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Fidel Castro Attends Concert Of Manic Street Preachers - Prensa Latina, 18th February 2001

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Title: Fidel Castro Attends Concert Of Manic Street Preachers
Publication: Prensa Latina
Date: Sunday 18th February 2001


Dressed in fatigues, Cuban President Fidel Castro today attended the British rock band Manic Street Preachers' sole concert held at the Karl Marx Theatre in Havana.

Accompanied by Culture Minister Abel Prieto, the president joined approximately 5,000 people, mostly youths, who enjoyed the performance of the first major UK group that visits Cuba.

Trash sound, heavy metal, funk, and ballads were part of the repertoire of Manic Street Preachers, which kept in suspense the audience present at the large theatre decked out with Cuban flags and the Welsh dragon representing the homeland of Nick, James, and Sean, the group's members.

At a news conference held on 16 February, the musicians praised the Cuban people's sense of independence and said that they would be very honoured if Fidel Castro attended their concert.

A major English-speaking rock group had not performed in the island since 17 March 1979, when Billy Joel, Rita Coolidge, Kris Kristoferson, Weather Report, Billy Swan, and the late bassist Jaco Pastorius, among other US musicians, also performed at the Karl Marx Theatre.

Manic Street Preachers performance took place at the express request of the band members and the steps taken by the British Council in Cuba and the Culture Ministry of the largest Antillean nation.

The wonderful voice and instrumental performance of guitar player and singer James Dean Bradfield, the sympathy and good moves of bassist Nick Wire, and the enthusiasm of percussionist Sean Moore stood out during the concert.

Cuban trumpeter Yasek Manzano, a member of the jazz group Bellita y Sus Tumbacta, played two of the songs, showing his virtuosity with the trumpet.

Bradfield's performance of the song Baby Elian, which is included in the Know the Enemy CD - to be released soon - and which is dedicated to Cuban boy Elian Gonzalez, who was kidnapped in the United States, put an emotional note during the concert.


Ataviado de su uniforme verde olivo, el presidente cubano Fidel Castro asistio al concierto unico de la superbanda britanica Manic Street Preachers, que se efectuo en el teatro Karl Marx de esta capital.

Acompanado de Abel Prieto, ministro de Cultura, el mandatario se unio a los cerca de cinco mil asistentes, en su inmensa mayoria jovenes, que fueron a disfrutar de la actuacion de la primera agrupacion importante del Reino Unido que visita Cuba.

Sonido trash, heavy metal, funky y baladas integraron el repertorio de Manic Street Preachers que puso en vilo a los asistentes a la inmensa instalacion, engalanada con banderas cubanas y la del dragon gales, patria chica de Nick, James y Sean, los miembros de la agrupacion.

Los musicos, la vispera, en conferencia de prensa, alabaron el sentido de independencia del pueblo cubano y dijeron que se sentirian muy honrados si Fidel Castro asistia al concierto.

Desde el 27 de marzo de 1979 no se presentaba en la isla una gran delegacion de rock anglosajona, cuando en aquella ocasion actuaron en el propio Karl Marx, Billy Joel, Rita Coolidge, Kris Kristoferson, Wheather Report, Billy Swan y el difunto bajista Jaco Pastorius, entre otros musicos norteamericanos.

La actuacion de Manic Street Preachers se produjo por deseo expreso de sus integrantes y la gestion auspiciadora del Consejo Britanico en Cuba y el Ministerio de Cultura de la Mayor de las Antillas. En el concierto destaco la magnifica voz y dotes instrumentales del guitarrista y cantante James Dean Bradfield, la simpatia y buen hacer del bajista Nick Wire, y el entusiasmo del percusionista Sean Moore.

El trompetista cubano Yasek Manzano, miembro del grupo de jazz Bellita y sus Tumbacta, participo en dos de las piezas con su virtuosismo en el instrumento.

Momento emocionante en la velada, lo fue la interpretacion por James Dean Bradfield, de la pieza Baby Elian, que forma parte del CD Know the Enemy, de proxima aparicion, y la cual esta dedicada al nino cubano Elian Gonzalez, que sufrio secuestro en Estados Unidos.