OFFICIAL VOICE OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CUBA CENTRAL COMMITTEE

Dozens of Cuban youth are participating today, September 25, in Havana's 21st Mexican Song Contest, featuring iconic works such as those composed by José Alfredo Jiménez and Tomás Méndez.

The Casa de Cultura in the municipality of Plaza de la Revolución will host two rounds of competition for amateur and professional singers, between 17 and 35 years of age.

Prior to the competition today, participants gather to express solidarity with the people of Mexico, following the devastating earthquake which occurred there September 19, causing major loss of life and material damage.

The event's organizer and director of the Mariana de Gonitch Choral Institute, Hugo Oslé, told Prensa Latina that the 21st edition of the contest bears the name of Lolita López, considered Cuba's greatest ranchera voice and one of the most important performers of Mexican music on the island.

López is heading the jury which also includes the Mexican embassy's cultural attaché, Javier Villaseñor; Cuban singer Alina Clemente; among other cultural figures.

The contest, open to the public, features all genre of popular Mexican music and is organized in conjunction with the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP).