Sóngoro cosongo / songo bé / sóngoro cosongo / de mamey. My name is Nicolas. I was born in Camagüey on July 10, 1902. I grew up to the rhythm of the poem of saw and hammer of my carpenter grandfather, of the silver being forged in the artisan hands of my father and of the legends brought by the Africans, that my mother and my grandmother they recreated with passion and respect; To all this, from the cradle and beyond, I owe this elf of mine to narrate the stories of my people in a unique way.
I started as a typographer and journalist; Later, I founded the literary magazine “Lis”, its objective was to contribute to the dissemination of culture and progress from a reflective, didactic position, because since then the collective indifference and little vocation for reading were a reality, as well as the concern for the destiny of the Nation, and the call to the conscience of citizens about the responsibility that the formation of children implies for the future of a Nation.
My thing, my thing is the rhythm, the cadence, my mulatto roots, the customs of my people, the “Black Poetry”. My other passions: traveling the world, Mexico, Spain, Haiti, I traveled from Colombia to Uruguay; Paris, New York, Russia, Budapest, Beijing, Brazil. My flag: communist militancy, what they call “being on the left”, seeking justice and peace, which later led me to exile, a long exile! A great opportunity! Paris, Italy, Mexico, Guatemala, Central America, Stockholm, Warsaw, India, Argentina …
I was awarded the Lenin International Peace Prize, I was appointed Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Foreign Service of the Republic, of my Cuba, where I received the José Martí Order and the National Prize for Literature.
Poets and singers, now more than ever !, with lyrics and sounds of mulatto, mestizo and black, raise your lilting Cuban voice to continue fighting oppression, injustice and inequality. This National Poet of Cuba, Poeta del Son, Nicolás Guillén asks for them. _