Olga Tañon & Earth, Wind and Fire to Play in Havana

HAVANA, Nov. 30th. Puerto Rican pop singer Olga Tañon is set to perform two shows in Cuba in December.

It will be a return engagement: Tañón joined Juanesand 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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While the Rolling Stones’ rumored Havana show has not been announced, Earth, Wind & Fire has set a Cuba concert for the last week of March, part of the Havana World Music Festival.

The upcoming show by the Earth, Wind and Fire Experience featuring Al Mckay was announced on Cuba’s national nightly news by Cuban Music Institute President Orlando Vistel and reported in the online Cuban music magazine Vistar.

 “Tierra, Viento y Fuego” as they are known in Spanish, was an influence on Havana musicians in the 1970s, when bands like Los Van Van began to combine the groove of American r&b and funk with Cuban music.

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.