HAVANA – Musicians from Cuba and Venezuela performed at an event to wish Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez good health in the Casa del Alba Cultural in Havana, the official AIN news agency reported.
The event took place on Friday and was attended by diplomats from the Venezuelan Embassy on the island, and it celebrated the Chavez’s return to Miraflores Palace – the presidential residence – after concluding his third round of chemotherapy at the Military Hospital in Caracas.
Participating in the “cantata” were Cuban singers Eduardo Sosa and Sori, as well as the group Soy Bolivariano, which performed music from Venezuela’s cattle country and has a Venezuelan army lieutenant colonel, captain and sergeant as members.
Chavez’s return to Miraflores is “a new heroic victory,” Venezuelan Embassy cultural attache Heiber Barreto told AIN.
Meanwhile, Sosa, who is the host of a musical series at the Casa del Alba Cultural, said that singing for Chavez “is singing for the triumph of a better world.”
Chavez was hospitalized in Caracas last Saturday to receive a third round of chemotherapy and to continue with the anti-cancer treatment that was begun in Havana several months ago.
On June 30, the Venezuelan leader announced that he had cancer and said he had undergone surgery 10 days earlier in Cuba to remove a cancerous tumor from his pelvic region.
Upon returning to the Miraflores Palace following the successful completion of his third round of chemotherapy, president Chávez was met by thousands of Venezuelan citizens who had gathered to welcome him home.
The citizens accompanied the president's vehicle as it made its way to the national palace, showing their support for the president by waving flags and chanting messages of solidarity, including the now widely used; "Chávez, friend, the people are with you".