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Musician Carlos Varela Seeks to Bridge US, Cuban Audiences

Singer-songwriter Carlos Varela, dubbed “The Poet of Havana,” has walked a cultural tightrope in Cuba for decades, questioning the island's communist government in his lyrics, while also hitting out at Washington's five-decades-old trade embargo. His songs earned him a following on both sides of the Florida Straits despite their Cold War divide. Artists hope the thaw in relations and a documentary about Varela will allow them to bring audiences closer together in both...

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