Solidarity Rock

Solidarity Rock is an artist run organization working to partner musicians, artists and creative people in Cuba, Canada and eyond. Since 2008, we have been working to collect instruments and musical equipment to help our friends in Cuban rock bands find their own way through music.
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By Sam

No tour neither cubans in Canada would be possible without Solidarity Rock friends crew.

I will not mention names, but everyone of them that was around (even not in the flesh) during our travel and its planning know their heart that they are in our thoughts.

Friends that conceived the idea.

Friends that helped us with the planning till the last minute

Friends that sponsored us.

Friends that welcomed us.

Friends that make all the way from distant locations just to spent time with us.

Friends that feed us and gave us a place to sleep.

Friends that took us to amazing places and guaranteed our safe stance there.

Friends that share their personal stuff and gear with us.

Friends that took care of us when homesick stroke.

Friends that encourage us.

Friends that brought friends to the venues, people who eventually became our friends too.

Friends that allow us took us to the places that are important for their life.

Friends that couldn’t be there.

Friends…

As I wrote before, I will not mention names but no one is missing in my heart.

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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)

We Love You Cuba

The tour was Epic! The people amazing! The shows were all awesome! Still trying to get our heads around the whole thing… here are a few pics to start!

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.