If since last May 22 Cubans were seduced by an artificial beach “hand made it” on the Malecon, and a skating ice, two dissimilar facilities the 12th Havana Biennial at Havana’s seawall, now ‘succumb’ to the presence of the legendary American photographer Annie Leibovitz and the Barbadian singer Robyn Rihanna Fenty, better known as Rihanna.
The news came via the Facebook page of Restaurant-Paladar La Fontana in Miramar, where was the star of hip-hop, on the recommendation of his friend Beyoncé, looking for local food.
There she dined black beans, barbecues sausage, pork chop and steak grandmother, accompanied by daiquiris and traditional Cuban music.
According to international media, Leibovitz (author of the famous image DeJohn Lennon and Yoko Ono naked on the bed in his apartment in New York) came to Havana for days to find locations where work with the Barbadian singer, who arrived Wednesday in a private plane.
Pop singer moved along with various video equipment, from side to side in a 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II and Plymouth 1948, two models of classic American cars of the forties and fifties still circulating in Havana and several provinces, known as ‘almendrones’.
Rihanna was changed several times costume for a photo shoot in special places selected by Leibovitz: a magnificent colonial house in the neighborhood of Vedado, the entrance to the building where the restaurant La Guarida, scene of the film Strawberry and Chocolate is located, Tomas Gutierrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabio in 1993, and the bar La Rosa, one of the streets of the Hill, where an incredible stir to get the singer formed.
Neighbors uploaded on rooftops threw him kisses and she returned them, until, after two bullies Bocoy rums, Rihanna broke the cordon and walked into the crowd with his camera shooting Leibovitz. Numerous safety equipment that goes with it, composed of both Cubans and members of his personal staff, was very tense and aggressive photographers and television cameras who wanted to capture new images of popular singer on the island, reported the portal Cubasí.
Judging by the movements in the capital, all indications are that Rihanna recorded a music video and although no definite date, is expected to soon publish its new eighth album, as it has already released several singles, including ‘American Oxygen’ ‘Bitch better have my money’, ‘James Joint’ and ‘FourFiveSeconds’ along with rapper Kanye West and the ‘ex-Beatle Paul McCartney latter.
Since the United States and Cuba announced the restoration of diplomatic relations between the two countries last December 17, many Americans have agreed to legally travel to the island without the difficulties of the past. Rihanna joins the long list of celebrities who have visited Cuba: the rapper Jay-Z and his wife Beyoncé, Paris Hilton and the models Naomi Campbell, American comedian Conan O’Brien, actors Kevin Spacey, Jack Nicholson, Sean Penn, Danny Glover, Jodie Foster, Will Smith and James Belushi, entre otros.