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International Commission of Inquiry into the Case of the Cuban Five

Voices for the Five Concert

On the first evening of the Commission, a spectacular concert,

‘Voices for Cuba’, saw an audience of 2,000 at London’s

prestigious Barbican Centre welcome stars of Cuba’s famous

Buena Vista Social Club, Eliades Ochoa and Omara Portuondo.

As well as the wonderful music, the audience appreciated a

special performance, drawn from amongst the most respected

and celebrated actors in the UK, who read from letters and

poems written between the Five and their families. The readings

opened with words from internationally acclaimed US writer Alice

Walker and ended with an emotional speech from Irma González,

daughter of René, who moved many to tears with her words.

The evening ended with a rousing and impromptu rendition of

the Cuban anthem ‘Guantanamera’ with the full house standing,

dancing and singing along with Omara Portuondo who sang the

words “Volverán” and “They will return” as she left the stage.

It was a truly memorable evening.

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