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Peace without Borders

Submitted by on September 21, 2009 – 8:08 am6 Comments

Juanes in Havana, CubaIt is plainly obvious that as Latinos, we are not all alike. (Got that advertisers and marketers?) The heat and division that preceeded the concert given by Colombian star and singer, Juanes, in Havana yesterday provides plenty of proof.

Should he go? Should he not go? Protests against, posts for. Would it help promote and legitimize a communist regime? Would it help move Cuba toward freedom?

Blogger Yoani Sanchez, the bravest broad in Havana, if you ask me, wrote a post today expecting that everything will basically go back to being the same. But, she went — along with 1.1 million other Cubans and tourists — to see a different energy in the Plaza.

“The Juanes concert will not have significantly changed our lives, but nor did I go to the Plaza with this illusion. It would be unfair to demand of the young Columbian singer that he propel those changes that we ourselves have not managed to make, despite wanting them so much.
I was at the esplanade to check out how different the same space can be when it accommodates crowds organized from above, versus when it shelters a group of people dancing, singing and
interacting without the involvement of politics. “

More links on the Paz Sin Fronteras concert:
USA Today: Latin pop star surprises Havana concert by shouting ‘Free Cuba!’
A photo set of the event by Por la Ruta on Flickr.
Video highlights of performances by Olga Tañon, Orishas and Silvio Rodriguez collected on Univision.com
The Miami Herald: Olga Tañon kicks off her Peace without Borders performance with the lyrics: “Es mentiroso ese hombre,” she sang. That man is a liar. Cuban-Americans have mixed reactions to concert.

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  • Catherine says:

    Gotta love Yoani.

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  • Tia Mirtha says:

    Me quede en la casa para ver el concierto de Juanes. La primera fue Olga Tanon, tenia energia y la cancion con que abrio estaba muy buena. El resto de los artistas fueron aburridos y cansones. Miguel Bose ya esta viejo y sus canciones siempre me gustaron cuando era mas joven. Juanes es una persona de buenos sentimientos, que yo creo piensa que con este concierto, las cosas van a cambiar en Cuba. Tiene buenas intenciones, no creo que pase nada. Olga Tanon no me gusta de la forma que se expresa del exilio Cubano.. no se que es lo que ella se cree, Mother Theresa de Calcuta? Very much mixed feeling about this concer. The only reported that was out there with the people, was Fernando del Rincon. His story of what happen to him in Cuba are increible. He is in Twitter and Face Book, check him out.

  • Evenshine says:

    Oh, Yoani, amorcita. ColOMbian. Not COLUMBIAN.

    • Carrie says:

      Yup, it is wrong, but I think she has some volunteer translators. It stops me too, especially since we have a Columbia, TN. I always had to think twice when I worked at the paper…I think I may have made a Tennessean or two a Colombian!

  • Abuela says:

    Ah!I for one a very happy person after watching the video taken when Juanes,Bose are crying like a couple of Magdalenas after finding out that la Seguridad del Estado were keeping an eye on all of them,according to Bose they felt humiliate and lots of other things that if you want to see go to www/mega.tv and you will see all the videos,they got a little taste of what Cubans get 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year, plus 50 years of putting up with that dis-government, and as far a Olga Tañon, I will keep to myself what I think of her(my darling daughter will delete my comment)

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