Carlos Varela (born April 11, 1963) is a singer-songwriter of nueva trova from Havana, Cuba. In the 1980s he joined the Nueva Trova musical movement, a political music genre connected with Fidel Castro's revolution. His first CD "Jalisco Park" was published in Spain. Nowadays Varela's music is known for its open criticism of some of Castro's policies, although still considered Nueva Trova. One of Varela's songs — "Una Palabra" (A Word)— was used in the film Powder Keg (2001) directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and in the film Man on Fire in 2004.