Carlos Varela lectured on Cuba in Washington

For the first time after being banned for ten years by the George W. Bush government, Cuban singer-songwriter Carlos Varela gave a lecture on Cuba’s reality organized by the Center for Democracy in the Americas and the Washington-based American University’s Council for Latin America. Varela, who  participated in the “Peace Without Borders” Concert held in Havana last September 20, released his eight album this year and has played with Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Sting, Ben Harper, Los Van Van, Victor Manuel, Silvio Rodríguez, Pablo Milanés and dozens of the best musicians of today.

Varela, who is on a three-week U.S. visit, met a White House official for lunch at a Washington restaurant, according to the organizers of his trip, He also met two members of Congress.

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