(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Havana, Cuba – The US government is processing the visa application for various Cuban musicians nominated for Latin Grammy 2003 awards, to be delivered in Miami this coming September 3. “The US Interests Section in Havana (USIS) accepted to process the documents of the Cuban musicians,” a Cuban Music Institute source told the cultural magazine “La Jiribilla.” “The prestige and seriousness of our artists made it possible that the documents be accepted by the USIS,” said the same source said. The Cuban magazine denied that the Cuban authorities delayed the visa applications and criticized such recent statements by the White House special envoy for the Western Hemisphere Otto Reich.The possible presence of Cuban artists at the Latin Grammy gala has provoked a tense controversy between the exile groups and Cuban artists based in Miami. Cuban Culture Vice-Minister and Cuban Music Institute President Abel Acosta, defended the right of the Cuban artists to attend the Latin Grammy ceremony.” The presence of our artists is a right gained by their talent and work,” he stated.
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.