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THE MISSING CUBAN MUSICIANS
by Ned Sublette, Cuba Research & Analysis Group, 6/24/04

This 34 page report reviews the history of the current blanket ban the US government has put on any Cuban musicians coming to the US. It is available as a PDF download, 101KB. See the table of contents below.

Ned Sublette is the co-founder of Qbadisc, a musician, and now an author with a book out on the history of Cuban music. He has played an important role in the last 15 years, building bridges between Cuba and the US around music. 

The report was the subject of an on-line broadcast by Louis Head, Cuba Research & Analysis Group, and immigration attorney Bill Martinez, who produced three valuable appendices in the report regarding visa processing, and made many suggestions and comments. Bill Martinez has played a  leading role over the years in making it possible for many Cuban musicians to enter the country. Timba.com has details on this broadcast. It appears as if this broadcast will be archived, check back with us for the link.

Table of Contents

Forward by Louis Head, Cuba Research & Analysis Group

1. INTRODUCTION

2. THE IMPORTANCE OF CUBAN MUSIC

    A. HISTORICALLY

    B. AT PRESENT

3. A BRIEF HISTORY OF POST-REVOLUTIONARY MUSICAL RELATIONS

4. LEGAL ISSUES

    A. TRADING WITH THE ENEMY

    B. A "STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM"?

    C. THE REAGAN PROCLAMATION

    D. THE BERMAN AMENDMENT

    E. THE TWO-TRACK POLICY

    F. EXEMPTION

5. 2001 AND BEYOND

    A. NEW MEASURES

    B. THE TRAVEL BAN INTENSIFIED

    C. RETURN OF THE REAGAN PROCLAMATION

    D. THE SECURITY ADVISORY OPINION

6. CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

    A. GENERAL

    B. SPECIFIC

7. CONTRIBUTORS TO THIS REPORT

APPENDIX 1: SUMMARY OF VISA PROCEDURES

APPENDIX 2: SAMPLE INSTANCES OF VISA DENIALS

APPENDIX 3: EXCERPTS FROM US INTERESTS SECTION (HAVANA) WEBSITE

APPENDIX 4: CURRENT US POLICY RE: ENTRY OF CUBANS INTO THE US

 

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