Yahoo News, U.S. Musicians to Appear in Cuba

Yahoo! News Entertainment Headlines, Tuesday February 16, 1999, 2:23 AM ET

U.S. Musicians To Appear In Cuba

MIAMI (Reuters) - U.S. musicians will spend March 21-28 in Havana writing songs with Cuban performers and will put on a concert for an expected crowd of more than 40,000 Cubans, the project's organizer said Monday.

"This will be a week of co-writing with famous U.S. and Cuban artists, culminating in participation in an open-air concert for the Cuban people," the group, the Los Angeles-based Music Bridge, said in a statement posted on its Internet site.

Confirmed American artists include Mick Fleetwood from Fleetwood Mac, Andy Summers from the Police and pop singer Lisa Loeb, the group said.

None of the performers will get paid for the song-writing week or the concert, to be held at Havana's Karl Marx theater, according to an article in Monday's Miami Herald.

The article also said that Jimmy Buffett, Joan Osborne, former Public Enemy leader Chuck D, the Indigo Girls and Peter Buck of R.E.M. had confirmed their attendance, and organizers were talking with Peter Gabriel, Bonnie Raitt, Sting and Paddy Maloney of the Chieftains.

The United States has had a strict trade embargo against Cuba since 1962, but changes in Cuban policy within the past two years have allowed more cultural exchange with the Communist-ruled Caribbean island.

Music Bridges was created in 1988 by songwriter/producer Alan Roy Scott to organize a U.S. musical collaboration with Soviet musicians. Similar events have been held in Bali, Romania and Ireland.

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