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US Musicians barred from International Jazz Festival in Cuba
Cuban Culture Minister Abel Prieto denounced that the US blockade of Cuba has prevented the participation of American musicians at the International Jazz Festival, underway in the central Cuban locality of Varadero.


"Many of them would have liked to attend the event; however, arbitrary legislations adopted by the Bush administration have not allowed them to," said Prieto.


Abel Prieto took part at the opening ceremony of the Jam Session Jazz festival, which was also attended by Cuban Tourism Minister Manuel Marrero, and the event's president, renowned Cuban musician Chucho Valdes.


The Jam Session festival has been designed to take place every other year in Varadero, central Matanzas province. The event will alternate with other jazz activities, like the Jazz Plaza and the Jojazz also held on the island.


The event will close next Sunday at the Plaza America Conventions Center, the Casa de la Musica and other cultural institutions, in the central territory.

Source: By Al Games, Cubanow

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