Washington, Nov. 13.- Musicians and poets from Cuba, the United States and Canada will join today in a virtual concert aimed at demanding the end of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by Washington on the island.
The initiative is sponsored by the Organizing Committee of the International Conference for the Normalization of Relations between the United States and Cuba, an event that will take place over the weekend, also virtually, and that will feature speakers from the three countries.
Tamara Hansen, executive member of the Canadian Network on Cuba (CNC) and one of the conference spokespersons, highlighted that this Friday's musical event will have the participation of Septeto Santiaguero, a two-time Grammy Award-winning ensemble, Pablo Menéndez and Mix band.
From Cuba, Moncada, Alexander Abreu, Telmary and the poet Nancy Morejón will also offer their talents.
Also taking part in the cultural event will be the poets Jack Hirschman (United States) and El Jones (Canada), the jazz player Jane Bunnett (Canada), the hip hop duo Rebel Díaz (United States) and the multi-award winning pianist and composer Arturo O 'Farrill (United States).
The two-hour concert, which will begin in Washington at 8:00 p.m. local time, will be the prelude to the aforementioned conference, which is organized by the CNC, the National Network of Solidarity with Cuba in the United States (NNOC) and the Quebec-Cuba Coordination and Solidarity Table.
Cheryl LaBash, co-president of the NNOC, told Prensa Latina that the event on relations between Cuba and the United States will hold its first session tomorrow afternoon, and will have the presence of the island's ambassadors in Washington DC, José Ramón Cabañas, and in Ottawa, Josefina Vidal.
Canadian MP Nikki Ashton; the State Senator of Minnesota, United States, Sandra Pappas; and Erik Sperling, member of the recently created Alliance for Cuba Engagement and Respect (Acere) group.
This segment, which will focus on the importance of the total normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba, will be followed by a session focused on the leadership of the Caribbean country in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, both within its borders and internationally.
The last part of the conference, on Sunday afternoon, will be dedicated to planning and implementing a campaign to end the blockade in 2021, and will include interventions by the new permanent representative of Cuba to the UN, Pedro Luis Pedroso Cuesta; and the president of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples, Fernando González.
According to LaBash, they plan to broadcast the conference on the NNOC page on Facebook and on YouTube. (Text and photo: PL)