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Despite visa challenges, Cuban musicians make it to LA In October, a mysterious sonic attack made U.S embassy workers sick. They were evacuated, and the embassy was partially closed. That made it hard to get visas for the Cuban musicians scheduled to come to LA this weekend for the festival “Cuba: Antes, Ahora / Cuba: Then, Now.” But the musicians have arrived, and we get a preview of what to expect. Hip-hop artist Telmary "Tres" guitarist Pancho Amat Afro-Cuban jazz drummer Yissy Garcia All photos by Danay Napoles
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