Carlos Santana, Lana del Rey, Pitbull, Gloria Estefan… Artists Speaking about Cuba

HAVANA, 7 January  In honor of President Obama’s announcement to begin reestablishing diplomatic and economic ties with Cuba, some inspirational quotes about this wonderful country – Cuba !!!

havana-live-chick-corea“I haven’t traveled in Africa nearly as much as I’d like to. I’ve been there a few times, and I’d like to learn more about the various cultures in Africa. But that’s the basis point of where all of the music that I love is based upon, from Africa to Cuba to Puerto Rico to South America.” Chick Corea.

havana-live-julia-sawalha“Cuba is such a beautiful country, and everywhere you go, there’s music and people dancing – especially in Havana.” Julia Sawalha.

havana-live-lana-del-rey“I wanted a name I could shape the music towards. I was going to Miami quite a lot at the time, speaking a lot of Spanish with my friends from Cuba.” Lana Del Rey.

havana-live-Andy-Garcia 1 “She is Cuba. If you want to love her, you have to be with her, but you can’t be with her in her current state. It’s the point of view of all exiles – you have to leave the thing you cherish most.” Andy Garcia


havana-live-oona-chaplin“I’m part Cuban, so anything with a good beat like Rumberos de Cuba gets me going.” Oona Chaplin.


havana-live-gloria-estephan “I don’t want anything from Cuba. I want them to be free and enjoy the things I enjoy.” Gloria Estefan.


havana-live-Juanes 1 “When we decided to go to Cuba to perform, we did it because we just wanted to build a bridge, you know, between Cuba and the rest of the community. And we just wanted to prove that music and art need to be over all ideology or way to think life, and we just wanted to go in there and play just because of love.” Juanes.


havana-live-megalyn-echikunwoke“One of my favorite places I’ve visited is Havana, Cuba. On my way home from Costa Rica, I did a week in Havana. The colors, the music, the beautiful men and the cars! I love vintage and antique cars and own a couple myself.” Megalyn Echikunwoke.

havana-live-carlos-santana“I realized that it’s all really one, that John Lennon was correct. We utilize the music to bring down the walls of Berlin, to bring up the force of compassion and forgiveness and kindness between Palestines, Hebrews. Bring down the walls here in San Diego, Tijuana, Cuba.” Carlos Santana.

havana-live-pitbull “I won’t perform in Cuba until there’s no more Castro and there’s a free Cuba. To me, Cuba’s the biggest prison in the world, and I would be very hypocritical were I to perform there.Pitbull.


And you? How about you? What do you think about Cuba?  
Artists Speaking about Cuba. What a beautiful country!