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  • 10 / 05 / 2007

Cuba at the 40th Che's death anniversary
After establishing the socialist system in Cuba, Che Guevara went on with his idea of fomenting revolutions in Latin America and travelled to Bolivia in 1966.

A year later his squad was surrounded and the wounded leader was seized and later killed.

Ten years ago his remains were transported from Bolivia to Cuba and buried in a mausoleum in the Cuban city of Santa Clara.

Che Guevara became an icon and a major figure of pop culture worldwide.

Bolivian singer songwriters Mario Ramirez and Cristhian Benitez, members of the duet "Negro y Blanco", confirmed participation in the concert "Hombre y Amigo" (Man and Friend), to be held in Cuba to honor Ernesto Che Guevara.

In statements to Prensa Latina, the young singers explained that their music resulted from the roots of the so-called protest song, which they have performed since 1995.

According to Ramirez, they were invited to the concert, scheduled from October 7-12 in the central Cuban province of Villa Clara, by Caribbean singer songwriter Vicente Feliu. They added that it would be a meeting with history, friends and the example of Cuba, which has resisted US attacks for more than 46 years.

We first visited Cuba in 2000, when we had the chance to tour the countryside and talk with humble people. We had made a similar tour in Bolivia and that social project was enriched in contact with the Cuban Revolution, they said.

Seven years later, they added, we return to Havana to sing along with other South American singer songwriters and to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Che, who gave his life in Bolivia for the dreams the government of President Evo Morales has made come true.

For Benitez, Che Guevara's life and work is a constant sign in family education, including his grandfather, a military officer who judged Che's assassins and cried when he learned about his death in La Higuera.

The Bolivian musicians said that it would be an honor to share the stage with world-renowned artists like Pancho Villa (Chile), Gabriel Siqueiro (Argentina) and Silvio Rodriguez (Cuba).

They are also excited about taking part in an expedition to Loma del Taburete (Taburete Hill), in the western province of Pinar del Río, where they will sing "Hasta Siempre Comandante", composed by Carlos Puebla, and "The International" in four languages.

Source: Prensa Latina

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