In Ethiopia, singers and dancers on Wednesday (13 September) entertained visiting Cuban leader Fidel Castro, as part of the country's celebrating the fourth anniversary of Emperor Haile Selassie's downfall.
SV PAN Group of singers and band performing pop song.
CU Dr. Fidel Castro (at left) seated with Ethiopian leader, Lt-Col Mengistu Haile Mariam ZOOM IN TO SCU woman seated behind Castro.
SV Group singing, end song, Castro and audience applaud. (2 shots)
SV Dancer performing to handclapping as Castro watches (3 shots)
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Background: In Ethiopia, singers and dancers on Wednesday (13 September) entertained visiting Cuban leader Fidel Castro, as part of the country's celebrating the fourth anniversary of Emperor Haile Selassie's downfall.
SYNOPSIS: The entertainment came from theatrical and folk troupes in the capital, Addis Ababa. President Castro was the leading guest from the communist world at the celebrations. Cuba, according to western intelligence sources, has supplied around seventeen thousand troops which helped Ethiopia fight off an attack from neighbouring Somalia last March.
Some two thousands Cuban troops have been reported helping Ethiopia against secessionist troops in the northern province of Eritrea. Dr Castro's host at the entertainment was Ethiopia's military leader, Lieutenant-Colonel Mengistu Haile Mariam.
This pop song of Spanish background was a gesture for the main guest. Other songs were revolutionary exultations of Ethiopia, Cuba and their leaders.
Then came the dancers, this time providing an African beat, with a choir in the background chanting and handclapping to the beat. This entertainment was a decisive change of pace for President Castro, who, earlier that day, had watched a huge military parade with President Mengistu. The martial sounds there were the rumble and clatter of Soviet-made tanks, trucks, artillery, missile launcher carriers, and the scream of MIG jets overhead.
Diplomatic sources said Dr Castro might undertake a sterner task than watching dancers during his visit. There has been speculation that he might urge another try at negotiations between Eritrean guerrillas and the Ethiopians his men have been helping as advisers.