HAVANA, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- The Venezuelan traditional music show "Corazon Llanero" kicked off here on Sunday its first stage of an international tour, in honor of veteran Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who turned 90 on Saturday.
Over 40 artists from the Foundation "Corazon Llanero" (Heart from the Plains) joined the celebration to mark the 90th birthday of the Cuban "Chief Commander", who initiated a socialist revolution in the Caribbean nation.
The three-hour show was broadcasted live by the official television and gathered many Cuban musical elites, such as Omara Portuondo, winner of Latin Grammy Award.
Captain Juan Escalona, Chairman of the Foundation, said that he was satisfied with the realization of the "International Corazon Llanero" after 27 concerts throughout Venezuela.
"Corazon Llanero" was put forward by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and it is the first time for it to perform out of Venezuela, while next stages will cover other Latin American nations.
Maduro arrived early on Saturday and participated together with his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro and former President Fidel Castro in a cultural gala marking the birthday of Fidel.
Caracas has been Havana's close ally in politics and economy for the last 15 years.