Friday, September 07, 2007

Washington Bars US Artists from International Jazz Festival in Cuba

Cuban News Agency

Havana, September 7 (acn) Cuba's Culture Minister Abel Prieto announced on Thursday that the US blockade obstructs the participation of renowned American jazz players in the Varadero Jam Session International Jazz Festival that began on Thursday in the central province of Matanzas.

"I'm sure that many of them would have liked to participate in this event but the arbitrary laws of the Bush Administration obstruct these cultural ties," he said.

Prieto recalled that before George W. Bush took office many Cuban and US artists were able to exchange their experiences and art in different events, but all this has been cancelled, he noted.

The Cuban official participated, along with Tourism Minister Manuel Marrero and the President of the festival Maestro 'Chucho' Valdes, in the opening of the Jam Session event.

Renowned Cuban and foreign artists are participating in the Jam Session Festival, which is intended to take place every other year in Varadero, alternating with other jazz events such as the Jazz Plaza and the JoJazz.

Jam Session will run until next Sunday at the Plaza America Convention Center, the House of Music and other cultural and tourist centers in Varadero.

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