Dave Matthews is visiting Cuba, where he spoke to NBC News about the country’s improving relations with the United States.
Dave is part of the U.S. Presidential Committee on the Arts and Humanities, which is spending four days this week in the Communist island nation. Other celebrities involved include Usher, Smokey Robinson and actor Kal Penn.
“There’s a lot that the world can get from this country,” Dave said. “A lot of arts, creativity and talent and knowledge, medicine, new ideas. And then Cuba can gain the advantage of being compensated for what it has to offer.”
In this separate interview posted by Cuban news site CiberCuba, Dave said the United States could learn a lot from Cuba:
Dave Matthews, Usher and Smokey Robinson will lead a U.S. delegation’s cultural visit to Cuba next week.
The musicians will travel to the capital, Havana, as part of the White House’s Presidential Committee on the Arts and Humanities. Actor Kal Penn and Lourdes Lopez, director of the Miami City Ballet, are among the other artists participating. The four-day visit begins Monday.
“Our delegation will have the opportunity to explore our common humanity and shared values with our friends and colleagues in Cuba,” said George Stevens, co-chairman of the committee, according to the Miami Herald.