Spanish Rapper C. Tangana Offers Free Show After City Gov. Vetoes Public-Funded Concert


“Censorship is not the way to educate,” Tangana tells fans, adding “I talk a lot of shit in my songs.”

C. Tangana, whose upcoming concert during a city festival in Bilbao, Spain was canceled after complaints that his lyrics are degrading to women, has announced he will offer his own free show on the same night.

Tangana announced on Instagram that he will perform in protest of “institutional censorship” on Saturday (Aug. 24) at Bilbao’s Sala Santana club. A publicist for Tangana contacted by Billboard confirmed the show.

“Censorship and prohibiting are not the way to educate," Tangana wrote on Instagram. “In my music there are a lot of women…the women who listen [to my music] are no less feminist than any others,” They are women who decide for themselves what roles in films, songs and novels they want to identify with. I talk a lot of shit in my songs. Think for yourself.”

Tangana’s appearance at Bilbao’s annual week-long Aste Nagusia street festival had been canceled after over 15,000 people signed a petition calling for his removal from the line-up, because the lyrics of his songs are degrading to women.

On Aug. 9, the city government announced on its web site that Tangana would be replaced by Puerto Rican singer Pedro Capó.