CARACAS — Venezuela may be teetering on the edge of the abyss, but that hasn’t stopped its embattled president from singing and dancing while the country crumbles around him.
On Tuesday, President Nicolas Maduro started hosting a new daily salsa show that highlights the country’s “Caribbean culture” and what he calls the “profound soul of the people that the oligarchies will never be able to interpret.”
The show, called “the salsa hour,” mixes classic salsa music with political talk, interviews with government apparatchiks, and takes jabs at the “imperialist” foes of Venezuela’s revolution.
“It’s like a radio newspaper that dances,” the president said, as he sat down in a radio booth with his DJ headphones on. He opened the show by playing Indestructible, a 1973 classic by Nuyorican composer Ray Barreto.