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Sept. 24, 1999.

HAVANANS SAY VAN VAN DANCE GROUP HAS "NO LINKS TO FIDEL" By Tania Quintero, Cuba Free Press Project.

HAVANA - A segment of the Cuban exile community in Miami, who many Havanans say are as intolerant as "Castristas" themselves, managed to get the temporary cancelation of a concert by a Cuban dance band, The Van Van, scheduled for Oct. 9 at the city's Knight Center.

Some Havanans said the pretext was laughable since the popular group founded by Juan Formell 30 years ago as a "Communist band" has been touring the United States for five weeks and only in Miami have there been any problems. It will be the Miamians' loss because most Cuban believe The Van Van is the best Cuban dance band and few here believe it now has any links with Fidel Castro or his regime. (Ed. note: The concert has since been rescheduled for Oct. 11.)

Two members of Cuban rock group Síntesis asked for political asylum in Miami. Eugenio Doria del Valle, 31, and Jorge Luis Almarales, 32, traveled by bus from California where the group was performing and showed up at the Miami office of Cuban-born Congresswoman Ileana Ross, saying they wanted to stay in the United States. Almarales leaves a pregnant wife in Cuba. The remaining members of Síntesis concluded the tour and returned to Cuba.

Tania Quintero, Cuba Free Press Project.


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