Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
They call themselves Los Papines, these four Cuban brothers. They are master of Afro-Cuban percussion.
Tuesday night the Smithsonian Institution held a reception for them in the elegant surroundings of the lounge of the original Smithsonian building, the Castle.
Many people from the Latin American community were there to greet and mingle with the percussionists, among the first Cuban artists to visit this country since the Castro revolution.
The result was a joyous melange of music-making, conversation and eating. Roast chicken, rice and beans, fried bananas - all Cuban specialities - were served. People from Spain, El Salvador, Chile, Bolivia, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic were there.
Los Papines - Richardo, Luis, Alfredo and Jesus Abreau - are in the United States at the invitation of the Venceremos Brigade, a group of young North Americans of different ethnic groups who journey to Cuba every year to help in the sugarcane harvest.
Audrey Hair, a member of the board of Venceremos, said the group had been trying to bring a Cuban cultural group to this country for several years for the July 26 celebration, the annual commemoration of the 1959 revolution.
Last week: they were in New York for performances with the Jazzmobile workshops and a concert at Lincoln Center. This week in Washington they will take part in workshops and perform Firday night at All Soul's Church, 16th and Harvard Streets NW.
James Early, of the African [WORD ILLEGIBLE] section of the Smithsonian said a reception was given for Los Papines because of the group's musical imprtance. "The time has come for the normalization on relations with Cuba," he said.
Early also said the group's visit was not a reciprocal move for the appearance several American jazz musicians, including Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz, made in Havana in May.
After leaving here Saturday morning, Los Papines will go on to Philadelphia, Oakland and Austin, Tex., for appearances.