Tokyo, Oct 17 – The saxophonist César López and the Habana Ensemble group have concluded a successful tour of 19 cities in this country, with a massive concert that was part of the activities to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first Japanese on Cuban soil.Last night’s concert at the Nakano Sun Plaza Hall, a 2,300 seat theater in Tokyo filled to capacity, concluded a month of performances on Japanese soil that proved the Japanese appetite for Cuban music.
The tour by Lopez and the Havana Ensemble was dedicated to the visit of the first Japanese in Cuba four centuries ago, the samurai Hasekura Tsunenaga, who landed in Havana in 1614 during a trip to Spain and the Vatican that lasted until 1620 and was named Mission Keisho.
The well-received performance last night was a farewell of sorts, after successes in Hiroshima, Sapporo, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Kobe, Osaka, and at several spots in Tokyo, and was also dedicated to the upcoming celebration of the Day of Cuban Culture.
Lopez and the musicians of Habana Ensemble also recognized the 50th anniversary of the Association of Min-On Concerts, sponsor of this tour along with the Cuban Music Institute and the Cuban Embassy in Japan.
Deputies, Japanese Foreign Ministry officials, representatives of solidarity groups with Cuba and representatives of the diplomatic corps accompanied Ambassador Marcos Rodriguez and the staff of the Cuban embassy during this memorable night of Cuban music.
Source: Prensa Latina