Olga Tañon to Play Cuba

The Puerto Rican singer announces December show

Puerto Rican pop singer Olga Tañon is set to perform two shows in Cuba in December. It will be a return engagement: Tañón joined Juanes and other artists for the “Peace Without Borders” concert in Havana in 2009.

“The love, caring respect and brotherhood that the Cuban people have shown me for many, many years is immense,” Tañon said in a statement to press. “We are forming the introduction to the book that others want to write.” She is presumably referring to other artists’ interest in performing on the island spurred by the thaw in relations with the United States.

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Tañon will play in Santiago de Cuba on Dec. 5, and will perform on Havana’s outdoor Antimperialist Stage outside the christened U.S. Embassy (formerly the U.S. Interests Section) on Dec. 12. She will be joined by Descemer Bueno and other Cuban artists.

Earth, Wind & Fire, however, will not be playing in Cuba as was reported earlier. A show by the group was announced on Cuba's nightly news by Cuban Music Institute President Orlando Vistel and reported in the online Cuban music magazine Vistar. According to the reports, the group had set  a Cuba concert for the last week of March, part of the Havana World Music Festival.

However, a spokesperson for EFW said the group had no immediate plans to play in Cuba and the reports were innacurate. 

"The reports of Earth, Wind & Fire performing in Cuba on the Havana World Music Festival 2016 are inaccurate," said the statement provided to Billboard.  "EWF will NOT be performing in Cuba in March as has been reported.  This spring, Earth, Wind & Fire will be on the Heart & Soul Tour with Chicago in the US.  We are looking forward to performing in Cuba in the future."

All official EWF tour dates can be found at: www.earthwindandfire.com/tour.

UPDATE: An earlier version of this story said Earth, Wind & Fire would be performing in Cuba as well. We have corrected the error.


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