21:51 GMT +320 October 2019
Listen Live
    Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones is seen on a giant screen as he performs during a free outdoor concert at Ciudad Deportiva de la Habana sports complex in Havana, March 25, 2016.

    Rock Legends Rolling Stones Give Historic Concert in Cuba (VIDEO)

    © REUTERS / Ueslei Marcelino
    Life
    Get short URL
    458
    Subscribe

    The United Kingdom’s legendary rock group Rolling Stones gave a free concert in Cuba, a country where foreign music was banned for decades.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Friday night gig comes amid the normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States.

    According to the NBC News network, around 500,000 people gathered to watch the band perform.

    "Hello Havana! Good evening to my Cuban people," lead singer Mick Jagger said to the crowd, as quoted by the media outlet.

    The concert takes place days after Barack Obama became the first US President to visit the island nation in over 90 years.

    In December 2014, Obama announced that the United States would begin to normalize relations with Cuba after more than 50 years of non-engagement and hostilities. While the two countries reopened embassies in their respective capitals in July 2015, the congressionally-mandated US trade embargo continues to remain in effect.

    Fans take photographs with their mobile phones before a free outdoor concert by the Rolling Stones at Ciudad Deportiva de la Habana sports complex in Havana, Cuba March 25, 2016.
    © REUTERS / Ueslei Marcelino
    Fans take photographs with their mobile phones before a free outdoor concert by the Rolling Stones at Ciudad Deportiva de la Habana sports complex in Havana, Cuba March 25, 2016.

    Related:

    US, Cuba Can Coexist in Civilized Manner Regardless of Differences
    US, Cuba Continue to Have Deep Differences on Human Rights – Obama
    US Congressman Calls for Returning Guantanamo Bay to Cuba
    Lifting of Cuba Embargo Opposed by Minority of US Republican Party Members
    Tags:
    music, rock, Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, Britain, Cuba, Havana
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik