Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
In a rare social event for the Cuban delegation here Monday night, the Grupo Moncada, one of Cuba's top folk groups, began a goodwill tour of the United States, the first such performing arts tour in 20 years.
The event was held just two days after President Carter, speaking in Spokane, Wash., had delivered his sharpest warning so far against the use of Cuban troops in Africa.
For the most part, no one wanted to talk about that. After all, said one Howard University professor, "How do you expect people in the Cuban embassy to feel about a statement like that?"
Carter also accused the Sovicts of "innate racism" towards blanks. "That's so far from reality," said Rene Majica, senior secretary of the Cuban delegation, actually called the Cuban Interest Section, since full diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States do not exist.
A Tanzanian official, one of several African diplomats present, said he also disagreed with Carter. "The Africans are being forced by situations beyond their control to request help from the Moscow/Cuban connection because the freedom fighters cannot get arns from the West. This is not to say that we are choosing Eastern colonialism as opposed to Westren colonialism. We want neither, and this seems to be a problem for the powers that be," he said.
"I just came to have a good time, hear good music, eat good food," said former senator Vance Hartke, who is pushing for renewed trade between Cuba and the United States. Also present were Bobay Seale, former head of the Black Panther Party, and Soviet Ambassador Anatoliy F. Dobrynin.