Controversy and banning of Chupi Chupi
His song Chupi Chupii, an "unabashed ode to oral sex", was denounced in November 2011 by Cuban Minister of Culture Abel Prieto, and Cuban Institute of Music President Orlando Vistelas, as degenerate. García made headlines by writing a letter of complaint back to the Minister.
Dr. María Córdova, Professor of Music and Art also criticized the song in the Cuban Communist Party daily Granma (newspaper), in the article "Vulgarity in our music: the choice of the 'Cuban people'?" (La vulgaridad en nuestra música: ¿una elección del 'pueblo cubano?'), arguing that such songs are offensive because of their machismo as well as
"reducing sexual relations to the level at which a prostitute would have them. Vulgarity has never been the essence of Cuban music; examples of this are too many to count... Music is not always art, and not everything that sounds like music is valid from an artistic point of view".
A few days prior to that the Cuban state criticized reggaeton (cubatón) music in general, and recommended a "low" level of broadcasting of songs of the genre.
As of March 2012 the song was still banned from the Cuban airwaves by the Cuban Institute of Radio and Television.
García participated in the National Festival of Cuba and at the age of 19, he received several awards in various categories at which point he began to sing professionally.
He co-founded El Duo de Cristal in 2001, who wrote their own songs, and combined Cuban styles with international pop. They played three doemstic Cuban tours, reached #1 in the Cuban charts and appeared on youth music programs such as A Moverse, Super 12, De mi pa ti and Mezcla.
He has also shared the stage with Chucho Valdés, Los Van Van, Tata Güines, Charanga Habanera, Gente de Zona, José Luis Cortes and NG La Banda, and Manolito Simonet. In 2008, García set out on his own writing and producing his own material under the production of DJ Conds. In this project he collaborated with vocalist José "El Pillo", guitarist Armando Peláez and DJ and background vocalist Roly Stereo.
In March 2012 García arrived in Miami to do a 14-city tour of the United States.
Album "El Malcriao"
- La malcria
- Hacer el amor (feat. La Sociedad)
- No me enamoro (feat. Gente de Zona)
- Deja la locura (feat. Los Cuatro Jose El Pillo)
- Tú me hieres (feat. Laritza Bacallao)
- Loca (feat. Jose El Pillo Leoni Torres)
- Gira que te veo fija (feat. A.Daniel Jose El Pillo)
- Nada contigo
- No es culpa tuya
- Chupi Chupi
- El Pudín
- Se me va la musa
- Fue suyo el error
- Ella es mía
- La Puteria"
- Mi amiguito el pipi"
- "Partido ataca vulgaridad en la música cubana", El Nuevo Herald (Miami), November 24, 2011
- "Cuba: Reggaeton Hit ‘Chupi Chupi' Denounced by Authorities", Global Voices, 7 December 2011
- "Osmani García “La Voz” llega el lunes a Miami", La Nación Dominicana, March 23, 2012
- "La vulgaridad en nuestra música: ¿una elección del "pueblo cubano?", Granma, 23 noviembre 2011
- "Cuba quiere difusión de "muy bajo perfil" para reggaeton", El Comercio (Ecuador), 8 noviembre 2011
- "El chupi chupi, el reguetón que aviva polémica en Cuba", El Universo (Guayaquil), 24 noviembre 2011
- "Opiniones encontradas sobre el género del reguetón", Prensa Libre (Guatemala), 27 noviembre 2011
- Cubatón official marketing site
- The Osmani Garcia's web site
- The Osmani Garcia's suenacubano.com profile
- The Osmani Garcia's facebook profile