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Cuban rapper who spent 80 days on a raft among sharks thanks the US for the Fourth of July

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Michael Marichal left Cuba when he was just 15 years old, a moment he took the opportunity to leave a country mired in the crisis of socialism

“On July 5, 2006, I put my bare feet on the shore of Cayo Largo. 80 hours sailing among sharks, thirsty. My only baggage was the desire to be free and prosper. I have been celebrating that goal for 16 years. In capitalism, I achieved what in years socialism denied me. The great USA!” That is the message that Cuban rapper Michael Marichal has published this Monday, July 5.

In a viral video, the artist has detailed the difficulties he encountered during his journey, more specifically, what happened in the eighty days he spent on a raft on the way to Florida (United States). Michael Marichal left Cuba when he was just 15 years old, a moment that he took the opportunity to leave a country mired in the crisis of socialism, which has led to the exile of many others.

“I arrived barefoot, shirtless, full of mosquito bites, I spent 80 hours sailing, I saw sharks and I managed to arrive on July 5. From the 4th I had already seen the fireworks of the July 4 celebration, I could see it from the sea, but I arrived on the 5th during the day,” explained the Cuban.

Grateful for a dignified life

Famous for composing songs contrary to the socialist and communist systems, Marichal saw the Independence Day of the United States as the moment to thank the country that has allowed him to live with dignity, express himself freely and grow as a person and a musician.

“The message of this is that when you come with your luggage, you bring a desire to get ahead and succeed; and you arrive in a country that provides you with those resources, you get ahead and you succeed, if you come to eat shit, no, but if you come to work and fulfill your dreams, you are going to achieve them,” shared Marichal.

Image Credit: shot from the video

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