Harry Belafonte, who supports improved relations with Cuba, held a benefit concert for the Center for Cuban Studies, a nonprofit organization with the same mission.

"We want to celebrate Cuban culture, especially the music of Cuba with this concert," the entertainer said. "It is such a major part of the cultural heritage of the Americas, and it would be very difficult to find a nation more committed to the development of the culture of its people, than what I have witnessed in Cuba."

The event, held Monday at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, was emceed by actor Danny Glover.