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Cuban singer-songwriter Silvio Rodríguez celebrated his 66th birthday at the emblematic Centenario Stadium in Montevideo, the Uruguayan capital.

Thousands of fans gathered at the stadium to hear the famous Cuban troubadour sing historical and new tunes during a two-hour-20 minute show.

Rodríguez, who is also a founding member of the Cuban New Song Movement, interrupted the program several times to sing tunes that the audience asked him to perform, such as his emblematic songs Ojalá (I hope).

The famous singer-songwriter shared the stage with his friend and outstanding Uruguayan counterpart Daniel Viglietti to sing Rodriguez’s Canción del elegido (The Chosen One’s Song).

At the same time, Silvio, as he is known by all Cubans, dedicated his song Pequeña serenata diurna (Little Morning Serenade) to the Cuban Five: Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González and René González, unjustly locked in US jails since 1998 for fighting terrorism in the United States and Cuba.

Earlier Rodríguez had visited President José Mujica and presented him with a book containing his principal songs.

In statements to the press he said that in the 1960’s Rodriguez musicalized the Cuban TV show Los comandos del silencio (The Commands of Silence), inspired by the struggle of the National-Tupamaros Liberation Movement to which Mujica belonged.
Source: Radio

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