I recently bumped into the photography Adolfo Mendoza Avilés. It is a body of work snapped in 2007. It’s always interesting to see Cuba photographed with different eyes. He uses black and white alot, a refreshing departure from the usual pastel goggles we normally view the island through. There’s also stark, clean lines… graphic in nature.

In this particular video posted on YouTube, his photographs of the Cuban streets are scored to an “out of box” tune (not the obvious Cuban track you would imagine with a Cuban slideshow). The lyrics eerily resemble the voice of the people today… a nation begging it’s leader (Raul Castro) to just “say something”… after giving a lifetime of surrendering oneself to a dream…

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“Say Something”
Performed by James (1993)

You’re as tight as a hunter’s trap
Hidden well, what are you concealing
Poker face, carved in stone
Amongst friends, but all alone
Why do you hide

Say something, say something, anything
I’ve shown you everything
Give me a sign
Say something, say something, anything
Your silence is deafening
Pay me in kind

Take a drug to set you free
Strange fruit from a forbidden tree
You’ve got to come down soon
(More than a) Whole lot of drug is what I need
Need a change of scenery
Need a new life

Say something, say something anything
I’ve shown you everything
Give me a sign
Say something, say something, anything
Your silence is deafening
Pay me in kind

Say something, say something, anything,
I’ve shown you everything
Give me a sign

I’m open wide, open wondering
Have you swallowed everything
Pay me in kind