Osmani García

Osmani "La Voz" García Gonzalez is a Cuban reggaeton singer. His song Chupi Chupi, an "unabashed ode to oral sex", was denounced in November 2011 by Cuban Minister of Culture Abel Prieto, and Cuban Institute of Music President Orlando Vistelas, as degenerate. García made headlines by writing a letter of complaint back to the Minister.

Dr. María Córdova, Professor of Music and Art also criticized the song in the Cuban Communist Party daily Granma (newspaper), in the article "Vulgarity in our music: the choice of the 'Cuban people'? arguing that such songs are offensive because of their machismo as well as reducing sexual relations to the level at which a prostitute would have them. Vulgarity has never been the essence of Cuban music; examples of this are too many to count... Music is not always art, and not everything that sounds like music is valid from an artistic point of view".

A few days prior to that the Cuban state criticized reggaeton music in general, and recommended a "low" level of broadcasting of songs of the genre. The song's video was nominated in several categories for the November 2011 Premios Lucas (Cuban video music awards).

As of March 2012 the song was still banned from the Cuban airwaves by the Cuban Institute of Radio and Television.

García participated in the National Festival of Cuba and at the age of 19, he received several awards in various categories at which point he began to sing professionally.

He co-founded El Duo de Cristal in 2001, who wrote their own songs, and combined Cuban styles with international pop. They played three domestic Cuban tours, reached #1 in the Cuban charts and appeared on youth music programs such as A Moverse, Super 12, De mi pa ti and Mezcla.

Hits included Mujer quien eres tú, as well as Mujer which was used for public service messages on Cuban television promoting International Women's Day and Mother's Day.

In early 2006 he joined the group Paulo FG and Elite and also performed in the Festival Internacional de Cali in Colombia, sharing the stage with Maelo Ruíz.

He has also shared the stage with Chucho Valdés, Los Van Van, Tata Güines, Charanga Habanera, Gente de Zona, José Luis Cortes and NG La Banda, and Manolito Simonet. In 2008, García set out on his own writing and producing his own material under the production of DJ Conds. In this project he collaborated with vocalist José "El Pillo", guitarist Armando Peláez and DJ and background vocalist Roly Stereo.

In March 2012 García arrived in Miami to do a 14-city tour of the United States. In 2013, Garcia meets music executives Paris Cabezas and Ana Gonzalez (InnerCat Music Group, LLC) in Miami and forms his label La Fabrica de Exitos under the InnerCat Music Group imprint.

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