A host of Cuban musicians nominated at this year's Grammy Awards have been
refused visas to attend the American ceremony this weekend (08FEB04).
BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB star Ibrahim Ferrer, percussionist AMADITO VALDES,
veteran guitarist MANUEL GALVAN, and singer Barbarito Torres received letters
from the US INTERESTS SECTION in Havana, denying their visa requests and citing
212f of US Immigration and Naturalization Law.
The clause states that the American president can deny US entry to
foreigners when their coming to the country is deemed "detrimental to the
interests of the United States".
Vice Minister of Culture ABEL ACOSTA fumes, "Something as noble as music
is being converted into a policy against Cuba."