(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Havana, Cuba – Cuban singer-songwriter Carlos Varela was not able to perform at the Gusman Center, Miami City, because the US government denied him the visa to enter the country. The prohibition to the artist aborted a series of shows in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Juan, Puerto Rico. “It is a pity that my fans in Miami as the audience in other US cities were deprived of their right to listen my work due to the decision of a couple of dinosaurs from the Department of State,” the artist said in statements for international press. The US organizers said they were “deeply saddened and outraged” and commented their government did not give then a reason for the decision of denying Varela and his musicians the visa. Becoming a usual practice, the US authorities are recently banning all Cuban musicians to enter the US territory.
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.