Thursday, November 20, 2008

Wisconsin concert to provide aid for sister city in Cuba

The Wisconsin Coalition to Normalize Relations with Cuba will conduct a concert and dance in Milwaukee on Friday to raise money for humanitarian aid for the region of Milwaukee's sister city in Cuba.

The event will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. at the United Community Center, 1028 S. 9th St., and will feature Cuban and Latin American music and musicians, including the newly formed group RUMBRAVA made up of Afro-Caribbean percussionist Luis Diaz, cellist Ana Ruth Bermudez, and Mrs. Fun pianist Connie Grauer and drummer Kim Zick. Tony Baez will perform Latin American folk songs, and Fuego Musical, a Milwaukee salsa group, will also play. A donation of $10 is suggested.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Wisconsin Medical Project, a Madison-based humanitarian organization that has an export and travel license to send medical supplies and medical equipment to the province of Camaguey, said Art Heitzer of the coalition.

Advance tickets for the fund-raiser are available through the coalition, 633 W. Wisconsin Ave., Suite 1410, (414) 273-1040; cubawi;; and Peace Action Wisconsin, 1001 E. Keefe Ave., (414) 964-5158.

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