The contest is carried out in Havana with the support of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP)
Dozens of young Cubans are competing today in Havana in the 21st Mexican Song Contest, with works from icons of that kind of music, such as Jose Alfredo Jimenez and Tomas Mendez.
The Plaza de la Revolucion Municipality’s Culture House will host the two competitive rounds featuring professional and amateur singers, from 17 to 35 years old.
Prior to the beginning of the contest, the participants will carry out a solidarity activity and support to the Mexican people, who suffered a great earthquake on September 19 that even motivated the government of the capital of the country to issue a declaration of Natural Disaster in Mexico City.
The organizer of the event and director of the Mariana de Gonitch Singing Academy, Hugo Osle, told Prensa Latina that the 21st edition of the contest is named after Cuban Lolita Lopez, for being considered the ‘ranchera’ voice of Cuba and one of the great singers of the Mexican repertoire in this island.
Lopez will preside over the jury composed also by Javier Villaseñor, cultural attaché of the Mexican Embassy in Cuba; Cuban singer Alina Clemente and other personalities of the national culture.
The contest, open to the public, admits all genres of the Mexican popular and folk music, and is carried out with the support of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP).