Carlos Varela Carlos Varela is a singer/songwriter from Cuba. He was born on 11th of April 1963 in Havana, Cuba. He started to write his songs at the age of 15 and in 1980 joined Nueva Trova movement — musical movement based on traditional Cuban music — trova,  with lyrics about social and political changes of Cuban Revolution. His songs is reflection of Cuba after revolution. He is not totally opposite the current political regime but in his lyrics he tells about economic and social problems that faced Cuban society.

He participated in live shows in Canada, Spain, Mexico, Venezuela, Panama, Columbia, Chile, Sweden, Denmark and USA with other Cuban artists.

On 8th of December 2006 he held one of his most famous live shows at central stadium of Habana. This show was dedicate to the 26th anniversary of John Lennon’s death and also to the 28th Havana Film Festival. The show lasted two hours under pouring rain.

The most popular song of Carlos Varela — Una Palabra (The Word) was used as a soundtrack for  Alejandro González Iñárritu’s film «Powder Keg» (2001). Another famous director — Tom Scott used this song for the final scene of his film «Man on Fire» (2004). Since that time Una Palabra was covered by many other artists in different languages.

Carlos Varela released eight albums. The latest disc No es el Fin (This is Not the End) went out in 2009.


Written by Cressy