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Dreams of the World: Mario Delgado (Havana)

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.

Award-winning photographer, journalist, and author Kike Calvo (pronounced key-keh) specializes in culture and environment. He has been on assignment in more than 90 countries, working on stories ranging from belugas in the Arctic to traditional Hmong costumes in Laos. Kike is pioneering in using small unmanned aerial systems to produce aerial photography as art, and as a tool for research and conservation. He is also known for his iconic photographic project, World of Dances, on the intersection of dance, nature, and architecture. His work has been published in National Geographic, New York Times, Time, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair, among others. Kike teaches photography workshops and has been a guest lecturer at leading institutions like the School of Visual Arts and Yale University. He is a regular contributor to National Geographic blog Voices. He has authored nine books, including Drones for Conservation; So You Want to Create Maps Using Drones?; Staten Island: A Visual Journey to the Lighthouse at the End of the World; and Habitats, with forewords by David Doubilet and Jean-Michel Cousteau. Kike’s images have been exhibited around the world, and are represented by the National Geographic Image Collection. Kike was born in Spain and is based in New York. When he is not on assignment, he is making gazpacho following his grandmother’s Andalusian recipe. You can now buy Kike´s products: http://bit.ly/RJXlqr You can travel to Colombia with Kike: www.colombiaphotoexpeditions.com
  • Armandito

    Q bola asere ,como tu estas mi hermano,todo tranquilo aquí en esta lejana tierra en el otro lado del mundo.estoy trabajando manejando un camión gigante en las minas de oro aquí en el sur de Australia .emily esta a punto de parir tiene 8 meses.ya tu sabes una familia te lo cambia la vida.everything id good over here ,working hard and making my future better for myself and my new baby.i miss Cuba a lot ,the streets full of people and everyone happy .australia is a beautiful country but very very hot .i hope one day you complete your dreams.

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