“I don’t like to get mixed up in anything political,” (a snark-free, straight-faced) New York Times quoting Juan Formell
From the Castro regime's KGB-founded and mentored media:
First Secretary Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, Political Bureau member and First Vice President of the Councils of State and Ministers, who came to pay tribute to the outstanding artist, called Formell genuine expression of Cuban identity.
Fernando González, one of five Cuban antiterrorist fighters who suffered long and wrongful conviction in the United States, said that listening to music Formell and Los Van Van, when it was allowed in prison, was like getting a piece of our land .
He recalled that one of his songs, the’m entitled, says in one of his verses: I am Van Van, I am Cuba, which is an undeniable reality.
René González, the other anti-terrorist fighter who is also in the country after serving his sentence, said that Formell Cuban culture is personified, his flavor, his joy, his humor and spirit that have fueled the Cuban people for over 40 years.
Many personalities from various fields of Cuban society come to pay tribute to the talented and beloved artist and a long line of people parading the town permanently to the box where his ashes, which remained at the National Theatre until seven o’clock this evening.