Beer with ID. $10/day at the door.
12515 116 Avenue


Solidarity Rock Recording Session

Photos By Samuel Reina

During last week of July 2012 Jesse Gadner from Canada will be working with two cuban bands,  Arrabio (Trinidad) and Adictox(Santa Clara),  recording some tracks to make a CD of each band.

These photos are from the first day of recording at Trinidad with Arrabio.

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Back from Cuba

From April 29 to May 13, the Solidarity Rock crew got together in Trinidad and Sancti Spiritus to bring our photography exhibit to the people. It was a great time, and we spent it with our friends and adoptive Cuban families, and it was almost perfect. The only thing we missed was our friend Sandy Phimester, who due to circumstances out of his control was unable to make it down. We had planned our photography exhibit unveiling in Sancti Spiritus around him being able to be there, but things changed unexpectedly and despite his attempts, he couldn’t make it, and we all missed him a lot during our time with friends.

We went down with a 50 image show to donate to the AHS in Sancti Spiritus, as a way to share and show our time and vision for what we have seen and done over the past five years. Since the very beginning, we have been documenting our trips with photography and video. I curated the show down from 1900 to 50 images, and I think we got the right ones. Photographers Aaron Bocanegra, Sandy Phimester, Samuel Reina Calvo, Bryan Kulba and me, Drew McIntosh, presented our work thanks largely to the Edmonton Arts Council, who supplied us with the financial support we needed to print and frame such a large collection. Thanks to them, the show will be seen around Cuba for the next year, at least.

Showing the work was cathartic in a lot of ways. It’s a weird place to be as a documentary artist who is also working to set the stage every time. Not only is my work about collecting and documenting the moments we share, the Cuban punk rock movement we’ve been a part of and the country which hosts us each time, but it’s also about making those things happen. It’s easy for me to sometimes get lost in the tasks that we’ve taken on. So, for me, it was and is especially important to finally get a big piece of this work off the bench to be able to show people in Cuba the reflections of owr time together. This is an international photography exhibit which features participation of artists from three separate countries, who exist in totally different ways within the Cuban context. Canadians are often seen as tourists, locked in resorts, Americans are the enemy, or at least their government is.

We (collectively) don’t understand Cuba, or the people who live there. Our impressions of the country have been built up by the imagery we’re fed. Cuba is either a cold war relic or a place full of happy people who ride around in old cars. I really feel that we’re accessing something other than that with our work. We’re trying to build understanding with cultural exchange, and I think we’ve come a long way.

We put the photos up at the AHS' Casa de Joven Creador in Trinidad, and our good friends ARRABIO played late into the night to celebrate. Winnipeg's Ian Lodwyks opened with a couple of accoustic jams. The show was packed with Cuban punk kids, the Solidarity Rock crew which had come out from Edmonton, Winnipeg and Los Angeles and a whole lot of friends from Winnipeg. Some of our Pegger pals were getting married in Trinidad, and it was a great way to build more connections and bridge more cultural gaps as we could welcome their friends and family into our sphere.

In Sancti Spiritus, we opened up a gallery which has been shuttered for months to host our show. The Galleria El Passo is space which was originally opened by an artist and curator named Rafael Gonzàlez Perèz from Sancti Spiritus. It was a pedestrian underpass used for less than noble purposes of drinking and bummin out of sight. The very first night we were in Sancti Spiritus in 2007 was 51 years to the day that the rebels had left Mexico on the Granma boat, and we went to an art show celebrating that feat at the Galleria el Passo. So, to have an opening there almost 5 years later was really special. Rafa has since moved to Tenerife, and we still talk about working together in a lot of ways, so it was great to be able continue something he started.

The show is going to travel to places like Jatibonico, Santa Clara, Cienfuegos, Havana and more over the next year. We’ve already shown some of these photos in Edmonton, Vancouver and Calgary, and we’ve got plans to take it even further. With any luck, you might see our work near you soon.

Vicious Cycles Tattoos!

Well, Vancouver’s Vicious Cycles have indeed left their mark on Cuba. Arrabio’s hard shreddin guitar player Douglas has what’s probably the first ever VCMC tattoo!

One of the best parts of traveling and doing this kind of work is the opportunity to work with great people. One of those people is my buddy Sandy. He’s been with Solidarity Rock on our last two tours, documenting everything with photos. Check out his photography from the March 2011 Kids on Fire/ARRABIO Solidarity Rock tour in Cuba.