(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Havana, Cuba – After 18 years of silence, the International Varadero Song Festival returns this year to the beach resort’s amphitheater with famous Cuban and international performers, the National Information Agency (AIN) announced. Cuban Music Institute Deputy President Alexis Vázquez stated that the Culture Ministry and the institution decided to organize the event, very popular in the past. According to Vázquez, the Festival, programmed for early November 2004, a month of the tourism low season, “should increase the flow of visitors” to Cuba’s leading tourist destination. The organizers of the music feast hope to enlist important Cuban and foreign song acts. The International Festival emerged in the late 1960’s and its last edition was held in 1986.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.