Cuban Heavy Metal Band HIPNOSIS Seeks Asylum In United States
According to the AFP, Cuban heavy metal band HIPNOSIS requested political asylum after arriving in Miami Monday morning (July 22).
Ramiro Pupo, the lead singer of the six-member group, was the first HIPNOSIS musician to seek asylum, explaining that his daughter already lives in Miami.
"It's not something we had thought about until we got here," HIPNOSIS bassist Fanny Tachin told AFP.
"Once we saw that [Pupo had requested asylum], we all decided to follow," Tachin added.
HIPNOSIS was on its way to Oakland, California to record an album.
A number of Cuban artists and athletes have defected from Cuba over the past few years. In 2008, seven members of the Cuban Olympic soccer team decided to stay after their game against the U.S. team in Florida. Cuban ballet dancer Rolando Sarabia also defected in 2005.
To comment on a
story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of
does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details.
reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).