Jim Smith, a guest on IE's people-to-people Cuba travel  program in January 2013 commemorated his experience with a series of poems, which he has graciously agreed to share.
a cappella choir sings
In the small town of Cienfuegos there is a state funded "a cappella" choir which has performed and competed internationally. They sang different selections for our group, including an American spiritual. It was outstanding and exhibited pure professionalism. - January 18, 2013, Cienfuegos, Cuba