Dave Matthews Visits Communist Cuba, Then Warns Cubans About Americans Visiting Cuba

Penny Starr
By Penny Starr | May 2, 2016 | 2:38 PM EDT

Multi-million-dollar pop musician

Dave Matthews.  (AP) 

Musician and liberal activist Dave Matthews recently traveled to Communist Cuba as part of a cultural delegation of U.S. musicians who wanted to take advantage of the new relations between that country and the United States by meeting and playing with some of their Cuban counterparts.

But Matthews apparently doesn’t want his fellow citizens to follow in his footsteps, according to National Public Radio, which aired a story on the musical journey on Weekend Edition Saturday.

“During his visit, Matthews worried about the impending wave of American tourists and how they might change the character of Cuba,” reporter Mandalit Del Barco said.

“You know, let's go to Havana and see what it's like,” Matthews said. “Apparently it's falling down.”

“It's frozen and, you know, that kind of thing makes me want to go crazy,” Matthews said. “I want to get a megaphone and scream, emergency, the Americans are coming.”

“Hold on to what you have 'cause it's going to be a hell of a storm,” Matthews said.

Matthews, who was joined by Smokey Robinson and Usher, also said U.S. taxes should be raised to pay for more arts education.

“Matthews was impressed by Cuba's commitment to arts education and he said he wishes the U.S. had the same for its public schools,” Del Barco said.

“I could have my taxes raised by 30 percent if my government told me they would teach my children to play music and art and ingrain it in my country,” Matthews said. “I wouldn't be the least bit upset.”

According to Forbes, the Dave Matthews Band has a net worth of $51 million

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