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Once-reticent Cuban music stars raise voices for protesters

Once-reticent Cuban music stars raise voices for protesters

SARAH MARSH HIGH-PROFILE Cuban musicians from salsa band Los Van Van and jazz pianist Chucho Valdes to pop star Leoni Torres have offered rare public support to protesters and criticized Communist authorities' handling of the worst unrest in decades. Thousands of Cubans joined rare protests nationwide on Sunday over shortages, COVID-19 and political rights. The government blamed U.S.-financed "counter-revolutionaries" exploiting the economic hardship caused by U.S. sanctions. Musicians in Cuba have historically steered clear of addressing political topics that risk bringing them reprisals at home if deemed critical of the government or making them hate figures abroad among Cuban exiles…
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