Afro Cubans Abound at Kennedy Center Festival

By Lenore T. Adkins, Special to the AFRO

A two-week festival at the Kennedy Center highlighting Cuba’s vibrant cultural arts scene in music, dance, visual arts, cinema, theater, fashion and other disciplines includes Cuban artists of African descent.

“Artes de Cuba: From the Island to the World” will showcase more than 400 Cuban and Cuban-American artists spanning 50 performances between May 8 through May 20.

Yissy Garcia, a Cuban drummer and composer who fuses R&B, funk, Latin jazz, Afro-Cuban music and electronic music. (Photo by Eric Politzer)

Center officials don’t have an exact count on the number of Afro Cubans appearing during the two-week stretch, because it mostly depends on who self identifies as such, they said. But a look at the program shows there will be a significant…

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