Cuban singer-songwriter Carlos Varela to the USA
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- 12 / 03 / 2009
For the first time after being banned for ten years by the George W. Bush government, Cuban singer-songwriter Carlos Varela will be the main speaker at a lecture on the Islandâ€™s reality organized by the Center for Democracy in the Americas and the Washington-based American Universityâ€™s Council for Latin America.
The talk is programmed for Thursday, December 3, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, at the Battelle-Tompkins Atrium, of the American University, according to a note circulated by the Center for Democracy in the Americas.
Recently, Carlos Varela participated at the â€śPeace Without Bordersâ€ť Concert, held in Havana last September 20, and will talk about it at the talk, besides offering his appraisals on the policy of the United States toward Cuba, the value of the cultural exchanges and other topics.
Â â€śAnd if we are lucky, Carlos will sing a pair of songs at the end of our debateâ€ť, the communiquĂ© affirms.
â€śWith his eighth album released this year, Carlos Varelaâ€™s magnificent music continues inspiring the audiences and artists in Cuba and all over the world. He has played with Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Sting, Ben Harper, Los Van Van, Victor Manuel, Silvio RodrĂguez, Pablo MilanĂ©s and dozens of the best musicians of todayâ€ť, it adds.
Carlos Varela visited U.S. in 1998. His visa for a tour that included presentations in Miami was cancelled in 2004, when President George W. Bush severely restricted cultural exchange of the U.S. with Cuba.
Now, his permit to be in U.S. only extends until December 22.