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Dreams of the World: Mario Delgado (Havana)

Mario Delgado Sotomayor (Havana, Cuba). © KIKE CALVO
Mario Delgado Sotomayor (Havana, Cuba). Rapper. © KIKE CALVO

 This post is the latest in the series Dreams of the World, which profiles interesting people we meet during our travels.

My dream is… to travel to New York City to meet all the great American rappers. To be able to sing a song together with all of them, promoting peace around the world. Mario Delgado Sotomayor, 36, was born in Lawton (Havana). After his mother died when he was 17, he lost his path in life. Today, after spending time in a Cuban prison, is now a member of the Muraleando project in Havana. He defines himself as a new person. Delgado devotes his time to helping younger generations to appreciate life and express their fears and hopes through their chanted rhyming lyrics.