Silvio Rodríguez gets US visa for New York concert

The U.S. government has approved a visa for Cuban folk icon Silvio Rodríguez ahead of a June 4 concert at Carnegie Hall. Rodríguez tried to travel to New York last May for a tribute to Pete Seeger but officials didn’t respond fast enough. San Francisco-based attorney Bill Martinez said Wednesday that, this time, a visa has been approved. It will be Rodríguez’s first U.S. tour since 1979, when he visited several cities including New York.

The 63-year-old is a staunch defender of the Castro government and pens political lyrics. But Rodríguez released an album in March wondering if Cuba’s communist system should evolve. He said in a recent interview with The Associated Press, “If we don’t change, they are going to change us.”

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