Havana, January 18 (RHC)-- More than 10,400 pounds of hospital supplies and musical instruments arrived today in Havana thanks to the solidarity efforts of U.S.-based Cuban musician and composer Ignacio "Nachito" Herrera.
Upon his arrival at José Martí International Airport, the Minnesota-based musical director and arranger explained that this donation, worth more than one million dollars, is the result of the collaboration of many Americans and Cubans who feel a deep affection for the island.
He affirmed that this is the best way to foster respectful and civilized relations between the two countries. Nachito Herrera is visiting Cuba for the Jazz Plaza 2022 International Festival, his producer Aurora González, and a delegation made up of members of solidarity organizations from Minnesota and other states in that northern country.
I bring my music and my love for Cuba," said the artist to the press, who also arrived accompanied by other musicians, businessmen from the world of the arts, doctors, and health specialists from this state.
The Cuban Music Institute president, Indira Fajardo, explained that the donation would benefit the island's health system, the Amadeo Roldán Conservatory, and the country's art schools.
He recalled that music, and jazz, in particular, have historically brought the United States and Cuba closer together, and this edition of Jazz Plaza will be an example of that.
Within the framework of the International Festival, Nachito Herrera will complete a program of presentations that includes today's Inaugural Gala concert at the Avellaneda Hall of the National Theater, along with American and Cuban musicians.
On January 23, they will participate in the Cuba Vive Gala held at the Havana Malecon.