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Usher among U.S. artistes visiting Cuba


Havana –  A U.S. delegation of cultural leaders and artistes, including Usher and Kal Penn, have arrived Havana, Cuba as part of a four-day artistic exchange.

The 33-person cultural delegation visited Cuba’s famous University of the Arts, where musicians performed a concert with classical music and folkloric dance performances.

Kal Penn, best known as the character Dr Lawrence Kutner, on the television series House, said he hoped to establish relationships that would fuel continued creative projects.

“Our hope is that we will not just have the chance to be here these four days, but come back regularly.

“We will work with some of our Cuban counterparts and maybe make some movies together, make some art together, I think that will be great,” he added.

The tour comes on the heels of U.S. President Barack Obama’s historic trip to Cuba last month, the first by a U.S. President in 88 years.

Although the two countries lie just 90 miles (145 kilometers) from each other, most Americans had never visited the nation because of the Cold War-era embargo.

The artistes would be in Cuba through Thursday (April 21) and plan to hold meetings with Cuban government officials and directors of cultural institutions to identify further opportunities for artistic cooperation.

The four-day tour which began on Monday, April 19 ends on Thursday. (Reuters/NAN)

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