David Byrne (1989–1992)
The former Talking Heads frontman has never performed in Cuba, but his visits have inspired his solo work — particularly 1989's Rei Momo. Circumventing the trade embargo through a legal loophole, Byrne has released several compilations of Cuban music on his own label, Luaka Bop. "Can music be our enemy?" he writes in the liner notes to his Cuba Classics: Dancing With the Enemy disc. "Can communists have a good time? Is music communist? The music has had people in Cuba dancing for the last three decades. Now it's your turn." He also issued a collection of songs by revolutionary Cuban folk singer Silvio Rodriguez.