|Dunya News, 13 August,2011|
There were no announced celebrations of Castro’s birthday, though a concert was held in his honour.
Fidel Castro marked his 85th birthday outside of the public spotlight Saturday, with little fanfare around the aging revolutionary icon who is rarely seen in public these days but still casts a long shadow over Cuban society.
There were no announced celebrations of Castro s birthday, though the previous night two dozen musical acts from across Latin America held a concert in his honour.
“What we say in the songs of our invited artists will be little next to what he deserves,” Alfredo Vera, one of the organizers, said late Friday. “Congratulations, beloved and eternal commandant.”
The former president didn t make it to his own birthday bash — hardly a surprise since he appears infrequently since he stepped down in 2006, at first temporarily, and then permanently in 2008, due to an intestinal illness that he later said nearly killed him.