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By Harold Emert, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - After two years in Venezuela surviving food shortages, electricity blackout, runaway inflation, foreign bank account stoppages, and even prohibited border closings, Brazilian virtuoso flutist James Strauss, 44, recently arrived in Colombia.

Already with "saudades" or "missing" his young Venezuelan musicians, the Recife-born flutist told The Rio Times between concerts in Colombia that despite all the problems in the land of President/Dictator Nicola Maduro, he will be returning there to play music.

“I simply fell in love with the Venezuelans and the love they have for music. They are very . . .

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