Dirty danc­ing in Ha­vana with the Queen of Pop

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

Madonna cel­e­brated her 58th birth­day on Au­gust 16 in Ha­vana, danc­ing to Cuban beats dur­ing a night on the town and draw­ing crowds as she toured the city.

The Ma­te­rial Girl’s visit got a write-up in the Cuban Com­mu­nist party’s of­fi­cial news­pa­per, which re­ported that she “toured dif­fer­ent city squares to start the first day of her visit, which will last un­til Wed­nes­day [yes­ter­day]”.

It said the US pop su­per­star was in Cuba with her el­dest daugh­ter, Lour­des, a 19-year-old model whose fa­ther is Cuban dancer and fit­ness trainer Carlos Leon.

Amer­i­can pho­tog­ra­pher Steven Klein and stylists B Ak­er­lund and Andy Le­compte are trav­el­ling with them, it said.

Madonna posted a pic­ture of her­self to her Twit­ter ac­count with the cap­tion “Cuba Li­bre”.

It shows her wear­ing a re­veal­ing black dress with yel­low flow­ers and smil­ing as she tips a black hat.

Videos posted on­line by fans show her dressed in the same out­fit strolling through the streets of Old Ha­vana and danc­ing to Cuban beats at a restau­rant in the his­toric city cen­ter as on­look­ers cheer.

The news site Cubade­bate said Madonna was plan­ning a “big party” with the “rhythms and fla­vors” of Cuba.

Madonna is the lat­est in a string of US celebri­ties to visit Cuba since its his­toric rap­proche­ment with long-time en­emy the United States was an­nounced in De­cem­ber 2014.

Leonardo Di­Caprio, Bey­once, Jay-Z, Katy Perry, Kanye West, Usher, Paris Hil­ton, and Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kar­dashian have all toured the Caribbean is­land re­cently.

US cit­i­zens are still of­fi­cially banned from trav­el­ling to Cuba as tourists un­der the em­bargo Wash­ing­ton has main­tained on Ha­vana since the 1960s.

But Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s ad­min­is­tra­tion has loos­ened travel re­stric­tions, en­abling more Amer­i­cans to make the trip un­der per­mit­ted cat­e­gories such as “cul­tural ex­changes”.

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