Cuban ‘President’ Says Goodbye to New York with Salsa Dance, Bongo Performance
Cuban “President” Miguel Díaz-Canel, who is subordinate to dictator Raúl Castro, appeared on video salsa dancing and playing drums at an event to cap off his visit to the United Nations in New York last week.
The visit – nominally to speak at the U.N. General Assembly, though his subsequent outings appear to make it seem like more of a vacation – concluded with his return to Havana Sunday evening. The Castro regime typically bans Cubans from making such trips to the United States, particularly if they are known to support democracy and human rights.
On Monday, the Spain-based Diario de Cuba published a video reportedly showing Díaz-Canel enjoying his last moments in the United States at a concert by a band featuring the son of Cuban Revolution figure Juan Almeida Bosque.
The outlet CiberCuba reports that the clip of Díaz-Canel dancing salsa appears to have been uploaded online by the Cuban ambassador to Belgium Norma Goicochea Estenoz, who celebrated the figureheads moves. “My president dancing at an event concluding his excellent first visit to the United Nations in New York,” she reportedly wrote on Sunday.
The videos appear to be of the same event given the appearance of the location and Díaz-Canel wearing the same clothes in both. It was not, reportedly, the only time that Díaz-Canel played drums during his stay in New York, however.
During another event, Díaz-Canel – who, like most of the Castro regime’s leaders, is white – was photographed playing bongos at an event at Riverside Church in Harlem with attendees dressed in white, a color with deep significance in the Cuban Yoruba/Lukumí pagan community, which is largely Afro-Cuban.
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