Once Again US Denies Visas for Cuban Grammy 2004 Contenders

(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha – Insider’s Music) Havana, Cuba – Once again, the
United States government denied visas for a prestigious delegation of Cuban
musicians to attend the Grammy Awards ceremony, February 8, in Los Angeles. In a
situation similar to what happened with the Latin Grammy in Miami, the Recording
Academy sent the invitation letters demanded by US government procedures to
travel to the US. The required documents were immediately presented by the Cuban
institutions to the US Interests Section in Havana.

It is even more outrageous that the denial of visas for the Cuban delegation
is justified under section 212 (f) of the US Immigration Law related to
terrorists, assassins, drug-dealers and everyone who is considered a menace to
US national security. Inside and outside Cuba, the ethical, moral and human
values of guitarist

Manuel Galbán
, Eugenio Rodríguez, leader of the
Nacional Ignacio Piñeiro
, lute player Barbarito Torres, excellent percussionist
Amadito Valdés, and the Cuban music glories

Ibrahim Ferrer
and Guillermo
Rubalcaba are a known quantity. Their fame is in Cuba and abroad, as well as
their sense of loyalty, patriotism and their extraordinary artistic talent. More than 13,000 professional musicians of revolutionary Cuba cultivate these
values, and that is precisely why this attempt to besmirch the nation’s culture
is made. The Cuban Music Institute denounces this new insult to Cuba’s culture
and its people, while it thanks the organizers for trying to help the Cuban
musicians attend the Grammy ceremony. Unfortunately – it said – the US people
were deprived of enjoying these honorable exponents of universal Cuban music.
Someday, when there is no blockade, manipulations, or threats, both countries’
peoples will enjoy each other’s music in peace.

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[Photo of Ibrahim Ferrer].

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV 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 albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.