A flurry of Latin American artists, including Olga Tañon, flock to perform in Cuba

Posted: 16-Jul-15 12:45

It looks like Cuba is now seriously in Vogue with not only U.S. celebrities and musicians flocking down to the island as of lately (Rihanna, Beyonce, Jay Z. Paris Hilton, Questlove from the Roots, etc) but now a flurry of Latin American starts is invading the Caribbean jewel for a series of concerts and special performances, including legendary Puerto Rican singer, Olga Tañon. Since the door of negotiation and reconciliation between the U.S. and Cuba opened, more and more artists are interested in seeing the little island on the verge of change and interacting with its lively audience.

A flurry of Latin American artists, including Olga Tañon, flock to perform in Cuba

Six years after performing at the controversial concert in Havana held by Colombian artist Juanes (and being heavily criticised by anti-Castro fans from Miami) the Puerto Rican Mujer de Fuego (Lady of Fire), Olga Tañon, is once again in Cuba, this time in the company of many other Latin American singers and musicians, who for different reasons and to attend different events are now present in the island.

Just a few days ago after landing in Havana for cultural exchange reasons, she performed during the concert staged by Alexander Abreu and Havana D’ Primera in the Teatro Nacional, a concert to officiate the launch of their latest album, and which also included the guest performance of yet another visiting Latin American signer, the popular salsa musician, Luis Enrique, from Nicaragua.

"After six years of performing in Paz sin Fronteras (Peace without Borders), I’m back in Cuba!!!! In the name of God” Lots of emotions in my heart"

Tañon announced on her Twitter page. During the concert, which she was initially attending as part of the audience, she was called to the stage to interpret an a cappella fragment of “Basta Ya”, a song made famous by Marco Antonio Solis.

After her short participation in the concert she said:

“After six years it’s a privilege for me to be in Havana in a cultural exchange”

And later she gushed via her social media channels:

"When you unite all hearts with the most beautiful feeling of music, the universe resounds."

On his part, the Nicaraguan "Prince of Salsa", Luis Enrique, said of his being in Cuba and performing there with Cuban artists:

"To be here is a dream come true, it’s beautiful that they welcome me with all their love. Cuban music has accompanied me all my life."

He later posted on his Facebook profile:

"Happy to have sang for my people in Cuba. Thanks brother for the invitation [in reference to Alexander Abreu] and to the audience for having cheered me with so much love, this moment stays in my heart. I hope to be back soon!"

Also in Cuba right now are popular merengue singer, Johny Ventura, visiting the island for the first time, and the Salvatorian singer and composer, Alvaro Torres, who arrived last Friday in Holguin to give a series of concerts and recitals all over Cuba’s eastern region, where is passionately adored by many Cuban fans.


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